The goal remains no later than January 1st - but it will depend on the approval by the e-publisher for formatting. That can take 1-2 weeks, which meant that I need to have the book uploaded by this weekend. That doesn't look promising - but it remains the goal.
For those that pre-order, I will send a pre-release PDF. Before I do, please understand that many feel that once they get a PDF, they can pass it on to family, friends and colleagues. Please refrain from doing that. As a believer in our Country and Patriotic duties, remember that you purchased the book - its inexpensive and not intended to be a revenue cha-ching. Its a passion. That being said - please feel free to share with them how to buy their own copy.
Here's one more incentive. Once the book is published through the e-publisher, I will have no idea who purchases and who doesn't, and the price will double to the extraordinary $1.98. However, until that time - pre-release purchases through PayPal are notified to me, which allows me to keep in to contact with those that pre-order. So, I have decided that if those that pre-order help spread the word, I will extend my appreciation when the hardcopy comes out, hopefully by mid 2013 (much sooner would be nice, but it is better to have a realistic goal than a lofty goal, and that process is much more difficult).
All I ask is that you spread the word - you have an interest in our history and future, that is what we have in common. It is why I am writing the book and you are buying it. Share that with your family, friends and colleagues. They can pre-order and spread the word. Just share the website address - www.BeersWithOurFoundingFathers.com. After you read it, feel free to share your thoughts with me - perhaps write a book review. These will be used to make the hardcopy better.
What's in it for you? I can't anticipate the cost of the hardcopy until I'm done with the eBook version. Number of pages, color or black and white pictures, etc. are all part of the cost-analysis. The more popular, the better the price point will be. But, regardless of that - when the hardcopy is available, I will email all those that pre-order the eBook and offer a discount of twice the price of the eBook - a discount of $3.96. It doesn't sound like much, but that could actually be a loss at my cost. There is no real profit in books (unless you're in the circles of Stephen King or John Grisham). That's my appreciation to you. I hope to keep the hardcopy below $20, and save you at least 20-25%.