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Done! Very easy and Nicole yes, I am 300!

I updated the links on my blog post.
 
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Devaka snuck in a change just hours ago so that people do NOT have to have a paypal account.   They little text field for the paypal ID has been expanded to be much wider and several lines tall so people can describe how they would like to be paid.

 
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S. Bard wrote:My job is closely related to the publishing world, so here’s my two cents:

. . .    "Having a dedicated webpage for your book with a fresh looking lay-out will also help, so if people are searching for your book, they immediately get to the right place."

I totally agree with S. Bard on this one.  The permies website is like a comfortable old wofati clubhouse with worn leather couches and a cozy rocket mass heater.  It's homely, functional and not too posh so we feel quite comfortable putting our feet up on the coffee table.  I wouldn't change it.  When we are here we are preaching to the interested and converted.  They are here because they chose to come here, are interested and even knowledgeable about permaculture and they are going to be pretty comfortable in here too.  HOWEVER when preaching to the unconverted, uninterested, and those who really NEED this book, we are going to be wanting to send them to something that looks a bit more like the kinds of websites that they would usually order books from - like Amazon.  If we want to make use of your affiliate offer Amazon is not an option.  So I would suggest that you have a dedicated page somewhere with a crisp clean look as a landing page for your book sales.  A single page site with payment options is perfect.

My second suggestion is that you update the 'About the Author' section on Amazon and on any potential landing page for book sales.  Right now it reads "Paul is a giant doofus in Montana who is bonkers about permaculture. He won't shut up about permaculture. On and on, every day...it's annoying. He has gone so far as to make a 3-DVD set that is just about the earthworks for permaculture gardening. And not only did he make a 4-DVD set about rocket mass heaters, but he made ANOTHER 4-DVD set about rocket mass heaters. Why on earth do people need 8 DVDs about something so simple? If you think that is ridiculous, take a look at his 177 hours of video of a full Permaculture Design Course and Appropriate Technology Course. Then there are the cards. Okay, the permaculture playing cards are pretty cool. Before all of that, Paul created hundreds of podcasts, YouTube videos, articles and other bits and bobs about permaculture. That should have been the first sign, right there, that health professionals should have stopped all this. That, or his 26,000 forum posts at permies.com. And he has at least that many at his other site, CodeRanch.com. Oh yeah, he used to be a software engineer before all this permaculture stuff." Whoah!  Why on earth would a millennial want to read something written by a very annoying big doofus that health professionals should have put a stop to ages ago?  Please get someone else to write this section for you.  Us permies are used to your very special brand of self deprecating, acerbic humour and we know and love you for who and what you are.  But it's not going to sell your books on Amazon or to a large demographic who really need to read this book.  Maybe start with the bit about being a software engineer and do a bit of company name dropping.  That will get there attention and show that you are capable of critical thinking and systems design.  Follow that with a more flattering CV.  Just my two coins worth.  I have to also confess that after years of having 'join Paul's affiliate programme' on my 'to-do' list I'm finally getting around to it as, with the quarantine in place, I now have the time on my hands to do it.  It's also in my best interest to have a more sell-able product to refer potential buyers to.  Getting off my high and mighty soap box now.  Most of the time you do a darn good job.  Thanks for writing the book Paul and Shawn.

 
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Please get someone else to write this section for you.



I think you just volunteered to take a stab at it.
 
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paul wheaton wrote:

Please get someone else to write this section for you.



I think you just volunteered to take a stab at it.



I'm not the best writer but I'll happily take a stab at it and then perhaps someone could improve on it.  You have my email address.  Please email me your CV.
 
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Like this?  https://permies.com/w/stuff

 
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The publicist said to make a three minute video showing me talking about stuff.  I think the idea is that she will share it with people who will be thinking of interviewing me.  Josiah put it together.  Today the publicist said to make the video public, so here it is:

 
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Great video!  I'm so glad you posted it.  Just sent it to several friends.

I love the cover design of the book.  I just ordered a copy from Amazon.  Can't wait to read it!

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I took a handful of the dozen books I ordered recently and left them with the other books in the break room at work. I'm happy to report that several have walked off!  I suspect no one will take the last one so I plan to restock until I'm out.

Will be fun to see if there is more local produce on the table to share this year than there was last year or if someone brings up permaculture in conversation.
 
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Paul, the author in me laments with you. On the other hand you're light years ahead of me in sales. But then mine is a bit spookier. A dark telling of what may be in store for the planet if humans do not change their ways. I have spent most of my 66 years trying to teach humans to be better stewards of the earth... it's not going well. That said, have you thought about selling it through seed companies? Due to a major tragedy with my seed storage, I lost hundreds of dollars worth of seed. I went to my seed companies last week and found all three companies are out of stock on many varieties.  While it was annoying, I was filled with hope that maybe thousands were going to start to raise their own food. Accountability always excites me. Just a thought.

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All I have are my retirement funds ...... so paying for a book and postage which is considerable  takes careful thought. I did this once for (Healing from GMOs and Roundup Expert Interview Series Platinum +Hardcopy Edition) which I presume was delivered in 2018 to  Pope Francis
Apostolic Palace
Vatican City,  00120
Holy See (the)
P: +60162204693

Alternatively, in your country, a mention by Oprah will make this an instant bestseller. I have limited ammo and opportunities so I always aimed high.
If I had enough ammo, Dr Elaine Ingham and Dr David Johnson{of Johnson Su Bioreactor fame} would be my other targets. As would Jane Fonda, Jon Stewart and Michael Moore.
 
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Edward Lye wrote:Alternatively, in your country, a mention by Oprah will make this an instant bestseller. I have limited ammo and opportunities so I always aimed high.
If I had enough ammo, Dr Elaine Ingham and Dr David Johnson{of Johnson Su Bioreactor fame} would be my other targets. As would Jane Fonda, Jon Stewart and Michael Moore.



Do you have contact information for any of them?
 
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AngelinaGianna Maffeo wrote:

 That said, have you thought about selling it through seed companies? Due to a major tragedy with my seed storage, I lost hundreds of dollars worth of seed. I went to my seed companies last week and found all three companies are out of stock on many varieties.  While it was annoying, I was filled with hope that maybe thousands were going to start to raise their own food. Accountability always excites me. Just a thought.    



I think this is a valid idea. People buying seeds are, at the very least, thinking in the right direction about an alternative to the status quo. I realize the book is not about ‘preaching to the choir’, but it can be a huge uphill battle to get the attention of the very people who need to think about these things the most (let’s say the CEO of Monsanto, as a perfect example). But if you target those who might be most inclined to consider alternative ideas, it may be a way to create the first wave of new readers/thinkers to consider permaculture. Some seed buyers may already be hardcore ecologists, but many are also just experimenting with container growing on a deck railing. I, too, was encouraged by seeing seed packets selling out in local stores, as well as those stores selling (many for the first time) more types and varieties of gardening supplies. I tried to buy wire fencing yesterday. It’s sold out at Lowe’s and Home Depot. I have never seen that happen before. Does this mean more people are making an attempt at raising small livestock? One can dream!
 
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Hi Paul. I don't know these people. I only know of
these people who are mostly advocates of saving
this planet. I live right at the opposite end of the
world. I managed to duckduckgo these details. I suggest
the shotgun approach and try everything. I suppose
you have your letter/youtube prepared.

Dr Elaine Ingham - You can contact Dr. Ingham via:
     soilfoodweb [AT] aol [DOT] com, info@soilfoodweb.com

Dr David Johnson - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVSSTOJVSSuRcCu68IMcsEA/videos
         David C. Johnson davidcjohnson@nmsu.edu Phone 575-646-4163

Jane Fonda - try engaging her here https://www.facebook.com/JaneFonda/ {active}

Jon Stewart - maybe try https://contactanycelebrity.com/cac/?idev_id=101 or https://www.thehandbook.com/celebrity/jon-stewart/

Michael Moore - try all - Michael Moore can be contacted via e-mail at MMFlint@aol.com.
          For those of you who prefer snail-mail, he can be reached via
          Dog Eat Dog Films at: PO Box 831
                                Radio City Station
                                New York, New York 10101-0831

           https://www.facebook.com/mmflint {active}
            mike@michaelmoore.com

Oprah - https://www.facebook.com/oprahwinfrey
           Here’s the announcement she made via Facebook:

Oprah@oprah.com. This is going to be my personal e-mail account for all of you. When you get something in your in box from me it will be from me directly. And I’ll be reading as many of your e-mails as I can as I move to my next life on OWN. I want you to know that what you have to say matters to me

Best of luck.
 
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Emails sent!
 
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Anybody have email address for leonardo dicaprio or david letterman?
 
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Tomorrow I am being interviewed on "Bringing Inspiration To Earth" ...

https://www.blogtalkradio.com/biteradiome/2020/05/26/building-a-better-world-in-your-backyard-instead-of-being-angry-at-bad-guys
 
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I just listened to the BiteRadioMe one and enjoyed it.  I believe doing such podcasts is an effective way to get the word out.  It might be more of a grind and not as fast as you'd like but it does spread the ideas.  In this case I'd say you were a much more engaging speaker than the host!  Though he was good as an interviewer in that he asked his questions and then got out of the way to let you answer as you saw fit.
 
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Here is the one from today

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