ON THE ROAD AGAIN… AND AGAIN… AND AGAIN!

Good morning, family, friends, and faithful followers…..

As many of you know, being a writer means being a traveler.  In order to be successful in today’s publishing world, an author must spend a lot of time, effort, and money promoting their own books.  Advertising budgets have shrunk, and whatever funds are available go to well-established authors.  Seldom do publishers invest big bucks in an up and coming author like me.  (Thank God I married a rich woman!)

So…. in order to promote THE PRESLEY PLOT (and whatever books follow) I have devised a rather brilliant marketing plan!  Modesty prevents me from elaborating on the compliments that I have already received from my gardener and mailman.  However, I will share this concept with you now!  Ladies and gentlemen, it is my pleasure to introduce…..

The S.M.A.R.T. Program!

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Each week, until I win the Pulitzer Prize (They can keep the Nobel Prize!) I will be driving to a different Texas town or city to promote THE PRESLEY PLOT.  Upon my arrival, if there is no posse gathered in the square, I shall proceed to engage in some public speaking (pre-arranged) and hawk some books.  Hopefully, I will sell plenty of copies, but even if sales are modest, I know that I will eat well.  How do I know this, you ask?

Because my first S.M.A.R.T. Adventure will be in lovely Lockhart….. “The Barbecue Capital of Texas!”   (If not the Free World!)  Yes, I shall be joining several hundred thousand race car fanatics for the opening (or close to it) festivities of our brand new N.A.S.C.A.R. Race Track!  I’m not thrilled with watching cars go round and round, but I understand that lots of folks will be in Lockhart in the next few weeks, so it seems like a good place to start my marketing program.  (I just hope I don’t get “off track” when speaking!)

Frankly, I think Lockhart is a wonderful little town, and I’m sure they will adore THE PRESLEY PLOT.  (After all, the book is a little “saucy!”)  I just hope I don’t miss my “cue” when I’m down there!

Well, wish me luck.  I will let you know how I enjoyed this “slice” of Americana!

Love to all,

Doc Yanoff

 

 

THE GOOD BOOK….. THE VERY GOOD BOOK!

No, my friends, not THE PRESLEY PLOT!   The other Good Book.  (The Holy Bible)    I have some interesting news to report, and as you might imagine, it will be the “gospel truth!”  (Surely you saw that one coming!)   Well, in any case, check this out…..

A bible once owned by ELVIS PRESLEY (a Chrisitmas gift from his uncle way back in 1957) was recently sold at auction (in England) for the incredibly sum of …..  59,000 Pounds!

So, you might wonder, how much would that be in U.S. currency?  How does $94,000 sound?  (I hope it sounds good, because that’s the amount.)  My mom always said that the Scriptures can enrich the soul, but she never mentioned an exact number.

I had heard rumors about this auction when I was in London two weeks ago, but I  had no idea that the worn and tattered Bible would fetch such a handsome price.  The big numbers are usually reserved for books or manuscripts that are in good to excellent condition.  The Presley Bible was in fair condition at best, but that just proves how valuable anything connected to the King can be.  When I heard the news I wondered what two reels of never-before-heard songs by Elvis Presley might be worth.  Just between you and me, that would be a good plot for a mystery novel.  (Sounds a little familiar to me!)

Anyway, I understand that an American gentleman was the winning bidder, but the dear boy did not wish to be identified.  (NO, it was not me!)  However, I should mention that there were over 300 bidders involved at the auction and hundreds more bidding online.  (Including a certain mystery author from Austin, Texas.)  In case you’re curious, the Bible was leather-bound with gold lettering on the cover.  Roughly 1600 pages long.  And now for the best part…..  there were at least 20-30 annotations by the King himself!  (How cool!)

One of the entries written by ELVIS read…..  “To judge a man by his weakest link or deed is like judging the power of the ocean by one wave.”  (I always attributed this saying to Jacques Cousteau, but I guess I was wrong.)  Nevertheless, it is a very deep thought and speaks volumes about the man himself.  I wonder what he was referring to?  I don’t suppose we will ever know for sure, but it’s quite intriguing.

Finally, in light of my September 4th blog (“I see London, I see France… “) you might be interested to know that one of the few items that did NOT sell was a pair of underwear once worn by Elvis himself!  Would this be considered a “stain” on the event?  The underwear was shown “briefly,” but alas, there were no bidders.  Again, I do not wish to make a “big flap,” about this, but I am surprised.  (I can’t think of any Fruit of the Loom jokes, so let’s move on.)

On my next blog post I have some exciting news about our blog membership level and all of the new outlets that are now offering THE PRESLEY PLOT.

If I were you, I would stay home, forget about work, grab a cold beer, and wait for the next post.  (Welcome to my world!)

Love to all,

Doc Yanoff

 

 

NEW YORK TIMES REVIEWS “THE PRESLEY PLOT!”

ALL RIGHT, NOW CALM DOWN!  THE N.Y. TIMES HAS NOT OFFICIALLY RESPONDED TO OUR WRITTEN REQUEST TO REVIEW “THE PRESLEY PLOT,” BUT I HAVE REASON TO BELIEVE THAT A REVIEW IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER!

WHY DO I BELIEVE THIS?  BECAUSE LIKE ELVIS, “I BELIEVE THAT FOR EVERY DROP OF RAIN THAT FALLS…..”   (WELL, YOU KNOW THE LYRICS.)

AND NOT ONLY THAT!  I ALSO BELIEVE THAT OTHER REVIEWS ARE ON THE WAY BECAUSE……  “THE PRESLEY PLOT” HAS JUST BEEN REVIEWED BY THE ONE AND ONLY….LESLEE BASSMAN…..THE WONDERFULLY TALENTED BOOK REVIEWER FROM THE FOUR POINTS NEWS!  (THE ONLY GREAT NEWSPAPER THAT WE HAVE IN AUSTIN!)

MS. BASSMAN WAS KIND ENOUGH TO DO A FEATURE ARTICLE ON THE BOOK (AND ME!) AND THAT VERY ARTICLE CAN NOW BE FOUND, READ, DIGESTED, DEBATED, DISSECTED, AND DISCUSSED BY SIMPLY GOING TO THE FOLLOWING WEB SITE:

Four Points News August 9, 2012 Issue – FlipSnack

(Page 8)

IF YOU LOVE ELVIS PRESLEY, OR STEPHEN G. YANOFF IS YOUR FAVORITE AUTHOR, OR EVEN IF I OWE YOU MONEY, YOU NEED TO LOG ONTO THIS FASCINATING WEBSITE AND READ THE TERRIFIC ARTICLE THAT THEY HAVE WRITTEN ABOUT YOURS TRULY!  WHAT DEPTH!  WHAT DETAIL!  WHAT A GREAT PHOTO OF PATTY!

DO NOT DELAY!  THE INFORMATION IN THIS ARTICLE COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE (ALL RIGHT, SO I’M REACHING) BUT IT IS INTERESTING AND WELL WORTH YOUR TIME!   WHEN YOU FINISH READING IT, DROP ME A LINE AND LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK!  I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU!

BE WELL, DRIVE CAREFULLY, AND I WILL SPEAK WITH YOU SOON!

DOC YANOFF