Thursday, October 1, 2020

Another Update on A Widow's Due

The book is now available in all three readable formats; Kindle, Hardcover and Paperback.  Each, of course, with their own price point.  

The latest version is the paperback, of which I am extremely pleased.  I decided to do the paperback in the same size as the hardcover (6x9), vs. the mass marketing style of 4x7 or 4x8.  I think it just looks nicer and feels and reads more like a hardcover.  I hope you enjoy it.

I am still waiting on Amazon approval for the hardcover to be available there (it can can 2-4 months for them to approve of the book quality).  So, the book is available in hardcover from Lulu publishing at: 

This is a print to order service, so it takes a few weeks after ordering to have the book printed and shipped.  The price is higher than normal, since this is a self published book.  By the time you print, pay publishers fees and distribute/ship, the cost goes up.  In a few months, the book will be available on Amazon under a Global Distribution agreement.    Sometimes these distributors have discounts available that are publicized, so I encourage you to look for the 10-20% discount promotions that are run routinely.  In the case of Lulu, I have found that the discount codes are usually located right on the home page of  Check it out before you order there.

The Kindle version (to buy or to read free if you are a member of Kindle Unlimited) and the paperback version are available at Amazon at:

Thank you to all who have already purchased the book and have sent comments, recommendations and congratulations.  I really appreciate the feedback.  Interestingly enough, I have had a few folks ask me questions outside of the timeframe covered in the book.  For example, there were quite a few questions about John Derr's army service during the Civil War.  This blog covers quite a bit of that information, but I have decided to begin a second book dedicated to that service, which follows the Letters he wrote home during the war.  That will come out later this year, or early next.  So for those interested...stay tuned.

Lastly, a third book is also in the works which will cover the full life of John W. Derr.  It will overlap, somewhat, A Widow's Due and the second (yet to be named) book mentioned above.  That will come out later in 2021.

I have opened up a separate website for the books and in the future this blog will migrate to this new website.   You can see more here:

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Of course, the email for this blog is still open at:

Jim D

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