A Trip Back Home, a Paperback, and a Promotion

I can still remember the first time.

I was seven years old.  I don’t remember the shop, or even what kind of shop it was–a bookstore, perhaps?  A drugstore?  An eclectic little gem with knickknacks and mementos gracing dusty, wooden shelves? I don’t know.   That detail has escaped, leaking through the holes of conscious memory, a magic trick of the mind.  But the rack, the spinning rack–I remember that.

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The rack was taller than I was, filled with issue after issue of comic books.  The covers promised grand adventures, larger-than-life stories, journeys through space and time.  I spun the rack, mesmerized by the squeaking sound it emitted, the covers whirring past in a blur.

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When the rack finally stopped spinning, I looked at the comic book directly in front of me.  The Fantastic Four, number 209.  I’d heard of Marvel’s first superhero team, of course, but I was also aware that my older brother, who collected comics, thought they were overrated.  He was  Spider-Man fan.  But the scene depicted on the cover carried my seven-year-old mind far away, up high, soaring with the stars and comets and planets from galaxies so remote I couldn’t even fathom the distance.

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I knew I had to have that issue.

The rest, as they say, is history.  That single issue of The Fantastic Four began a lifelong love of science fiction, comic books, and, really, stories of all sizes, shapes, and genres.  I wrote my first short story that fall.  I began to read more and more for the sheer fun of it, not simply because it was assigned for school.  A handful of years later, I was introduced to the world of Ray Bradbury, as I lost myself in stories of carnival rides and astronauts, time travelers and Martians.  High school dawned, and I read Shakespeare, Bronte, Dickens, and Steinbeck.  When college arrived, it didn’t take long for me to declare a major–English.

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My life has always revolved around books.  The feel of them, the texture of the pages as you turn them.  The musty, magical smell of a comic book from 1952, an artifact, a relic from a bygone era.  Boys with cameras or baseball gloves smile at me from advertisements sixty years old, spanning the chasm of decades, infusing me with a sense of nostalgia for a time period I never even experienced or saw.

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The physical presence of books–the weight and heft of the volume–these elements add to the experience.  Reading a book, an actual, physical book, is different from reading its equivalent online or on a Kindle or smartphone.  Not necessarily better, just different.  More complete, perhaps, engaging more of the senses, providing for a more intimate and personal experience.  “There is no friend as loyal as a book,” Hemingway once said, a sentiment I have often shared over the years.

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And so it is with great excitement that I can announce–The Eye-Dancers, published as an ebook late in 2012–is now also available as a paperback.  It seems fitting that the publication of The Eye-Dancers in hard-copy form should happen now.  This weekend, I head back home to Rochester, NY, visiting the old house where I grew up; the house where I learned to love books, not just for the stories, but for the characteristics themselves–the binding of the spine, the wrinkles and imperfections, the crisp, fresh smell of  new editions, or the heady aroma of decades-old volumes, the yellowing pages succumbing to the oxidation and literary alchemy of time.

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I’ll bring a physical copy of The Eye-Dancers with me to Rochester, I’m sure.  And perhaps, at some point, some quiet, still moment, I’ll wander into my old bedroom, open the book, and remember . . .

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The Eye-Dancers, the paperback, is available for purchase . . .

at Amazon, http://www.amazon.com/The-Eye-Dancers-Michael-S-Fedison/dp/0692262784/ref=tmm_pap_title_0/190-9007348-1553839

and at CreateSpace, https://www.createspace.com/4920627

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Additionally, The Eye-Dancers, the ebook, is now on sale for just 99 cents, through the end of September, at the following online retail locations:

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/The-Eye-Dancers-ebook/dp/B00A8TUS8M

B & N:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-eye-dancers-michael-s-fedison/1113839272?ean=2940015770261

Smashwords:  http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/255348

and Kobo:  http://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/books/The-Eye-Dancers/nKFZETbWWkyzV2QkaJWOjg?MixID=nKFZETbWWkyzV2QkaJWOjg&PageNumber=1

Thank you to everyone for all the wonderful and ongoing support!

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And thanks so much for reading!

–Mike

46 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ladyofthepen
    Aug 28, 2014 @ 17:03:57

    Congratulations on the physical copy, that has to be thrilling! I remember there used to be a spinning rack of comics in our grocery store. I loved standing there and looking at the comics while my mom shopped. Though I didn’t get into comics for some years yet, I never knew where to start, until I discovered the Essential X-Men at my library. That’s when I become a comic book fan ^^

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  2. ptero9
    Aug 28, 2014 @ 17:08:03

    Yes, congrats on publishing the printed edition of your book Mike! What a thrill it must be. Maybe you’ll get to do a book signing somewhere in your hometown.

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  3. melouisef
    Aug 28, 2014 @ 17:10:29

    Congratulations!

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  4. Mary J. McCoy-Dressel
    Aug 28, 2014 @ 17:21:40

    That’s great, Mike. It’s awesome to hold your own book in your hands. Enjoy the memories when you get home.

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  5. jjspina
    Aug 28, 2014 @ 17:36:59

    Congratulations, Mike, on your paperback copy! Wonderful news! It is a great book. Looking forward to the sequel.

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  6. evelyneholingue
    Aug 28, 2014 @ 17:52:13

    Congrats, Mike. Such a good idea to have a printed version of your novel. I sold more paperbacks than e-versions for mine. As a reader I understand that it is more pleasant to turn a paper page than a screen. I still like a tablet when I travel but a book…Ahhhh…
    Bravo again and best to you.

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  7. Donna Gwinnell Lambo-Weidner
    Aug 28, 2014 @ 18:38:12

    I love when life’s defining moments come full circle…congratulations! And best wishes for a bazillion in sales!

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  8. Silvia Writes
    Aug 28, 2014 @ 18:47:29

    How wonderful. Congratulations! May the successes continue.

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  9. Rosaliene Bacchus
    Aug 28, 2014 @ 21:58:24

    Congrats, Mike! Oh, what joy!

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  10. jenniferkmarsh
    Aug 29, 2014 @ 12:57:47

    Congratulations on the paperback, Mike 🙂 You deserve every success ^^

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  11. theywalkthenight
    Aug 29, 2014 @ 20:50:27

    Congrats Mike!

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  12. Sherri
    Aug 30, 2014 @ 08:21:39

    Woo hoo! So happy for you Mike! I’ve been putting out very strong hints about a Kindle for my birthday, coming up fast, but as you know I’ve been waiting for your paperback and I’ll be ordering it this weekend. Can’t wait…nothing like an actual book in hand. The only thing missing is your autograph 😉 Have a wonderful time back home with your family 🙂

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  13. kaytisweetlandrasmussen83
    Aug 30, 2014 @ 22:14:27

    I loved this post Mike.

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  14. Shery Alexander Heinis
    Aug 31, 2014 @ 00:26:28

    This is such a well-crafted, heart-warming story! I must also add my congratulations for releasing a physical book into the world. As you so aptly stated, a physical book is “more complete, perhaps, engaging more of the senses, providing for a more intimate and personal experience. ” All the best!

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  15. insearchofitall
    Sep 01, 2014 @ 03:35:51

    Congratulations on the hard copy of your book. I agree with you about holding the book in your hands. There are many books I have downloaded on a device and purchased in hard copy as well. I’m crazy enough about books that there are many I have purchased two or three copies of. Sometimes it was intentional, sometimes not. 😦 I just pass on the extra. Books saved me as a child but I didn’t dare write until long into adulthood. I have threatened to move into bookstores permanently. I love them with all my heart. Libraries are my second love. The problem with them is they want their books back. I felt like I was standing behind you in that store.

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  16. laurie27wsmith
    Sep 01, 2014 @ 11:02:22

    A big congratulations Michael, there’s nothing like holding a copy of your own book. 🙂

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  17. stockdalewolfe
    Sep 02, 2014 @ 19:21:57

    Congratulations, Mike!! Now it is published “for real”– nothing like the physical book!! Much deserved good luck with it!

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  18. M. J. Miller
    Sep 03, 2014 @ 21:10:33

    My first such experience for science fiction was Flash Gordon in the theater (Sam Jones). It just elevated me to another place as a seven-year old. For comics, Savage Sword of Conan and Conan the Barbarian in black and white were my drug of choice but I did not find them until late high school. What a great post down memory lane – I can so relate! Congratulations on the paper print. I agree, reading both Kindle and hard copies a lot these days, it is different and I don’t know which is better.

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  19. De Divah Deals
    Sep 10, 2014 @ 03:14:18

    You just took me back to that drugstore on the corner that sold the best Archie Comic Books – thanks for the stroll down memory lane!

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  20. fashionassist
    Sep 11, 2014 @ 01:48:13

    Oh I remember those spinning book racks…
    and there were always so many treasures to be found on them!
    Wonderful to read that your book has taken on “hard-copy” form…
    BIG congrats Mike—next up, The NY Times Best Seller List!! 😉

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  21. E.D.
    Sep 18, 2014 @ 14:26:58

    bonne chance with your ebook… yes, without books what? – oh well! iphone??? – naaah! eve

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  22. Sue Dreamwalker
    Oct 30, 2014 @ 18:03:05

    Congratulations Mike on your publication Wishing you well in your sales 🙂 My friend..
    Sue 🙂

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