Tuesday, October 25, 2011

How To Live Forever (A Very Fictional Guide) - Barry Burnett

Barry Burnett splits his life between family medicine and writing (with a little left over for family and healthy stuff) in Boulder, Colorado.

Product description: 

How To Live Forever (A Very Fictional Guide)    [Novel: 133K words]

Meet David Black, a young family doc whose solo practice has spectacularly tanked. So has his marriage; the two are not unrelated. His best friend, Oz, wants him to reinvent himself, offering their fellow Boulderites everything they need to live forever (or at least long enough for Oz to profit and retire).
David balks.
At first.
What follows is a romp of a read, a comedy with heart - from the characters who staff the new clinic to pursuit by pheromone-crazed wildlife, an entirely non-virtual cliff-hanger, and the love that, in the end, might save him.

Q: What will e-readers like about your book?  

--The story, which I hear is as fun and involving as the experience I had writing it.
--Personally, I'm crazy about the cast of characters, from Junie Blanche, a Katrina refugee and grad student who's way smarter than David, through the rest of the happy but confused Forever Clinic crew.
--Then there's Boulder, an excellent but often very quirky place to live.
--Finally, beneath the story and the characters is a modest amount of health information. Not how to live forever–I don't think anyone has a handle on that yet–but a mixed bag of mainstream and alternative approaches that frame out how to live well, which has to be most important, and how to have the best shot at living long. 
--Oh–and it's free... for at least another month.

Q: Why did you go indie? 

I've had some experience with an agent and publishers in New York, and realize that the multi-genre books I'm currently interested in writing are not the easy sells that a shaken industry is likely to take a chance on. Plus writing to the market never really worked for me--I write what I care about, with a certain driving  passion, and then, when the product looks worthy, am stuck with getting it to readers myself. It would be so great to be a Famous Author, and see my words get gently caressed and fly out into bookstores everywhere, but but the few semi-famous ones I've met tell me it can be a tough hard fight for them as well. Lately, the best thing about indie publishing is been e-books, which allow some early polishing (done!) and low- (or no-) cost distribution to readers.

Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre?  

Alexander McCall Smith, Armistead Maupin (Tales of the City), Jane Smiley (Moo), David Lodge, Susan Isaacs, and Michael Malone (Handling Sin).

Direct free download links to Amazon, iBooks, and Smashwords, and a darn cheap one at Nook, are at howtoliveforever.com

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