Okay, there it is -- there's the first official look online at the cover for CCLaP's newest original book, a day-after-tomorrow tale called Life After Sleep by Chicago science-fiction veteran and former medical assistant Mark R. Brand, and which I believe will officially be out to the public on Monday, March 7th. And you know what that means, CCLaP Army -- that's right, it's time for you volunteer proofreaders to come out of the woodwork again! Since the center is right now essentially a one-person operation, this brings certain natural disadvantages to the publishing process, one of them being a lack of collective eyeballs willing to go through our manuscripts with a fine-toothed comb before publication, and help us ferret out what has so far been between 35 and 85 typos and spelling mistakes per book that that author and I missed, even as we did five or six edits of the book ourselves. It's simply the law of numbers in this case, and it means that we simply need some help looking over the manuscript in the week before its publication, in order to make these ebooks as professional as humanly possible; as regular readers know, I think this especially important in a publisher like CCLaP that's putting out electronic books for free, in that it's so incredibly easy to also release crappy books that way too. Here's its dust-jacket blurb, to give you a little better idea of what you're signing up for...
"It is the day after tomorrow, and a device has been invented that immediately induces REM sleep, otherwise known as 'Sleep' with a capital S. Society has been transformed. The average person now only needs two hours of rest a night. The work day is officially sixteen hours long. Americans party at clubs until daybreak, then log into virtual worlds and party in a reunified Korea all morning too. And within this busier, noisier, more global society, we watch the intertwining fates of four people as they struggle with issues regarding Sleep: new parents who for postnatal reasons aren't allowed to use their special Beds; an Iraq vet and PTSD victim who is haunted by the non-ending nightmares that Sleep produces; a harried, arrogant doctor whose Bed has stopped working, driving him to the brink of madness; and a band promoter with an illegal Bed that lets her Sleep for hours on end, then stay up for four straight days and nights.
"Chicago science-fiction veteran and former medical assistant Mark R. Brand presents here a stunning and nuanced look at the world that might just await us around the corner -- a place where GPS, Facebook and cellphones mesh perfectly to tell us where even in a nightclub to stand, yet traditional enough for couples to still have fights over groceries, and for office politics to still have enormous repercussions; and since it's being released by the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography, it means you pay only what you want for an electronic copy, even if you want to pay nothing, making this mini-novel (available in EPUB, PDF and MOBI/Kindle editions) easily worth taking a chance on. Rich in its prose and deep in its metaphor, you do not have to be a fan of sci-fi, Michael Crichton or Malcolm Gladwell to love 'Life After Sleep...' although it certainly wouldn't hurt either."
Anyway, if you're interested in getting a free advance look at the book in the two weeks before its release, in return for helping us hunt down the last of the mistakes found in it, simply drop me a line at cclapcenter [at] gmail.com, and I'll get a copy of the book and proofing instructions to you right away. Thanks as always, my
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