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Old 11-15-2011, 06:55 AM   #121
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Hi Nords, that may have been my purchase thru Barnes & Nobles.com. Was hoping to get it delivered before I leave for TDY tomorrow, but there was a delay in shipping. Also ordered Extreme Retirement aand Live More, Work Less...thx for the recommendations on your blog.

FWIW, I'm an O-6 coming up on 24 yrs in May. In my Command assignment until Summer 2013 when I'll be at 25 yrs. Going to TAPS seminar first week of December just to get a lay of the land. Since coming across this website and your blog, I've really shifted my thinking on what I want to do, or at least consider other options on what's out there.

I have a 12 & 6 yr old and want to be able to spend time with them as they grow up. Not sure if taking another assignment in 2013 will provide that opportunity or deciding to retire is the route to go. That's why I'm excitedly looking forward to getting your book delivered!
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One more book last week, near Chicago.
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One more book last week, location not specified.
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Three copies, including two in the Washington DC area. Must've been a fun Thanksgiving workweek over there... or a Black Friday sale?

Amazon doesn't give me specific sales numbers for the Kindle edition, but it has a ranking of #54,689 out of 750,000. I'm not sure how to convert that to a sales figure.
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Four more books this week, most of them in the DC area again. Bigger than Black Friday's three books the week before! The pocket guides are great (cheap) stocking stuffers, too.

We're up to 20 libraries now with a new donation in Brooklyn (JackOnTrack, was that you?) and the Combined Arms Research Library in Fort Leavenworth. I'm guessing that's at the Army career college, not the military prison. Either way I feel like we're carrying out a covert & subversive infiltration program...
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I just ordered your book from Amazon for my SIL who is in the navy. He is planning on getting out of the military in 06/12, when his 6 yrs are up. He wants to finish his degree and possibly go back in as an officer to get manager experience. He has a brother that is in the army, so he could pass it on to him when he is finished. So I just thought that I would let you know that one is on it's way to WV and will end up in CA.
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I just ordered your book from Amazon for my SIL who is in the navy. He is planning on getting out of the military in 06/12, when his 6 yrs are up. He wants to finish his degree and possibly go back in as an officer to get manager experience. He has a brother that is in the army, so he could pass it on to him when he is finished. So I just thought that I would let you know that one is on it's way to WV and will end up in CA.
Holy cow, that went fast. It seems as if he just enlisted last month, although I guess it felt like a lot longer from his perspective.

I sure hope he has his GI Bill lined up, or maybe he could apply for a commissioning program like NROTC. From what I've been reading on Military.com and other discussion boards, he should apply as far in advance as possible to give them time to sort through the applications backlog and start the payment process.

I don't know how the rest of the board's enlisted veterans or mustangs feel about getting a commission for manager/leadership experience. He might already have plenty of that, and the degree would just be the sheepskin to go with the credibility...

Three books sold last week, all in the DC area! I guess DC looks just like WV from Amazon's Galactic HQ.
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Thanks to whoever donated a copy to the Manitowoc Public Library!

Zero hardcopy sales reported last week, although Kindle sales seem to be continuing.
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Holy cow, that went fast. It seems as if he just enlisted last month, although I guess it felt like a lot longer from his perspective.

I sure hope he has his GI Bill lined up, or maybe he could apply for a commissioning program like NROTC. From what I've been reading on Military.com and other discussion boards, he should apply as far in advance as possible to give them time to sort through the applications backlog and start the payment process.

I don't know how the rest of the board's enlisted veterans or mustangs feel about getting a commission for manager/leadership experience. He might already have plenty of that, and the degree would just be the sheepskin to go with the credibility...

Three books sold last week, all in the DC area! I guess DC looks just like WV from Amazon's Galactic HQ.
It has went fast. He has been doing online classes for college and is set to graduate at the end of next year. He does not care for being an orthopedic tech and wants to get into computer security. He has been studying it himself and has passed 3 certifications tests that are basic. He has also been doing a computer internship for Balboa museums in San Diego and has learned a lot from the hands on experience. They are not sure what they are going to do. They hate being away from family and don't like their DD seeing her grandparents mostly over the computer. His family is from Morgantown also. I keep thinking that in only 14 years, he could have a pension and some healthcare. It is not my decision though and I did not think twice when my DH got out of the AF after 4 yrs. I would also love to have them back home, but don't want to limit their employment opportunities. I am hoping that your book will help him to take everything into consideration and that they make the best decision for their family.
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Five more sales during 19-25 Dec, including four in the Washington, DC area-- Mele Kalikimaka, everyone!

I expected a royalty check from the publisher this month, and it hasn't happened. Next week I'll start with the e-mails & phone calls.

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It has went fast. He has been doing online classes for college and is set to graduate at the end of next year.
I keep thinking that in only 14 years, he could have a pension and some healthcare. It is not my decision though and I did not think twice when my DH got out of the AF after 4 yrs. I would also love to have them back home, but don't want to limit their employment opportunities. I am hoping that your book will help him to take everything into consideration and that they make the best decision for their family.
From his side of the enlistment, he's probably thinking of all the things that could have happened during the last six years. Especially if he was seeing those things happen to other people firsthand.

If he's not totally repulsed by the thought, especially in San Diego, it might be worth signing up for the Navy Reserve or USCG Reserve. (In your neck of the woods, maybe not so much Navy Reserve as Army National Guard.) The latest upsell for a Reserve obligation is a guarantee of no involuntary mobilizations during the first two years. However in a big company town like SDGO he'll have plenty of chances for active duty and voluntary mobilizations, and he might be able to completely avoid the involuntary stuff. The worst case would be up to a year of drills followed by transferring to the IRR so that he can finish his Reserve commitment without being mobilized.

From what I've read & heard, the active duty commands are pretty bad at putting out the latest info on the Reserves. I'd recommend that he make an appointment with the Navy Reserve recruiter in his area and spend an hour with them. Either that or PM FireUp2020 for her advice.

He may decide that life is a lot better when he's finishing college on his GI Bill, gets a Reserve commission, and has a second career with officer insignia.

But whether or not he decides to stay in the military, he'll want that college degree sooner rather than later.
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Another two sales last week, to close out 2011 with a total report of 65 books between May-October and 24 more in Nov-Dec. Actual sales will be higher since Amazon's "Author Central" only captures up to 75% of the totals. That also does not include e-book or pocket guide sales.

Impact counts the royalty periods through the end of October and April, and then sends out the checks on 31 Dec and 30 June. I'm expecting a royalty check any minute now.
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A poster informs me that a library copy is now available in the Sacramento county public system. It doesn't show up on WorldCat yet, but neither does the one two I've donated to two different Oahu branches of the Hawaii State Public Library System.

So if you've been waiting for me to post about your local library, you might find it in your system long before WorldCat hears about it.

And thanks to whoever donated a copy to the Air University Library of the Muir S. Fairchild Research Information Center at Maxwell AFB! Are the Air Force guys just more financially aware? Do they know something about the coming military drawdown, or have they made a research-prediction breakthrough? Or are they just that much more miserable in their service and even more motivated to seek financial independence?
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Ordered my copy today from B&N. Looking forward to the read.
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I suspect they have a morbid curiosity about how "those other guys" think...
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That all explains a lot...
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Yeah - I wonder sometimes...... ;-) Their idea of an acronym isn't....
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Sales report from Impact Publications for June-October (five months):
605 copies of the book (six of them e-books) and 2929(!) copies of the pocket guide.

Note that Amazon Author Central logged only 65 copies sold during the same period. Apparently they don't quite capture the 75% rate that they claim.

Impact Publications pays out royalties twice a year. This check is for $1136.15. By the time you read this I'll have sent two contributions (with a nice cover letter about the book) for $568.08 to Wounded Warrior Project, and another $568.07 to Fisher House!

More details (and the sales report itself) here:
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Sales report from Impact Publications for June-October (five months):
605 copies of the book (six of them e-books) and 2929(!) copies of the pocket guide.
Big congrats, Nords!

Since all this was word-of-mouth and online, can't wait to see the results of your next sales report now that the book has physically showed up on the shelf at military exchanges. I'm expecting to see a significant increase.
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Sales report from Impact Publications for June-October (five months):
605 copies of the book (six of them e-books) and 2929(!) copies of the pocket guide.

Impact Publications pays out royalties twice a year. This check is for $1136.15. By the time you read this I'll have sent two contributions (with a nice cover letter about the book) for $568.08 to Wounded Warrior Project, and another $568.07 to Fisher House!
Awesome start, Nords!

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