Charity in the twenty-first century is a game. The players are artists, salesmen, and idealists, all working together to get something for nothing. The goal is to raise the money; the trick is to keep it coming. At the center of the game stands Bo Sparks, charismatic CEO of SparkVISION Consulting, which runs campaigns and offers support for the charities under its care. Surrounded by the wealthy and the desperate, Sparks just wants to do a little good in the world.
Journalist Tanya Montray has a different goal. She's certain that SparkVISION employs Non Prophet, a popular and controversial blogger. She's determined to uncover him, but if he's an employee of SparkVISION there could be trouble ahead.
And then there's Trent Byron, head of the oldest charity in Chicago, who has some issues with the way Bo Sparks does business and isn't afraid to play hardball.
Sex scandals, embezzlement, gossip, clandestine love affairs, and one misplaced cake: it's all in a day's work for SparkVISION.
This book was the product of an intense editing process conducted entirely online.
I am selling Charitable Getting through Lulu. I had originally intended to offer it through CompletelyNovel as well, but certain factors have combined to indicate that I should perhaps not trust them enough to ask you to pay them.
I am reminded that there is a coupon deal going on today only -- enter TRICK305 at checkout and get 20% off! Enter TURKEY at checkout now through Nov. 30th and get 10% off.
Charitable Getting is available currently for $15, and the price will rise to $16 in February. It is also available for free as a PDF download at the link above. The ebook edition isn't out yet, but it should be within a month or two; when it does go live it will be $3.
If you would like a copy of the book from Lulu but are overseas and finding postage prohibitive, please leave a comment on this post so people can contact you about workarounds. Likewise, if you are willing to combine postage to lend a friend a hand, please check the comments -- we have one person at least who is willing to consolidate a shipment to the UK.
If you are interested in a signed copy, please do not purchase a book! Peep behind the cut for instructions.
Signed copies are available for $35 each on a moderated first-come, first-served basis. At the moment I've capped the number at 60 but if we have more demand I'm potentially willing to uncap it. Basically I'm promising 60, but can't yet promise more.
If you know that you definitely want to purchase a $35 signed copy, please comment on this post. Here is what I need from you:
-- That you want a signed copy
-- A reliable contact email address for you
-- Whether you are located in the US (this helps me anticipate shipping costs; it does not affect where you are on the waitlist)
I also need to know if the signed copy will be intended as a gift for the holidays. I am giving precedence to gift requests, because the holidays are fast approaching, and I'm trusting you guys to be honest here. No, gifts to yourself do not count. :D
The $35 for the book is inclusive -- it covers the cost of the book plus shipping and handling, and all overage goes to charity. The charities I've chosen to support this time are the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network and the Chicago Anti-Hunger Federation.
Publicity and Reviews:
I am more than happy for you to publicise this book on your own journal if you want! You are of course welcome to do your own writeup, with your own opinion; I don't go after people for having opinions. If you'd like to copy and paste a promo, you can use the text here:
Sam/Copperbadge has just self-published Charitable Getting, his second novel, edited and designed with the help of LJ readers.
<i>Charity in the twenty-first century is a game. The players are artists, salesmen, and idealists, all working together to get something for nothing. At the center of the game stands Bo Sparks, charismatic CEO of SparkVISION Consulting, which runs campaigns for the charities under its care. Surrounded by the wealthy and the desperate, Sparks just wants to do a little good in the world. But this holiday season he has more than his fair share of worries, between a secretive blogger who might be one of his staff, a journalist determined to uncover who it is, and a client who not only doesn't want to pay their fee, but wants to sue Sparks for telling the truth.
Sex scandals, embezzlement, gossip, clandestine love affairs, and one misplaced cake: it's all in a day's work for SparkVISION. </i>
You can check out more about Charitable Getting <b><a href="http://copperbadge.livejournal.co
A Final Note
As ever, thanks go to you guys for helping me edit the book, putting up with my ceaseless nattering about it for the past two weeks, and supporting your local independent author. It has become my catchphrase, just a little bit, that this process is about readers and writers, not buyers and sellers; I'm never quite comfortable telling you OHAY BUY MY STUFF, but as the above proves I'm at least getting better at it.
That being said, bear in mind that Lulu bundles postage! :) If you're picking up a copy of CG and don't yet have a copy of Nameless, now's the perfect time to save on shipping. And if you're looking for holiday gifts for high school seniors, you could do worse than Other People Can Smell You, my guide to surviving a university education. I also have a photobook out, The Secret Of Chicago.
You can find all of my books for sale at my Lulu Storefront.