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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

New Review for Robert Rodes biography


"For any serious student of the Civil War, and especially those interested in the vaunted Army of Northern Virginia, this book is a must. It is also a most welcome addition to Civil War historiography, for Collins was able to save Rodes from drifting further and further into the shadows of neglect." --John Hoptak, Park Ranger, Antietam National Battlefield.

Jump over to John's website by clicking here if you would like to read the entire review about Darrel Collins' recently released and simply outstanding biography.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

One Continuous Fight heading for the Book Clubs


We are proud to announce that One Continuous Fight: The Retreat from Gettysburg and the Pursuit of Lee's Army of Northern Virginia, July 4-14, 1863, by Eric J. Wittenberg, J. David Petruzzi, and Michael F. Nugent has been chosen as an alternate selection by the History and Military book clubs. Congratulations, gentlemen.

We are also pleased to announce that the second edition has been printed, and will be released the first week of October. The popularity of this title continues, with back orders mounting and Amazon and individual here in-house orders stacked up. We printed a reasonable second edition run according to our normal sales models, but as it stands, the second edition is already 60% sold out.

Stay tuned for more information, and thank you for your support.

--tps

Friday, September 12, 2008

Gunny Pop Appears at Ground Zero


On September 11, Nick "Gunny Pop" Popaditch appeared with other vets at Ground Zero on the anniversary of the attack against our country by 7th Century death cultists who quickly found themselves in Hell. With the help of Nick and other brave American soldiers and Marines, thousands more have joined them.

After four radio shows (including a great interview on WOR with Rita Cosby), Nick, his wife April, and co-author Mike Steere attended a special book release/signing event in a Penthouse on the 66th Floor of Trump Towers in Manhattan. The Donald showed up to meet Nick, which was very special. That was the only reason he came, and he left immediately thereafter.

Nick and April are flying to Texas today (September 12) for a big event in Dallas.


New York publicist Sandy Frazier attended the September 11th event and captured some great photos (some appear with this post) She prepared a great write-up of the event. She also prepared a superb slide show that is available here.




We hope everyone reading this post will take a moment to forward it to their email address base, link to it, and purchase a book for themselves or a friend (inscribed first editions available at www.onceamarine.com).

Support our vets. They allow the rest of us to live the wonderful free lives we enjoy each day.

Thank you.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Watch the Book Trailer for "Once a Marine"


As many of you know, we are always seeking ways to stay ahead of the competition, elevate our books and authors, and maintain a momentum in what is an otherwise stagnant industry.

Therefore, I take great pride in presenting to you a Hollywood-style book trailer we prepared for Once a Marine: An Iraq War Tank Commander's Inspirational Memoir of Combat, Courage, and Recovery, by Nick Popaditch with Mike Steere (Savas Beatie, October 1, 2008).

Turn up the volume, and make sure you watch to the very end for a "special" photo message from "Gunny Pop" Nick. I know you will appreciate seeing him.

PLEASE NOTE: this YouTube trailer is the LOW-resolution version. The high-resolution trailer (with full credits and better graphics) will be streaming off a variety of websites including www.savasbeatie.com, www.onceamarine.com, and all the Weider History Group sites. The high-resolution version can be opened to full screen to fully appreciate the power of the imagery. It will also be available for free high-resolution download, and is TV quality.

ABOUT NICK: Nick "Gunny Pop" Popaditch is a former marine Gunnery Sergeant, a Silver Star winner, a 15-year veteran of the USMC, and was widely known around the world as "The Cigar Marine:" (Google it.). His tanks captured Firdos "Saddam" square in April 2003 and pulled down the hated statue. Nick was severely wounded one year later with an RPG (rocket propelled grenade) to the head, which was captured live by a media news crew. He had to fight his way through an incredible odyssey of turmoil, heartbreak, and bureaucracy to recover everything he had lost. His website is www.onceamarine.com.

HOW TO HELP NICK: We would appreciate if you would consider embedding this on your site, linking to the video, and supporting Nick and his family in any way you are able. The success of this book will open doors for this blind warrior, and hopefully provide revenue and success to someone who has sacrificed so much for his country. Nick is a very apolitical marine. He "stays in his lane" and talks about what he knows--the USMC, leading men, training, being a drill instructor, combat, and leadership.

EMAIL US and we will send you the code to embed this video.

If you would like an excerpt of his book to post on your site, photos, or an interview with Nick himself, just contact Sarah Keeney: sarahs@savasbeatie.com / 916-941-6896.

SIGNED COPIES: Signed / inscribed first edition copies will be available, and they can be reserved at www.onceamarine.com or www.savasbeatie.com. They are going fast, and the first edition is already 50% accounted for.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Digital Downloads, Part 2

The post about digital downloads, together with the quiz I ran recently triggered a lot of interest, inquiry, emails, and a few phone calls.

The quiz read as follows: Would you purchase digital downloads of select portions of titles?

Here is how the answers broke down:

YES: 2 (8%)
MAYBE: 11 (45%)
NO: 7 (29%)
I AM NOT SURE: 4 (16%)

I think these numbers reveal that there is interest, and if the right downloads are made available, people will download them. It is a direction we are actively exploring, and I will report back as events dictate.