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Boota



Joined: 09 Apr 2004
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Location: Kokomo, Indiana
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Here is part of the article from my local paper. (The part about me. Smile ) It's hard to believe that such a long interview came down to three sentences. LOL. Oh well. They had a picture of my book, too.


Reading fun at the fair
Local authors to make state fair appearances

By Alison Brantley
Managing Editor

For most people, the State Fair brings thoughts of elephant ears, corn dogs and cotton candy. But for two local authors, it means getting the word out about their books and educating the public on the publishing process.

Cardinal Publishers Group is having its annual Author’s Showcase during the State Fair Aug. 10-21. More than 20 Indiana authors will appear.

Local resident Scott Carpenter, author of Mr. Undesirable, will make his State Fair debut on Thursday, Aug. 11, from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

According to Carpenter and the book’s Web site (www.mr-undesirable.com) ,the fictional book is based on Lenny Kapowski, who is a dirt-poor, foul-mouthed, porn-addicted, binge-drinking malcontent. Life has spent 15 years kicking Kapowski when he was down, and he has never done anything to change his lot. But, in one lucky moment, he wins a giant lottery jackpot and finally sees the path to his redemption. For Kapowski, redemption comes in the form of revenge on the man he blames for his life’s woes: Dr. Wayne Stevens.

“This is my first novel,” Carpenter said. “What I have found to be the hardest part about being self-published is getting the word out to let people know the book exists.

“That’s what I hope to accomplish by participating in the Author’s Showcase.”
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Post Thu Aug 04, 2005 12:48 pm   View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website
Boota



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Well, it's done.

The Author's Showcase was great! I sold well enough for them to invite me back. They told me to call their office tomorrow and see if I can get scheduled in for another session. I sold seven books in about an hour and a half. And this wasn't like a bookstore signing. I was hooking people as they walked by other fair exhibits and got them to buy it on impulse. I'M FINALLY A SALESMAN! I bet I talked to five hundred people to get those seven sales, but even some of those five hundred can turn into sales. It was a great time. I followed a local Indianapolis celebrity, Chris Wright, the channel 13 weatherman. He's got four novels out, and I didn't know it. Nice guy.

I made an agreement with the owners of the publishing group and they are going to get my books in the Indianapolis airport bookstores after the fair is over. I think this really could turn into something.
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Goudron



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Good for you. An Indiana writer at the Indianapolis airport, that's got to sell a few books!
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jaandlu



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That is so exciting Boota. I am glad you weren’t afraid to push your book. It can be kinda weird to try to sale your own work. Especially for someone as humble as yourself. Your book is amazing and I am glad the word is spreading.
You rock Boota!


Ja

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Boota



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Thanks. Smile

Goudron, I hope the Indiana writer at the airport thing works and starts getting this book out there more. It feels like it could break open at anytime. The cool thing about airport bookstores is that a book bought there can end up anywhere. I like that.

jaandlu, I'm glad you have enjoyed my book. I have no problem talking about it with people, which is something I had to learn to do. I am normally a pretty quiet guy. (Especially for someone who plays heavy metal. LOL.) It was really easy. When someone walked by and made eye contact or checked out my book for a second, I stepped up and offered them a free bookmark, with all my contact and ordering information, and then the conversation just naturally opened up about the book. I even got a few plugs for my band in while I was down there.
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jaandlu



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So Boota, how about a plug for your band here? Don't be shy. Let us hear the real Boota!


Ja


PS I expect site info.

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Boota



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Ja, I'm not so much a writer who also plays music, I'm more a musician who also writes books. I only wrote Mr. Undesirable because my band was having trouble getting things going and I figured it was something I could do without anyone else.

www.bignoisenow.com/fetish.html

That site has a picture of me and the rest of my ugly bandmates and some clips of our songs from two of our CD's. After you see that picture you'll know why I say it's a damn good thing we can really play. Smile
The guy who runs that company is on the Grammy committee and he has us in the middle of a Grammy campaign right now in hopes of getting us on the ballot for 2006. It's a long shot, but that would be pretty sweet if we made the nomination. Even better if somehow we win. That would be a nice bargaining chip when talking to the labels next time. LOL.

If everything works the way I'm hoping I'll be writing future novels from the back of a tour bus.
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Taco Bob



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Good work on the Authors Showcase! Sounds like you're getting out there with the public. Imagine your experience with the band helps.
I myself am waiting until gas prices get REALLY high before hitting the road this fall to promote KW and KWR. Rolling Eyes
And I read the book. Wish I'd read it earlier, since I enjoyed the break from the usual Florida authors like John MacDonald and Randy Wayne White who I read way too much of. Mr U has a lot of "real" in it that keeps the reader interested. Thanks for a fun read!
TB

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Boota



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Thanks TB. I'm glad you enjoyed my book. A funny thing just happened a couple of days ago. I received a critique from a guy who read my book and he just kept saying that he couldn't accept the story because so many of the situations were unrealistic. I had to laugh because of every example he gave was about something that really happened in real life. I think maybe there is too much of my real life in that book sometimes. LOL.

The word is starting to get out to the public. Yesterday I was invited to another signing/book festival. They heard about my appearance at the State Fair and gave me a call to see if I could come to their festival. Well, of course I can! Come talk about my book? Absolutely!

The band is helping get the word out more than I could have hoped. People seem fascinated when they find out that I am in a band AND I write books. (I have a reputation in my area of being the best guitarist around. I'm not, but I do nothing to discourage that perception. LOL.) I also make this killer spaghetti sauce with pineapple chunks in it, but no one is impressed by that.

Good luck on your Key Weird travels. Are you getting anywhere near Indiana? I'll find a co-signer, get a tank of gas in my Jimmy and hit the highway. If you're close enough I might just have to make a road trip and get my copy of KW signed. Haven't got the second book yet. I need to remedy that.
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jaandlu



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Boota,

Please don't let anyone convince you your book is unrealistic. As you know I think it was very realistic and as humorous as it was it held a lot of deep social issues that many tend to overlook. You are a great writer and I hope you continue to do what you do. I am glad you saw through that guy but I just want to back you up by saying your book is very realistic.

Ja
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And just because I have never seen a possum ranch doesn't make Key Weird any less real for me. Only six chapters in but loving it Taco Bob.

Ja
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Taco Bob



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Boota sez:

"I received a critique from a guy who read my book and he just kept saying that he couldn't accept the story because so many of the situations were unrealistic."

I guess the "real" I'm thinking about here is not so much the situations in the story, as the actions and dialog of the characters. In my daily travels I don't run up on all that many talking fruit bats or sea monsters that hump gas trucks, but the people in CM's books are real. People really talk that way.
Then again, not everyone talks like the folks in Mr U, but a shitload of 'em do. Wink

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Boota



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TB, the guy who had a problem with my unrealistic situations also thought the dialogue was unrealistic. He is very young and just couldn't believe that guys were almost 30 could be so immature. (Everyone 30 or over feel free to laugh your asses off.) The language, I know, is extreme. But it does come from my real experiences. The first person to give me any shit about the bad langauge was my brother. He said there was too much swearing. What he didn't realize is that I based the language on how he used to talk. I used to bounce in strip clubs as a major part of earning my living. (Damn, I made good money at that!) I know dozens of people who talk much the same way as Lenny Kapowksi and his friends. I get a lot of positive mail from people in the military who have read it because they are exposed to that kind of conversation every day.

Likewise, my situations were extreme, but everything in it was something that COULD happen under the right circumstances. Once you win $158 million a lot of opportunities to do things out of the ordinary open up. One of the situations the young guy had trouble with was the way that Lenny spoke to the black militant giantess Pizza Hell manager. He just couldn't believe that anyone would talk to their boss that way. However, that scene is pretty much word for word the exchange I had with the woman that was based on in real life. The difference was that I didn't quit and she was fired later that night. I changed her name and that is about the extent of the fiction in that scene. Personally, I won't take shit off of cops, much less Pizza Hut managers.
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jaandlu



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Boota, I can not tell you how cool you are.
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