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Old 15 December 2018, 22:59
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If Magician is monitoring this thread - any word on when Rosetta Stone will be released as a hardcopy ?
I have it in hard copy, got it weeks ago.
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Old 16 December 2018, 01:06
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^^^^^ Roger - thanks, Gavin. I assume the initial quantities sold out then. Only the kindle version is available on Amazon at the moment.
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Old 17 December 2018, 02:59
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Howdy!

Rosetta Stone was too long, too big, at 490 pages: Amazon priced it at $88 for a hard copy. I pulled it.

I split it up into two books, Metamorphosis and Revelation. Both are available on GoogleBooks, so you can preview before you buy. They cost much less. Amazon prices a hard copy of Metamorphosis in black and white at $24.99.

A full color edition is available from Barnes & Noble for $34.99.

EBook editions are much less, priced at $9.99, I believe.

Those few who purchased a hard copy of the original Rosetta Stone now own a rare artifact. I could not live with myself with Amazon charging $88 for that book. My royalty was $10. Amazon was profiteering.

Anyway. The contents of Rosetta Stone are now available as separate books. Check them out on a GoogleBooks to be certain that you want to buy them.

Sorry for the confusion! I am a writer, and not a publisher! And I am not a designer. LOL.

I hope that you like these books! Please leave a review after you read them. Review them anywhere. Google, Amazon, B&N, iTunes.

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Excellent.

Do you prefer reviews at any site in particular?
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Old 17 December 2018, 03:52
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Excellent.

Do you prefer reviews at any site in particular?
Probably best at the source where you acquired it. Wherever you bought it, I think.

Maybe on GoodReads? I do not really understand that site.

Thank you for buying my work! Thank you for reading it! And thank you for reviewing it!

Some of the folks who reviewed my first book are now immortalized in Revelation. LOL!
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Old 17 December 2018, 11:36
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Howdy!

Rosetta Stone was too long, too big, at 490 pages: Amazon priced it at $88 for a hard copy. I pulled it.

I split it up into two books, Metamorphosis and Revelation. Both are available on GoogleBooks, so you can preview before you buy. They cost much less. Amazon prices a hard copy of Metamorphosis in black and white at $24.99.

A full color edition is available from Barnes & Noble for $34.99.

EBook editions are much less, priced at $9.99, I believe.

Those few who purchased a hard copy of the original Rosetta Stone now own a rare artifact. I could not live with myself with Amazon charging $88 for that book. My royalty was $10. Amazon was profiteering.

Anyway. The contents of Rosetta Stone are now available as separate books. Check them out on a GoogleBooks to be certain that you want to buy them.

Sorry for the confusion! I am a writer, and not a publisher! And I am not a designer. LOL.

I hope that you like these books! Please leave a review after you read them. Review them anywhere. Google, Amazon, B&N, iTunes.

Thank you!
Damn. Ok - so no chance of getting an original hardcopy? I would willingly pay the $88... (and then some)

So my options for getting hardcopies of any form now are to pick up Metamorphosis and Revelation? - Got it. Thank you, Magician - I look forward to reading these.
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Old 17 December 2018, 12:38
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Damn. Ok - so no chance of getting an original hardcopy? I would willingly pay the $88... (and then some)

So my options for getting hardcopies of any form now are to pick up Metamorphosis and Revelation? - Got it. Thank you, Magician - I look forward to reading these.
I am really sorry about the confusion. I am not a designer nor a publisher, and it is obvious in retrospect that these two books are two books ... but as I was writing Revelation it was the preface to Rosetta Stone.

Revelation needs to be its own book. But when I was writing it, it was the preface to Rosetta Stone. I had to clean up continuity errors when I made it into its own book.

So I now have two new books, and they are very different.

Revelation is a metaphysik. It is not for everyone. Some will love it. Many will find it unreadable. I make no judgements. I am just being brutally honest. This is why I made the entire text of Revelation available free on GoogleBooks.

I also made it free to read on Academia.edu and ResearchGate.net.

Folks can check it out, and if they like it, they can throw Doc T some ducats and help me budget for a new computer. I do not really mind if readers read the entirety of Revelation on GoogleBooks and never give me a dime. It means more to me that it gets read. Those who need to read it, who can benefit from it, will find no obstacles in their path.

Metamorphosis is a continuation of the narrative that I began in A Tale of the Grenada Raiders. It consists of bridge chapters that were supposed to go into the Grenada book. I cut them to keep that work lean and clean. There were enough chapters to make another book. And A Tale of the Grenada Raiders was big enough without them.

So Metamorphosis is book 2 in the series Tales of the Rangers. I do not think that Revelation fits in that series. It is a separate thing, it stands outside the series, though it does explain why I write these books as I do.

A reader reached out to me, and he specifically asked for the details that comprise Metamorphosis. I did not really find them interesting, this is my life, and I live it, but he wanted to know what it was like to go through RIP back in the day and what was it like to be trained as an SF Medic.

You just never know how a book will be received. I think that I got lucky with A Tale. It took me 26 years to complete it. I worked on Metamorphosis for some 13 years. Maybe I should have held it and worked on it longer.

Anyway. The easy way to find all the links to these books is on my website at www.magickingdomdispatch.com. You can buy them through Amazon, or Barnes & Noble, Google or Apple. Or you can read them free on GoogleBooks. I am a writer. I just want readers. I figure that the money that I need to buy new hardware will come to me one way or another.

At some point, I will complete a Corrected Edition of A Tale of the Grenada Raiders, as Ranger Jerry Shorma came up on the net, and I finally interviewed him. He read the book and pointed out some errors that I have to fix.

A Tale is a work of history. It is not fiction. So when Jerry points out errors, he is pointing out errors of fact. As an historian I have an obligation to correct the record.

This will also give me the opportunity to sneak in some stylistic fixes.

Karl Monger is interviewing me again for his radio show on the 19th, so I will post the link to that when he publishes it.

As always, please leave a review wherever you buy the books! If you do not buy them but just read them on GoogleBooks, please leave a review there!

All these reviews add up. They give me insight into my audience, and they confirm what I suspect in my bones.

I refer to many reviewers in Revelation by name, so some folks who reviewed A Tale are now famous.

I will do the same thing when I finalize Tales of the Rangers, which is forecasted to drop on 25 October 2019.

Thank you for reading! Thank you for buying my books! And thank you for your comments!

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Old 17 December 2018, 20:45
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It was briefly released, but Amazon was scalping again due to it's physical size. The book was chopped into 2 smaller versions; Metamorphosis & Revelation; both available in physical (paperback) copies.
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Just received Metamorphosis and Revelation hard copies today. Setting aside a few hours this weekend to begin reading...
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Old 12 January 2019, 07:19
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Just received Metamorphosis and Revelation hard copies today. Setting aside a few hours this weekend to begin reading...
I look forward to hearing your comments. Reviews on these books are sparse, but sales are continual. Low numbers, but consistent.
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I use the prefaces in my books to engage in a dialogue with my readers, citing reviewers by name. I will begin including links to their reviews, as all eBooks handle URLs.

The first chapter of Revelation uses this trope, as does the last couple of chapters.

Karl Monger posted our interview and the audio was impossible. We are re-doing the interview next week. It takes Karl about a week to post the interview.

This is annoying, as we talk about things that are interesting to veterans. Subjects that can materially help veterans.

It is very strange: the sales of Metamorphosis and Revelation are low, slow and continuous. I sell two or three a day, every day, principally through Amazon. It is about a 50/50 split between Kindle and paperbacks.

I do sell copies through Apple iBooks and GooglePlay. GooglePlay is the cheapest outlet, making it a point to undersell Amazon. My royalty remains unaffected by this.

Yon told me that there would also be an uptick in purchases of my first book, and he was right: folks are buying A Tale of the Grenada Raiders as well.

I will post a corrected edition in a few weeks incorporating Ranger Shorma's corrections. Everyone who purchased previous versions will be able to delete their copy and download the revised version at no cost.

One more comment about fame: I have been famous a couple of times. I got to say that it is supremely unpleasant. At least, I found it supremely unpleasant.

I am paranoid anyway, always switched on and watching my surroundings when I am in public. When you see recognition as you scan, when people look at you and they know who you are, I felt vulnerable. I hated it.

I have made it a point to emphasize only historical likenesses of myself, the most recent photo of me available on the net is of myself and Ranger Czar dated 2004 in Baghdad.

I need to be able to stalk the sois of Bangkok with anonymity. I do not need recognition, and I do not like it.

I understand now why writers like Thomas Pynchon and Salinger embraced anonymity. The irony is that their anonymity fed their public myth: it made them even more infamous.

Thank you to everybody buying these books!

Please review them! Review them anywhere. I just set up GoodReads, which appears to be integrated with Facebook and Amazon.

Thank you!
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I look forward to hearing your comments. Reviews on these books are sparse, but sales are continual. Low numbers, but consistent.
Maybe not tomorrow or the next day but it wouldn't surprise me at all if sales blow up once word starts to spread outside the community. You've said before money wasn't the primary motivation but you know what they say about having a lot of it: Doesn't suck.

I've seen far less worthy books take off. You never know.
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I definitely need to upgrade from my old MacBook Air, and new Macs are not cheap. I need better hardware to do Audio books and video.

Karl and I did the interview over a couple of days ago. The sound will be much better this time.

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Maybe not tomorrow or the next day but it wouldn't surprise me at all if sales blow up once word starts to spread outside the community. You've said before money wasn't the primary motivation but you know what they say about having a lot of it: Doesn't suck.

I've seen far less worthy books take off. You never know.
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I just finished Metamorphosis. Amazing book.

I will need a little time to compose my thoughts and write up a review to post to Amazon.

For now, off the top of my head, your unique writing style remains at the forefront of this book. And the sharing of your experiences from your youth certainly resonated with me - many similarities. The deeper, more profound aspects of your story linger and stir feelings and memories - known and unknown - which is why I want to let them settle before I write a review. But suffice to say for now: a truly special piece of writing. Can't wait to begin Revelation.
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Sorry for the late reply. I am traveling and my net access blows.

Thank you for reading Metamorphosis!

Revelation is very different. You may find it best to read to read it chapter by chapter.

I really appreciate your kind comments!


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I just finished Metamorphosis. Amazing book.

I will need a little time to compose my thoughts and write up a review to post to Amazon.

For now, off the top of my head, your unique writing style remains at the forefront of this book. And the sharing of your experiences from your youth certainly resonated with me - many similarities. The deeper, more profound aspects of your story linger and stir feelings and memories - known and unknown - which is why I want to let them settle before I write a review. But suffice to say for now: a truly special piece of writing. Can't wait to begin Revelation.
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Just started reading the your first book and got to the initial scene on the DZ, had to drop the kindle and tell my wife i needed to go for a walk, which got a look from my wife considering it was only 15 degrees out. Wasn't there with you brother but your writing had me right on that heavy ruck. I know the accolade of "Warrior, Poet" is overused but in your case it is warranted....Hemingway was a pussy.....
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[QUOTE=Junglework;1058777381]Just started reading the your first book and got to the initial scene on the DZ, had to drop the kindle and tell my wife i needed to go for a walk, which got a look from my wife considering it was only 15 degrees out. Wasn't there with you brother but your writing had me right on that heavy ruck. I know the accolade of "Warrior, Poet" is overused but in your case it is warranted....Hemingway was a pussy....as a aside Jesse Laye was my plt.sgt in the 82nd 77-78
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Sorry about that. Many readers report getting triggered.

Remember: it is just a book.

That said: everything happens between the six inches separating our ears.

Everything.

Thanks for reading!


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Just started reading the your first book and got to the initial scene on the DZ, had to drop the kindle and tell my wife i needed to go for a walk, which got a look from my wife considering it was only 15 degrees out. Wasn't there with you brother but your writing had me right on that heavy ruck. I know the accolade of "Warrior, Poet" is overused but in your case it is warranted....Hemingway was a pussy....as a aside Jesse Laye was my plt.sgt in the 82nd 77-78
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Review of Metamorphosis posted to Amazon. Beginning Revelations this weekend.
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