In the good old, hands off days of publishing, the writer was responsible for turning in his or her book, after which it was the responsibility of the hundreds of staff members at the publishing house to take it from there. Now, of course, those hundreds of staff members have been laid off, and writers get to do a lot of new things, like writing flap copy, planning book events, and – this is relatively new – creating material that can “go viral” on the Internet.
With very few newspapers, and even fewer book review sections in those newspapers, the new way to get the word out about a new book is to upload a short, eye-catching video on You Tube. What you are about to look at was written by me, produced by Kathy Abbott of Abbott Productions, and contributed to by numerous friends and family who were essentially dragooned into being part of the production. But the most important part of the production is you. Will you watch it? Or will you not? And if you do, will The Journal Keeper find another reader? This is beyond my control, but when you toss a note in a bottle onto the waves, you hope the person who retrieves it is friendly.