Friday, September 24, 2010

My Book Report.

It's still rough. Like a big mound of clay just starting to take shape.

The preliminary title: Why Your Prescription Takes So Damn Long To Fill; A Foul-Mouthed Pharmacist Breaks The Curse Of Evel Knievel, Finds His Place In The World, And Strikes Back At The Ideological Forces That Threaten The Profession, And Your Health.

Most of what'll end up in there you can find here in the blog garden. My plan is to have a format somewhat David Sedaris-essay like using a lot of the material here. Material which, in case you haven't noticed, kicks ass. The book'll have an overall narrative while jumping around with Family Guy style non-sequiturs as it goes along to its final destination.While there is some value added compared to the raw blog material, the ending is where I really get off asking you to pay for it. I really like the ending. There's a good chance the ending, even if you are well embedded within the profession, will teach you a bit of practical pharmacology you didn't know.

And Lloyd Duplantis of Gray, Louisiana will hate the ending. Which is why I plan on dedicating the book to him. Because I want him to know the book never would have happened had he not inspired me to write it.

So here's the thing. While I am confident I can provide a superior reading experience, hell, I just kept myself entertained reading through the raw manuscript for the last half hour, I want some feedback before I sink the amount of time it will take into honing this sword to razor-sharpness. Would any of you actually consider buying this? Seriously. I know it's taking it to a whole different level to ask someone to part with money, but I also know I just got back from Borders, and I saw a lot of crap there.

Lemmie know. I set up a poll on the right hand side of the page.

26 comments:

beyr85 said...

am I honestly the only person to vote so far-....?

Pharmacy Mike said...

I'd buy it. Of course, that's because I already know the quality of writing that will be in it.

I think you can get a lot of word-of-mouth sales among pharmacists. It's the general public that might be hard to capture without someone giving it a little push.

I know you don't have cable, but ever hear of the Colbert bump? It's a dream obviously, but I could absolutely see an interview with the author of this kind of book on either the Daily Show or the Colbert Report.

I can't believe I just sat here and analyzed the marketing campaign for your book... I apologize. I'm hung over.

Good look.

Kristin said...

Only if you consider buying mine! We have 5 pharmacists from varying types of retail settings jotting down our experiences now, in the hopes of getting the hell out of the chain world! I know, probably not lucrative enough, but we can dream.

Yes, I'll buy. Make it good, and put it in Kindle format please.

Anonymous said...

You know that you're true and loyal reader will be all over this, just make sure that you get the word out on when it will be released.

You may want toconact some of the Colleges/Schools of pharmacy in your area...if the writing on the blog is any reflection of the book, your book ought to be mandatory reading for all students

Anonymous said...

I'd buy it, I've read most of your site by now, but I'd definitely pass it around to all my non pharmacy friends!

Anonymous said...

I am assuming that you are comitting suicide in teh end, after writing it. Great idea, that will show that "right to life" asshole Lloyd to butt into your business. Death is a right that everyone should enjoy. I would buy that book.

Cristal said...

Make your pen name something that goes near or between King & Koontz.

Drug Mon Key.

Yeah. Something like that.

ThatDeborahGirl said...

My darling, my drug monkey, you must read this if you haven't already.

So does this make your apostle now? Like Rufus? You owe me $12.

Tyler said...

Let me know if you need some proofreading. I took a rediculous amount of extra english classes and love proofreading for some reason, to the point that I proofread random shit I read on a daily basis without even wanting to

DrugMonkey, Master of Pharmacy said...

Deb,

You seriously need to have a "contact me" feature on your blog, or at least take advantage of mine.

Otherwise that $12 will just sit there and accrue interest....

Tonina said...

I'd buy it. I've enjoyed your blog enough that I'd buy your book just to show my support. But I'm curious about one point, DM - are you planning on joining the self-publishing wave or will you be attempting to have your book published through the traditional means?

DrugMonkey, Master of Pharmacy said...

Tonina,

I've sent query letters to literary agents, but I'm aware of the odds involved. I'm prepared to self-publish.

And honing the manuscript to razor sharpness as I type......

Jen said...

you sonofabitch, you used CORPORATE LINGO in your post!!!! i almost put my fist thru my monitor when i read "value added".

hope said...

wow, looks like you already have that Hemmingway thing going on, judging from the comments ('you sonofabitch,' etc.) Please put it on Kindle. You can also self publish through them, check it out on amazon. Looks like you'll make more money that way, too, save a few trees, and if you get picked up by a big pub house, all the better.

Good luck. You can be like that guy who wrote Primary Colors. We in the profession can keep copies next to the register at work....

Anonymous said...

I'll buy it, even though I don't work in the medical field, and my politics are mostly a little bit to the right of Pat Buchanan.
I'm doing some writing on the side myself, and from some of the discussions I've seen online, you have a definite edge in being able to get your book published because of your popular web site.
Regards and good luck from a right wing defense contractor and Christian Fundamentalist.

Anonymous said...

I will absolutely buy it, I bought Jim Plagakis' sorta books and you write way better than him!

I love the Colbert bump idea---you'd be awesome on Colbert!

Anonymous said...

Only if you give some of that sweet remuneration back to ONU... bwhahahhaha. Or just pay for my hernia surgery since I just ruptured a nut thinking the polar bears may be low on funds. -Dave a PDC in MB,SC ... P.S. I'll read your latest article tomorrow on my lunch break :-)

The crew of Lucidity said...

I'm buying more than one. At least one copy will go to my boss, and his boss, etc, all the way to the top of this pile of crap.

Delerium Tremens said...

DM,

I've already got my wallet out.

Cheers,

DT

pillroller said...

oh let's have a book title contest! the winner gets to call in "scared" and skip work!

Stavros69 said...

I think that we are the wrong people to sample to see if the book would be purchased. We are biased.

beryl said...

Maybe we are biased. I would fork it over for your book. I like reading your thoughts. Please do a kindle version.

The Angry Pharmacist said...

I'd buy it only if you sign it.

Anonymous said...

Seeing this book on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart would be one of the best days of my life. "My guest tonight, he is the author of Why Does I take so long....". Those Jon Stewart guests always have such long book titles. This would be perfect.

lizonella said...

I'd not only buy it in printed form for the break room, Kindle form for my iPad, but am SO hoping for an audio version someday :)

Anonymous said...

Who's gonna play you in the movie? Seriously. I think this sort of movie would be huge - like "Clerks"