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Gingersnap
04-30-2009, 04:47 PM
Survivalist Novel Patriots Rates High in Amazon, Not Libraries
Lynn Blumenstein -- Library Journal, 4/14/2009

Recently reissued book speaks to societal anxiety
Book on backorder at B&T
Library orders driven by requests

So, a title shoots to the top of Amazon.comís sales ranking within days of its release and libraries are caught off-guardóonly a handful have it on hand and another few wait for its delivery; itís already on backorder at Baker & Taylor (B&T). This scenario occurred with the April 7 release of Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse by James Wesley Rawles, which hit #6 last week on Amazon but was #33 today.

(The book, initially published as shareware and then by a Christian publishing house and POD house Xlibris, has been reissued by Ulysses Press, which is noted for travel guides but has expanded its list.)

Title not reviewed
Those few libraries that do have the book on hand probably ordered it at the request of a patron. Itís a niche title that wasnít reviewed by any of the usual professional sources, including Library Journal.

It appeals to a small but vociferous group of people concerned with survivalism and, in fact, was reportedly originally conceived as a nonfiction guide. According to a number of Amazon.com reviewers, the novel wonít win any literary prizes; its strength lies in its practical reassurances, focus on guns, and Christian ideology. Rawles is the editor of SurvivalBlog, "dedicated to family preparedness, survival, self-reliance, and self-sufficiency."

(Societal anxiety has also pushed The Ultimate Depression Survival Guide: Protect Your Savings, Boost Your Income, and Grow Wealthy Even in the Worst of Times, by Martin Weiss, to #6 today on Amazon.)

The author apparently takes a post-trib view but the book is largely about survivalism.

Library journal (http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6651539.html)

Rockntractor
04-30-2009, 05:16 PM
The author apparently takes a post-trib view but the book is largely about survivalism.

Library journal (http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6651539.html)
A post trib view is a good thing . Prepare for the worst and exept whatever comes our way. If a pre-trib view is correct someone else will be grateful for our supplies.

Gingersnap
04-30-2009, 05:25 PM
A post trib view is a good thing . Prepare for the worst and exept whatever comes our way. If a pre-trib view is correct someone else will be grateful for our supplies.

Well now, I never thought of it in quite that light. :D

megimoo
04-30-2009, 05:33 PM
Patriots, TEOTWAWKI, and Triple Ought

New Edition from Ulysses Press is now available!

The Novel
My novel is titled Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse. The big news is that Ulysses Press is now publishing a new edition of the novel. By popular demand, this new 400 page edition includes both a glossary and an index. Because of the publisher's quantity discount pricing, this new edition is much more appealing to retail book dealers than previous editions. The new edition has been slightly updated and features a new cover design. The cover price is $14.95 (or $19.50 in Canada)

Patriots is a novel about a socioeconomic collapse in the near future. It was described by one reviewer as a "survival manual fairly neatly dressed as fiction." There are so many useful details included that most people find themselves taking notes as they read it.

The ISBN for the new Ulysses Press trade paperback edition is. 978-1569755990. It is now orderable from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Borders, or your local book store.

I do not sell copies of my books directly. Fred's M14 Stocks still has some autographed copies of the now scarce XLibris edition available.


Unautographed copies are orderable from Amazon.com for just $8.97



There was some confusion about the various editions of the novel. Some people have written asking if Patriots is a sequel to the Triple Ought or TEOTWAWKI draft editions. It isn't. Rather, it is a thoroughly fleshed-out edition of the same story line. There is a wealth of new technical detail in Patriots, and even some new characters. Much of the material was suggested by readers from all around the globe who had read one the draft shareware editions. I greatly appreciate their input!

To avoid any further confusion, let me explain the various iterations of the novel:

1.) The Gray Nineties was the title of a 19 chapter draft edition of the novel. It was distributed as shareware via the Internet from 1995 to 1997. There were 17,000 copies downloaded.

2.) Triple Ought was a 27 chapter draft edition of the novel. It was distributed via the Internet from 1997 to early 1998. It was highly successful, with 82,000 downloads logged from the main site and 11 mirror sites in North America and Europe. The various Triple Ought sites were linked by more than 150 web sites dedicated to Christian, patriotic, survival, and Y2K issues. It was reviewed in a variety of on-line publications as well as print publications such as American Survival Guide magazine and The Idaho Observer.

3.) TEOTWAWKI : The End of the World as We Know It was a 33 chapter expanded self-published edition of the novel, printed and Velo bound in 8-1/2 x 11 format. It included six appendices. Note: TEOTWAWKI was never distributed as shareware. It was sold during 1997 and 1998. This was a limited edition, with just 1,600 copies printed.

4.) Patriots: Surviving the Coming Collapse was the title of a 31 chapter (352 page) abridged edition of the novel that was in trade paperback from Huntington House. It was in print from November of 1998 to January of 2005, and was consistently their best-selling title. It went through three editions and nine printings, with 37,500 copies sold.

5.) Patriots: Surviving the Coming Collapse (Expanded Edition) was the title of a 33 chapter (384 page) edition of the novel published by XLibris Press. It was in print from November of 2006 to February of 2009, and was their best-selling title for nearly all of that time, with 26,220 copies sold.

6.) Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse is the title of a 33 chapter (400 page) updated edition of the novel that is now out in trade paperback from Ulysses Press of Berkeley, California. (There will not be a hardback edition.) This new edition includes both a glossary and an index. There were 40,000 copies printed in just the first month that the book was released.
http://www.rawles.to/patriots.htm