Happy Festivus– I’ve got a lot of problems with you people!

Bring on the feats of strength and the airing of grievances.  Today is the official day of Festivus– 23 Dec.

Break out the aluminum pole.

In honor of the holiday, I’ll be bypassing Xmas this year, as my wife and I have for the past five Xmases for very personal reasons, which I will not air as it is of grief not grievances and there is a difference.

Plus, I’m on deadline (isn’t every write ALWAYS on deadline?).

I am happy to air some good news.  We have a new home and I love looking out the window of my new office at the Tennessee River and in the far distance, through gaps in the ridges, I can see the peaks of the Smoky Mountains to the south.

47 North released Area 51 Nightstalkers and it’s doing well.  The reviews are interesting.  I almost feel as if some of the reviewers really didn’t want to like the book but did so anyway.  It’s a bit different than my past books because I’ve really hit my stride with voice– you’ll either love it or hate.  Omniscient, snarky, and fast.

My (and Jen Talty’s) company, Cool Gus, also just published The Green Beret Survival Guide for the Apocalypse, Zombies & More.  Despite the funny title and the humor in the book, it is a very serious subject.  I’ve gone through several different types of survival training and spent many, many days in tough environments.  But I learned a lot putting this book together.  The biggest thing is that I really couldn’t find a practical survival guide covering everything from day to day accidents and situations, through natural disasters and man-made emergencies.  So I wrote one.  I also use a lot of movie and books as examples in the book.

Something else we did, well I suggested and Jen did, was put bitly hyperlinks to every product, movie, web site and book mentioned in the book.  For the print version, we inserted QR codes you can scan and go right to the page.  We consolidated all that here on our own Cool Gus survival page.  We’re not endorsing these products, but I really think there are easier ways to prepare for survival than learning how to can goods.  Experts have done a lot of this stuff for you.

2013 looks to be an exciting year at Cool Gus as we bring on a handful of authors.  We have a different business model, one we feel works well in this rapidly changing publishing world where everyone is afraid of making a mistake or getting locked into a long term contract.  We want happy, productive authors.  We think every author is in a unique position so we tailor our working relationship that way.  We just published Sam Horn’s classic book Tongue Fu: Get Along Better With Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime.  I first met Sam a long time ago when she Emceed the Maui Writers Conference and we’ve very proud to bring it out for the first time in eBook.

Happy Festivus for the rest of us!

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  1. Julie Day says:

    Happy Festivus, Bob. Am currently reading one of your non-fiction ebooks and am enjoying it as it is making me think about my writing and what I truly want out of it.

  2. D.D. Scott says:

    Happy Festivus indeed, my friend!!!

    And cheers to you and your family and Cool Gus family as we head on into the new year!!!

    Congrats too on all of your new releases! :-)

    P.S. Isn’t the Tennessee River just grand?!

  3. Dale Amidei says:

    I’m sorry for your pain, Mr. Mayer. We’ll be praying for healing. It’s what we do.

  4. Dana Delamar says:

    Happy Festivus, Bob! Congrats on your new home, hitting new strides in your writing, and all the new projects at Cool Gus. Wishing you a happy and successful new year!

  5. Happy belated Festivus, and Happy New Year to you and yours, Bob!

    I look forward to the post-holiday gifting of your survival guide to a number of family and friends.

    Enjoy the view. :-)