You read it. The paperback retails online for $14.99, and I’m marking them down to $10 for the Gaithersburg Book Festival on Saturday, May 19th.
“Why is he doing this?” you ask. “Is Philip Becnel insane?”
Yes, but that’s not the reason, which is actually trifold.
First, my two teenagers will be helping me at the fair, and since I’m not paying them (it builds character) I can afford to be generous. Don’t worry about the kids. I’ll buy them some ice cream. They’ll be fine.
Second, Freedom City is in the midst of a cover re-design by none other than famed illustrator David Foldvari, known for his work in The New York Times and The Guardian, among other places. I therefore need to lighten my inventory of books bearing the indie cover. These first editions are bound to become collector’s items, so it’s a bargain any way you look at it.
Third, the Gaithersburg Book Festival will be my first foray as the author of a vehemently anti-Trump novel outside of New York, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. Although Freedom City has sold online throughout the world, I’ve done exactly zero outreach or advertising beyond the major metropoles east of the Mississippi River. I therefore thought it fitting to humble myself before the book-loving masses of exurban Marylanders. Besides discounting the book a bit, I plan on dialing back my natural hipster aesthetic to an unpretentious “6.”
Besides a great novel and a couple sullen teenagers, I’ll also bring a few copies of the non-fiction books that helped make me a name in the investigations community: Introduction to Conducting Private Investigations and Principles of Investigative Documentation.
Anyway, I’m super excited about the Festival and am looking forward to shaking a few hands, signing a few books, and otherwise rubbing elbows with many interesting folks.
See you there!