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SITE NOTES: Everything Old Is New Again

Long-time readers will note that a number of elderly but evergreen essays are reappearing here with some frequency. This is because I have begun to struggle with publishing a collection of essays seen on American Digest from 2001 until 2021. Exactly how I am going to go about this remains to be seen especially since I have no way of knowing if I will sell ten or ten thousand copies. There are also the questions of financing, formats, print preparation, potential sales channels, promotion, marketing, fulfillment, and other items of log-rolling in our time, but I’ll save those until after the initial selection and assembly of the parts for this collection of odds and sods.  For now, bear with me as I republish items I am looking at for inclusion.

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  • ghostsniper September 24, 2021, 2:48 PM

    If it’s in the $20 range I’ll take at least one.

  • jwm September 24, 2021, 2:58 PM

    Can’t wait.


  • Kevin in PA September 24, 2021, 3:04 PM

    I second the Ghost.
    Also, I must say that I think you are the Master Blogger and American Digest is The Master Blog.
    Nothing else like it on the interwebs.

  • John Fisher September 24, 2021, 3:07 PM

    I’m looking forward to it.

  • Dirk September 24, 2021, 3:31 PM

    Had spine injections at 0800 this morning, dropped my wife off in Reno to shop, and drove. No thought no specific direction.

    I pulled over, I was in Virginia City,,,, directly in front of Mark Twain’s newspaper office from the 1800s “he was a reporter”, not the owner! Zero conscious path, driving, thinking, and there.

    Clearly everything old is new, for me,,,,today.


  • CA September 24, 2021, 3:38 PM

    What GS said.

    Good show, Gerard.

  • Dirk September 24, 2021, 3:52 PM

    GV, just forwarded you A White Paper, documentation regarding the DARPA program and the weaponization of COVID. Who, What, Where, When, Why and How. Is documented in the 25/30 page write up, with associated cross references.

    At least have a quick Scan, it’s a snap scot of external govt dirty deeds. Was going to forward to Pete, don’t believe he’s seeking the real Truth anymore.



  • Uncle Jefe September 24, 2021, 4:02 PM

    You have been a daily read (and inspiration) for 20 years…I look forward to purchasing the compilation album.

    • Mike Austin September 25, 2021, 2:20 AM

      Sixteen years for me. Gerard inspired me to write. Reading his old essays takes me back in time.

  • jd September 24, 2021, 4:38 PM

    That’s wonderful news, Gerard!

  • PA Cat September 24, 2021, 4:56 PM

    Sign me up for a copy of the Van der Leun gesammelte Schriften, and I’ll throw in a new catnip toy for the Herausgeberin.

  • julie September 24, 2021, 5:15 PM

    Yep, what Ghost & others said. Just tell us where to send the money.

  • H (science denier) September 24, 2021, 5:21 PM

    In for two copies (Christmas is a-comin’) and I don’t really care what the price tag is, ya cheap bastads.

  • jwm September 24, 2021, 5:56 PM

    Thought for inclusion:
    I remember the essay on being present at an old man’s death in New York City. It later became a poem, “Stuck in Traffic”. As much as I loved the poetry, I preferred the account in prose.


  • theduchessofkitty September 24, 2021, 5:56 PM

    Can’t wait to get my hands on one of those!

    Hey… are you going to have autographed ones?

    • PA Cat September 24, 2021, 7:21 PM

      I want Olive’s autograph as well as Gerard’s on my copy.

    • Mary Ann September 24, 2021, 7:21 PM


  • Nori September 24, 2021, 8:09 PM

    This is very welcome news,Mr V.
    Hit us with your best shots,which is pretty much everything. What will make the final cut? Hmm. Good thing there’s a Master Editor in the room.

  • Zaphod September 24, 2021, 8:19 PM

    Castalia House FTW… You might as well go out with a bang!

    • ghostsniper September 25, 2021, 4:53 AM


    • SoylentGreen September 26, 2021, 6:51 AM

      Castalia House… Vox would hide this book. I believe Gerard is a Boomer.

  • Andrew R September 25, 2021, 1:04 AM

    Count me in as well.

  • Gnawbone Jack September 25, 2021, 2:23 AM

    Sweet. I’m in with the rest of the crew on this venture.

  • Dave Jenkins September 25, 2021, 3:07 AM

    I’m in as well. Thanks for all the work!

  • Francis W. Porretto September 25, 2021, 3:54 AM

    Set one aside for me, Gerard.

  • John Venlet September 25, 2021, 4:18 AM

    Where’s the pre-order link?

    • ghostsniper September 25, 2021, 4:58 AM

      Good idea John. Where da preorder iz?
      I got a fat C note sitting right over there ready to head west for 1 to 5 copies, depending, and if you could give a say, 1-3 month delivery time frame that would be good. Yes, autographed pleez. It will be added to the “coffee table books” shelf on the expansive book case in the living room, after sitting on the coffee table itself for a couple months. The top of the coffee table is glass so the cats like laying on any books found there as opposed to the cold glass.

      • ghostsniper September 25, 2021, 6:38 AM

        After thinking about it, I’m not going to wait. This week I am sending $100 cash to this address below to act as encouragement to move forward with the project.

        Gerard Van der Leun
        1692 Mangrove Ave
        Apt: 379
        Chico, CA 95926

  • Kristin September 25, 2021, 4:53 AM

    I’ll buy your book. You have a way with words that move me every time.

  • Brother Yahoo September 25, 2021, 6:42 AM

    Independent publishing … here is a group of SFF writers, which is irrelevant to your genre, except that there are links to follow for resources that would be more suitable for your work … FWIW i hope it’s helpful and look forward to buying copies of your book for everyone in my family (they could use the insight). Best wishes!

  • Terry Kirkpatrick September 25, 2021, 6:58 AM

    Self publish. Check out Amazon first. https://www.amazon.com/gp/seller-account/mm-summary-page.html?topic=200260520

    You can hire people to do it all or just pieces of it. I’ve started a book there and it can take a lot of time to format the pages.

    The tradeoff is your money vs your time. Kinda like yard work.

  • Dirk September 25, 2021, 8:06 AM

    Book, we’re in for five, great gifts for the family.


  • Double XX September 25, 2021, 9:51 AM


  • David Bowen September 25, 2021, 11:07 AM

    me too ~$20 sounds good- please include the old lady and your dad’s silver dollars story!

  • Bilejones September 25, 2021, 3:28 PM

    in re the mechanics, you might try Ron Unz or Greg Johnson of Counter Currents who has just self published “The Year America Died” concerning 2020. Your project seems like a natural fit.

  • SoylentGreen September 26, 2021, 6:57 AM

    Gerard, I sense a possibility that you are fishing for feedback and with that introduction I’d like to suggest “Mondegreen Moments”. What a thought provoking dive into things. But then, everything you do is a thought provoking dive into things.

  • Vanderleun September 26, 2021, 7:37 AM

    Forgotten about Mondegreen….. but you are right.

    Still, hard to remember everything with over 14,000 items it’s hard to remember all of them.

  • john r henry September 26, 2021, 12:25 PM

    Let me echo Terry K and say publish via Amazon. I’ve published 4 books so far (Plus 1 I need to finish), 1 with a traditional technical publisher (CRC Press) and 3 with Amazon. I was very happy with CRC Press, they treated me exactly the way an ethical publisher should. No complaints at all.

    But publishing with Amazon is so much better that I would never consider anything else.

    1) Speed-It took most of a year from when I submitted my manuscript to CRC to when the book was available. My first Amazon book I submitted to Amazon on a Sunday, I had a printed proof copy by mail the following Friday. I approved it and the book was available for sale on Monday.

    2) Terry K mentioned difficulties in formatting. Amazon has templates already formatted for all their standard book sizes. Just replace the Lorem Ipsum with your copy, perhaps a few adjustments here and there, save as a PDF and submit. My first book took a couple hours to format. Other books took longer because of pictures and captions but that was just a matter of moving things around a bit so they fit better.

    3) Neither method costs anything. My first book was a collection of articles and columns from 10 years writing for a trade magazine so there was no editing. My second and 3rd books I paid for technical and copy editing but neither was very expensive.

    4) Royalties – CRC pays me 10% paid quarterly. Amazon lets me set the price and my royalty is based on this. Depending on pricing , it can be as low as 10% as high as 75%.

    5) Author copies – CRC give me 10% disocount on author copies but I can only buy 20 per year and I can’t sell them. It is cheaper for me to buy them through Amazon Prime and there are no restrictions on what I do with them. (plus I get a 10% royalty on the sale!) Amazon sells me author copies for under $5 (plus shipping) and doesn’t care how many I buy or what I do with them.

    6) Payment CRC pays quarterly. Amazon pays monthly. I can go to my account and see how many books I sold last week, last month or whatever broken down by country and marketplace.

    I’ll buy your book for certain however you go but I would strongly recommend that you go with Amazon. Just a much better process all around. If you want to talk about how to do this, drop me a note at johnfajardohenry@gmail.com

  • john r henry September 26, 2021, 12:31 PM

    Two of my books are available for free download at http://www.fraingroup.com/ebooks as well as on Amazon & Kindle. Printed versions are paperback but very good quality.

    I did the cover for Machinery Matters myself. My co-author for Secrets of Buying Packaging Machinery had a professional graphics designer that works with his company do the cover for that book.

  • Deborah September 26, 2021, 2:27 PM

    You’re publishing a book at last — what heaven for us. How can we help?
    How about including “Back to School” — a classic…

    • Vanderleun September 26, 2021, 4:26 PM

      For you, first love of my youth, anything. Back to School it shall have.