My indie pub-co, Glenneyre Press, now has an exclusive audiobook distribution deal through Audible, which also means that our audiobook titles will be available on Amazon and iTunes.
I’m happy to announce that INFINITY, Go Forth and Kick Some Ass: Be the Hero of Your Own Life Story and Transistor Rodeo can now be downloaded from both Audible and Amazon and should be available from iTunes in a few short days.
If you’re an Audible member, grab one of these great books today! Keep an eye out. I promise more really awesome audiobooks coming soon…
GO FORTH AND KICK SOME ASS
I know a lot of you out there love hard copies and I’ve gotten more than a few requests to release paperback versions of both these books… and yes, more MYN paperbacks are on the way soon…
“The Killing of Osama Bin Laden: How the Mission to Hunt Down a Terrorist Mastermind was Accomplished” is a concise and detail rich telling of the historic manhunt for the world’s number one most-wanted terrorist.
“Go Forth and Kick Some Ass: Be the Hero of Your Own Life Story” is for anyone who has ever suffered from the crippling self doubt that comes from feeling like your life is stuck in a rut. Ordained minister, Mark Yoshimoto Nemcoff, a.k.a. “The Rev. MYN” will take you though some simple steps how to power yourself out of that rut and get back on track.
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Over the last few days, I’ve been extremely humbled by a trio of emails I received from people who wanted to let me know that the preachings of the Rev. MYN and my motivational book “Go Forth and Kick Some Ass” had profoundly impacted their lives.
“…Your motivation has helped me carve out a fresh start for myself in a new job with a 50% pay raise.” – TOM C.
“I was able to pull my grades up in time to open up all these doors and provide myself with a bright future…. I wouldn’t have been able to get where I am without the encouragement you preach…” – ADAM D.
“…helped me out by making me ask questions about what I wanted to do and how I could be a better attorney…” – TIM W.
Yeah, I know a lot of you only think of me as that goofball who does that PCH thing. LOL… but truly, I am grateful to know that the simple little lessons I’ve learned that help me stay motivated, creative and moving forward do indeed resonate with others. If you have any comments about my Rev. MYN sermons or Go Forth and Kick Some Ass, please feel free to drop me a line.
And yes, there’s another Rev. MYN book coming in 2012!
I have often told people that I think of publishing an eBook as planting a seed. One that can grow into something and keep growing for the months and years to come. In July, I noticed that I had two books on bestseller lists at the same time. Last night, I noticed that three very different books of mine were all on Kindle bestseller lists.
Go Forth and Kick Some Ass is again on the Kindle bestseller list for CREATIVITY! Yes! It’s been slowly picking up steam again. I’m thrilled about this because even though some may think it’s a bit cocky for me to write a “self help” book, this was a product of several sermons I gave as the “Rev. MYN” (Yes, I actually am an ordained minister believe it or not). I’d rather think of it as a book on how to channel your best work no matter what you do. I’ve often had people asking me about how to get motivated creatively, so I decided to put it all in an easy-to-digest ebook. I’m working on a follow-up to “Go Forth” which will be made up of those original Rev. MYN sermons. Look for it soon.
The Killing of Osama Bin Laden continues to sell regularly. It’s been at the top or near top of the TERRORISM list since it’s release in May. It’s a short book and a very concise telling of how we got Bin Laden. Part detective story, part tech thriller and part Bruckheimer action blowout. I’m proud to say that this was the VERY FIRST book on Bin Laden’s death published anywhere in the world and has sold many, many thousands of copies across the globe. Though the popularity of the topic has waned a bit, it was such a major historic event that I feel it will continue to sell copies every day for a very long time… and no, at this time I have no plans on writing a book about how Ghadaffi was killed… but only because I don’t think the last chapter of that story has been told yet.
For me, publishing is a long tail business and Where’s My F*cking Latte taught me that firsthand. This is a book that first came out in paperback in 2007, then for the Kindle in 2008 and then by 2009, started inching up the Kindle bestseller list for TELEVISION. For the most part it has sat at #1 on that list for the last 3 months. Just lately, it’s crawled up to the top of the MOVIES bestseller list as well. I’m happy to say that, at least for the moment, it’s #1 on both lists. I’m even outselling Roger Ebert’s book! Not bad for an indie.
In actuality, Where’s My F*cking Latte is on 3 different Amazon bestseller lists: Kindle bestsellers for Movies and Television and Amazon’s overall bestseller list for all books (ebooks and print) for Television (currently #6)
The Killing of Osama Bin Laden is also on 3 different Amazon bestseller lists: Kindle books for Terrorism, Middle East and also for all books on Afghanistan (Yes, there’s a list for that! LOL)
So that’s SEVEN, count ‘em 7, bestseller lists that these three books currently sit on. Books that I don’t really actively promote much, if at all. Am I stoked? Hell yes!
Bottom line. eBooks are seeds that, once planted, can grow into mighty oaks. It may take weeks, months or even years… but once that book is out there, it can continue to pick up an audience for a very long time.
From composing music for TV and videogames to screenwriting/TV writing, producing, on-camera hosting, voice overs as well as penning and publishing books, I have been fortunate to have earned a living doing creative stuff my entire adult life. One thing I learned long ago was that you can strengthen your natural gifts of creativity with constant use and practice the same way an athlete gets stronger with exercise. A couple years ago I started this list as a reminder to myself how to mentally approach the game of being and staying creative. Today, I thought it was time to share it with you.
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS OF CREATIVITY
- Define your art. Don’t let your art define you.
- Slide head first. Commit and give it everything you got.
- Sometimes the greatest achievements are accomplished by those who are not smart enough to know what is impossible.
- The obstacles in your life do not prevent you from living your life. The obstacles in your life are your life.
- Accolades are motivational annuities you cash in when life has you down.
- An artist is someone who lives in a world of their own making. A businessman is someone who can make people pay to be part of a world. In order to succeed creatively, you need to do both well.
- Enlightenment comes from stripping away the mental manacles holding you back and focusing deeply on something new that feels right in your heart and mind.
- No detail is too small, but recognize when you’ve obsessed too long over the small stuff.
- If someone tells you they absolutely hate your work, you’re most likely doing something right to evoke that strong of a response.
- And finally…. Never ever, ever give up, ever.
What do you think? Do you have any self-motivating axioms that you use to stay focused and creative? Hmmmm… maybe The Ten Commandments of Creativity will be the sequel to my previous book on creative focus: Go Forth and Kick Some Ass
Can an artist go too far? I saw a random discussion on Facebook where one talented writer was wondering if he was going too far with his work in terms of the “grit.” It made me realize there’s a real importance to the self-realization of whether or not you are going too far because it signals an awareness that you are now venturing into uncharted territory as an artist… and I discuss what I think are the important aspects about approaching that fear.
Lots more info as to what’s going on, stuff about the upcoming comic book series, updates on how high The Killing of Osama Bin Laden hit on the Amazon top 100 non-fiction bestsellers list, what’s going on with my TV projects, etc…
Also, there’s an UPDATED version of Where’s My F*cking Latte that includes 3 new stories!
WHERE’S MY F*CKING LATTE? (And other stories about being an assistant in Hollywood) - Amazon link: http://amzn.to/i81NfQ
THE KILLING OF OSAMA BIN LADEN (How the Mission to Hunt Down a Terrorist Mastermind was Accomplished) – Amazon link: http://amzn.to/jzGxmr
GO FORTH AND KICK SOME ASS (Be the hero of your own life story) - Amazon link: http://amzn.to/dQpdF4
GO FORTH AND KICK SOME ASS (be the hero of your own life story) - AUDIOBOOK: http://bit.ly/frdCkP
DIARY OF A MADMAN – Amazon link: http://amzn.to/fiFHtl
NUMBER ONE WITH A BULLET – Amazon link: http://amzn.to/eX1OGD
THE DOOMSDAY CLUB – Amazon link: http://amzn.to/fDJvbM
BADLANDS – Amazon link: http://amzn.to/eZMInR
The Killing of Osama Bin Laden is a #1 Kindle bestseller in the category of Middle East History! And, even cooler, the #2 bestselling book on ALL of Amazon (Kindle and dead tree books) in the category of Middle East History!
It’s also #55 in the overall “History” category for all books and #19 for just Kindle books.
Also #5 in the Kindle’s “Military History” category.
This I love, I’m outselling Donald Rumsfeld’s book in the category of Middle East History. Hah!
Plus, writing the Bin Laden book just got me a book deal… more details on that soon, I promise.
And if that isn’t cool enough…
WHERE’S MY F*CKING LATTE? after a couple of years is still rocking the charts in it’s categories. #4 Kindle book in Television and #19 in all books about Television.
That’s right 3 Bestsellers on the charts… and all without an agent or mainstream publisher. It can be done!