Friday, February 20, 2009

You asked for it

Over the past three years, some of you have suggested that we publish some of my serialized stories in book form. "I'd buy it," some of you wrote. Well, here's your chance.

If you haven't noticed the ad at the upper right of this page, take a look. You can order "Enter, With Torches" online, and it's cheap, comparatively. I've given the stories a slightly different treatment, added a few things and a whole lot more photos.

This book is for you, loyal followers of the G.O.E., but not for you alone. It's also for this newspaper, the Observer-Reporter, which could use a little help right now. As you well know, newspapers are going through some pretty tough times, and this newspaper is not immune. In the past couple of weeks, I've lost 7 valuable professional employees from the news department to retirement and layoffs.

The O-R, like everyone else, has to find new ways to make money so it can continue to employ us. This is one of them. I won't make a cent from this book, but hopefully, the good company that has employed me these past 36 years will. This may sound corny and sentimental, but I owe an awful lot to the company that has paid me regularly all these years and given me the opportunity to express myself, in print and online, and expose it to the consequences of my opinions.

So, criminy! Buy the book, and when it's sent to you in April, turn off your computer for a while and read it. And while you're at it, buy another for a friend.


Ellipses said...

Hey Park... I have 32,194 email addresses for Washington county... if you want to try some email marketing of your book, it would be 10 cents per unique email address.

Anonymous said...


Park Burroughs said...

Nope. You don't go willingly to a site to get your spam; it comes with relentless regularity to your e-mail in-box.

Ellipses said...

Also, my list is double opt-in and you would have the option to opt-out from future mailings. It is, essentially, electronic direct mail. We follow can-spam laws and only utilize our service to market legitimate products. It reduces costs by eliminating print and postage costs and, depending on the product offered, it can have a higher return than blind direct mail.

Anonymous said...

Park, I think anon was talking about Ellipses, not your post.