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March 2nd, 2007

75ArgsAbout nine months ago, I got contacted by a professor at a college in Texas who was putting together an anthology of readings for college writing classes, asking if he could publish one of my blog posts in his book. Duly flattered and all big-headed about it, I agreed, on the condition that I get a desk copy in return for my magnanimity.

The post, by the way, is Arguing on the Internet, from December 2005. You can read it here, for free! How about that!

Well, it seems like half the bargain has played out. Last I heard from the permissions coordinator in August, the book had been sent to the publisher a bit later than expected, and the July publication date had been set back a little. After that, I just forgot about the whole thing until tonight, when a re-sorting of my inbox brought one of the old emails into view. I started to write a letter back to them asking what had become of the whole thing, when I thought of doing a search on the web, and bingo–got an instant hit.

The book, as it turns out, was published last September. Guess they were a bit too busy to remember to send me my desk copy (of course, I have just now sent them a gentle reminder of the agreement).

In one sense, this is kind of cool. When I started this blog, I certainly did not expect anything I wrote here to wind up in a college textbook. And, as the author pointed out when he was asking for my permission to print, I am in the very same chapter (Chapter One!) as George Orwell, George Lakoff, and Deborah Tannen. I am the closing act, in fact! Wow! And I’m sure that I deserve to be in such company, and that the author was not just trying to stroke my ego!

In a slightly more realistic light, I’m still a dweeb with a blog who wrote a post that a community college professor in Houston figured he’d fill out a new anthology with.

But, still, George Orwell!

Buy it via this link (you know you want to!) and I get a cut. (Through my Amazon Associates account, not any deal with the publisher.) But for some strange reason, the US Amazon store does not list the table of contents (and therefore not my own name! Bastards!). The Canadian Amazon store does, however. Yet another way to Google me.

I’m sure the book and movie deals will start pouring through the door after this. Any day now.

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  1. Tim Kane
    March 2nd, 2007 at 07:23 | #1

    Congratulations on sharing space with George Orwell.

    I would recommend that you pull on this thread a little and see if you couldn’t get something of your own published. Once you have penetrated the publishing world, you will always have it as a possible route to make extra money.

    And for the record, I read you much more than George Orwell, though there is perhaps a slight qualitative difference. LOL.

  2. teachan
    March 2nd, 2007 at 10:19 | #2

    While I can understand your getting all excited about this, it’s really not all that big a deal. You don’t understand how academic publishing works. The professors have to publish to advance their careers or get tenure and often write textbooks and have them published through small publishers which will publish them because the profs. have a built-in forced consumer base. The professors write these books and can publish them with very little editorial scrutiny. It’s not like novels where they only get published if the publisher thinks they have mass selling value.

    The teachers put their own books on the required reading list for their students and they have to buy them. The publisher knows this is a free ride because sales are in the bag. It’s really a racket. They probably didn’t contact you about the publishing or giving you a copy because they’re too cheap to give up a freebie.

    Also, after reading some of your recent posts and comments, I’m pretty sure you don’t always follow your own advice on internet arguing. :p

  3. Luis
    March 2nd, 2007 at 10:46 | #3

    Teachan: Perhaps my irony was too subtle. 😛

    This is more fun than anything else. Trust me, I’m not actually expecting a movie deal. 😉

    Also, on following my own advice on arguing on the Internet in my blog, you will note in the reading that (a) I explain that blogs posts are expository, not a debate setting, and (b) I stated at least twice that I am not very good at following my own advice.

  4. Terry
    March 5th, 2007 at 07:56 | #4

    Having read your internet debating advice, I think it offers some pretty basic tips to have in your bag of writing tricks.

    I’ve printed a copy for my 14 yr old daughter so she can more effectively ask me for things.

  5. Luis
    March 5th, 2007 at 11:58 | #5

    Cool! And, rather dangerous!

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