|The book... coming soon on Amazon|
and Kindle Direct Publishing.
In a few weeks, I will release my book, "JUST DRIVE - Life in the Bus Lane." It's a collection of blog posts from the very beginning, polished to a luster not seen before. The serious to the silliness, the extreme and the angst involved with bus operation. Many of you have said these posts are eerily similar to your own feelings about our disrespected profession. It's time for me to put myself out there, to offer my craft to an even wider audience than ever before. And to accomplish my dream, I'm asking each of you to be part of my marketing team.
This blog has hits from Spain to Brazil, Ireland to Russia, Delaware to Nova Scotia. Yet few of you comment any more. Of the currently 157,734 hits, very few of those come with comments these days. Wherefore art you rascals, eh? I know you're out there because I see your visits each time I post. It's you, my beloved readers, who can help me sell a ton of books. One at a time... just share the links I will be posting as the book is published.
I have no media machine backing me, nor am I blessed with marketing genius. I'll be keeping my pen name (for now), so publicizing the book will be challenging at the very least. That's why I need your help.
Once the book becomes available in early October, please help spread the word. Share my marketing posts with your social media friends, email your family and friends. Even more important, ask them to share it as well. Are you on Goodreads? Please be sure to write a review after reading. I promise it's a lively and entertaining trip through the life of a bus operator.
It would amaze me to sell a record amount of books this way. Avoiding having to depend on Big Money to make some extra bucks will be amusing, and challenging. I don't want fame, but I'm hoping my writing will gain some recognition, if so warranted.
If the book does surpass expectations, I'll come out from under the pen name. It would be fun traveling around to bus barns around the world signing copies and meeting more of my brothers and sisters. I can't do this under this shroud of Deke. The only reason I use the pseudonym is that my employer frowns on independent viewpoints because it prefers to control its image.
So... please help? Thank you all for your continued support.
(If willing to put up promotional posters at your transit agency, please send an email with your contact information and union affiliation to Deke at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have media contacts in your area who might be interested, please let me know. I truly appreciate the help only YOU can provide. THANKS BELOVED FTDS READERS!)