March 11, 2013

CCLaP's first original book of the year is here!

Historia, Historia, by Eleanor Stanford

Yippee! CCLaP's first original book is finally here! It's called Historia, Historia by a Philadelphia author named Eleanor Stanford, and is a hard book to easily classify: partly a traditional Peace Corps memoir about her two years in the Cape Verde Islands off western Africa, it's also partly a collection of poetically written academic essays about the language and culture found there, while at the same time is a Marya-Hornbacher-style collection of gripping personal essays about the eating disorder she developed while there. We've been working on this book all told somewhere around six months now (and speaking of which, special thanks to Emily Jones for being the title's assistant editor, and congratulations to Sarah Bradford for this being her first successful project as our newest full-time senior editor), so I'm awfully excited to finally have it finished and ready for all of you to download or purchase. You can head over to [cclapcenter.com/historia] to do so right now. And by the way, there's a technical note to be made here: for the first time, we're doing away with the entire "pay what you want" paradigm of our electronic books, and giving people just a "one-click option" for going straight to the free version, although of course you're still encouraged to send along a voluntary payment through Paypal before you do so. The older way this worked made more sense back before we were doing paper versions of our books, and therefore a good 20 to 30 percent of you sent voluntary payment for the ebook as a way of supporting the author and the center; but now that those people can and do order a paper copy instead, voluntary ebook payments are generally down now to less than 5 percent of all downloaders, so I figure there's no need to make the rest of the 95 percent of you jump through a bunch of extra hoops just to get to the download page.

Handmade paper version of Historia, Historia

Handmade paper version of Historia, Historia

Handmade paper version of Historia, Historia

Handmade paper version of Historia, Historia

Handmade paper version of Historia, Historia

Oh, and speaking of which...Yes, we officially start our third year in 2013 of offering special handmade paper versions of our books, too! Known as the "Hypermodern Editions" (a term from the world of book collecting, that refers to any well-done bookbinding less than thirty years old), they are the main way that CCLaP generates revenue throughout the year; so if you like all the other things we do here every month (like the book reviews, the monthly magazine, the photo features, the podcast, the live events and more), I really encourage you to pick up a paper copy of Historia, Historia, not for the least of which is that you also get a fantastic story done in an exquisite handmade binding to boot! And there are a couple of new 2013 tech details to note here too: namely, I have finally become a customer of a metered postage service, which means CCLaP can now offer not just the usual Priority Mail option that we've been offering all along (US$5, which gets your book there in two to three days plus provides a tracking number) but now regular First Class Mail (much cheaper at just $2, but with three to four days delivery and no tracking number). Between that and choosing between recycled paper and cotton sheets, plus adding the options for international customers, that now makes it six different options just for the paper version alone; so that's the other tech note, that starting with this title we are now streamlining our Paypal ordering process, so that you'll just start getting one dropdown menu with all the options like the one you're seeing below...

Options

And of course don't forget that Historia, Historia is available over at the Amazon Kindle Store as well for $4.99, for those who find the convenience of having it delivered directly to their device worth the small fee; and don't forget as well that the book has a Goodreads.com page too, and that every single one of us associated with putting it together and marketing it are all enthusiastic members over there too, so I really encourage all my fellow GRers to not only add it to their to-read list there but to actually go back after reading it and add their review, a huge problem concerning lack of turnover that we experience there all the time. And then as this week continues, I'll also be releasing a new piece of supplemental material for the book each day too -- an interview I recently did with Stanford tomorrow, then a "passing the torch" essay on Wednesday from Kevin Haworth, author of the last book we published, then a critical essay by me on Thursday on why I signed the book in the first place, and finally a roundup this Friday of all the great press we've already started getting (but see our Twitter feed for more timely updates on all that). I hope you'll have a chance to explore it all, to secure a copy of the book, and to enjoy this really remarkable, so beautifully written tale that Eleanor has thankfully shared with all of us. It's a courageous book, as well as personally the best Peace Corps memoir I've ever read (and I've read dozens of them), so I hope you'll have a chance to experience it for yourself soon.

Filed by Jason Pettus at 4:12 PM, March 11, 2013. Filed under: CCLaP Publishing | CCLaP news | Literature | Literature:Nonfiction | Profiles |