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Kindle version now available

…for $1.99. That’s it.

I wanted to make purchasing the book an easy decision to make.  Buy it here!

If you find it in your heart to be so generous, please throw a review up on Amazon for either version of OTRC (paperback or Kindle).


The Self-Publishing Chronicles Part Eleven: CreateSpace’s Customer Service Fail, Errata, and More

Now that I’ve officially released the book, I’m racing to tie up loose ends and move forward:

I’m still waiting for CreateSpace/Kindle to finish formatting the book for Kindle release.  I got this message from CreateSpace/Kindle on 5/19:

Within 3 to 5 business days, we will send you a message that we’re ready for you to provide an ISBN or select a free CreateSpace ISBN for the Kindle version of this title. In order for us to move forward with the creation of your Kindle-Ready files, this step must be completed through your CreateSpace Member Account. If you choose to provide your own ISBN, keep in mind that it cannot be the same ISBN that you used for your paperback book.

Once you provide an ISBN, we will proceed with the creation of your files. This service will be completed within three to four weeks, at which point you will receive your Kindle-Ready files.

3-4 weeks after 3-5 business days? My expectations were shaped by their website ad, which quoted “typical turnaround time” at 2-3 weeks. Check it out:

Please review my book on Amazon!

I’m extremely self-conscious about my self-published authorial debut. So much so, that I’ve started a running list of mistakes.

Thanks for that. You deserve a reward.

Here’s a top-secret code, good for $5 off: L2BWTZ7T Use it before Wednesday with this link.

My book is now available!

I really tried to stick to my initial plan of a June 7 release date so that the paperback edition and Kindle version would be available at the same time.

As of today, the Kindle conversion is moving slowly and word of my book’s availability has been leaking, so…I’m officially saying that Off the Record Collection: Riffs, Rants, and Writings about Rock is a real thing.

Here’s where you can find it:

CreateSpace (an Amazon company) (get $3 off the cover price with discount code DF5K8AAD)


Kindle (coming very soon for a very reasonable price)

If it moves you, please leave a review on Amazon. You can say mean stuff in the review, but do know that such behavior erodes the soul.

To celebrate the book’s release, I’m inviting friends and family to join me at Challengers Comics (1845 N. Western) for a cocktail/beer/reception/signing on Friday, June 24, from 7-10pm. More on that in the weeks to come.

I was interviewed about my book on Haaf-Onion’s site. Read it here.

What’s Off the Record Collection about? Here’s an excerpt from the “official” description:

Off the Record Collection compiles Chicago media personality/author James VanOsdol’s writings about rock and roll in its myriad forms, with special attention paid to classic rock, alt rock, and the dynamic Chicago music scene.

As an active member of the blogging community since 2004, VanOsdol’s turned in a wealth of material about the music he loves, loathes, and simply can’t understand the appeal of.

Included in Off the Record Collection are old blog entries put into contemporary context, never-before-seen material, and content created exclusively for this book’s release.

It’s important to mention/reiterate that this is a completely self-published work. As a result, you may find some errors within. Even though I used the book’s intro to apologize in advance for possible mistakes, I felt the need to acknowledge discovered mistakes in their own post:




The Self-Publishing Chronicles Part Ten: It’s out, kinda.

As I mentioned in my last post on the topic, I made the decision to surrender control of Kindle formatting to Kindle’s publishing services. Their solicit says that conversion usually takes 2-3 weeks, though after committing to the process and having my credit card charged, Team Kindle let me know that I’m looking at something closer to five weeks.

This has completely thrown off my plan to simultaneously launch the paperback and Kindle versions on June 7. As a result, I’ve been wondering whether I should push the official launch back or do separate releases.

The tricky thing is that the book is now technically available, though I’ve made no public announcement of that fact.  A formal public push and marketing effort will come in June, but visitors to my site deserve an early heads-up. With that, let’s just consider this blog post a “soft release” of the paperback version. Kindle will have to wait.

You can knock $3 off the obscene cover price with a limited-time (this weekend only) discount code on CreateSpace:

The link
The code: RWNDPPKH

CreateSpace is owned by Amazon, but I’m not entirely sure if your Amazon login will work on the site. Let me know if that is/isn’t the case.

If Amazon is more in your comfort zone, you can pay full price here.

Off we go…