Nevertheless, I would like your help. Criticism and approbation are fine, but suggestions are better.
As you know, my book Nine Weeks: a teacher's education in Army Basic Training, has been on the market for almost three months. We are making progress towards our sales goals, but I need a second wind. Below is a flyer that will accompany the book in local stores and coffeehouses.
This way, potential fans-- who likely happen to be Bay-area die hard blue-blooded liberals-- won't be completely repulsed by the ACU on the cover. What's that saying, "you can't judge a book...?
Though I wrote the book for me, I want to share my story and what I've learned with others. We have realized recently that Nine Weeks is really a book for teachers. Though Soldiers and military families will enjoy the insight into Army Training, the real value and depth is in its portrayal of how a person (me) trained and committed to learning, responded to a program in which learning was imperative, but fell well short of how effective it could have been.
It's also an examination of how fundamentally different two worlds are. An excerpt from the book:
"Not a month earlier I was standing in a high school classroom in the Bay Area, teaching math to at-risk teens. I had done an abrupt ideological about face, going from such an anti-military mindset to one that took a statement declaring our alacrity to destroy our country’s enemies as a given. Needless to say, it was a culture shock—one that I thought I was ready for.
One would think that these two worlds have much in common: on one hand the world of teaching (expand your mind, be anything you want) is meant to prepare learners to be contributing, thoughtful, and productive citizens of this great Republic. On the other, military indoctrination (be all you can be) is designed to supply the Republic with Soldiers to protect it.
I could go on, but it's all in the book. For now, a call to arms, if you please.
1. Comment on the flyer.
2. Share what other messages from the book stand out. (If you haven't already, this would be a good time to buy the book and read it.)
3. Forward this post to anyone you know who has marketing experience, interest in design, or just a good eye for catchiness.