Month: March 2014

A Forgotten Man hits #1 on two Amazon genre lists!

"A Forgotten Man," my debut novel inspired by President Obama's "Life of Julia" campaign advertisement, surged to the #1 bestseller spots on Amazon's political fiction and literary fiction genre lists during its three-day free promotion in late February.Screenshot of my book's Amazon Genre RankingsMore than 5,400 readers downloaded the book in just 72-hours! Reviews are already coming in, including:"This work changed me." - M. Domashinski"There is something quite haunting about this book that makes you search your soul and rethink things within your own life." - S. Grayson"I finished this book three-days ago and it is still running through my mind." - G. BuccheriPromotional giveaways can sometimes help an unknown work get discovered, but now that free books are often available most authors can only expect a few hundred new readers during a promotional event, maybe a thousand if it’s in a popular genre like romance or thriller. I calculated that a successful promotion for “A Forgotten Man” would be between 400-500...but 5,400 was well beyond my expectations, and charting #1 on two genre lists was totally unexpected.So...a big THANK YOU to everyone who made it happen, and a double THANK YOU to those who left reviews. Your interest in my work, and your thoughts about it, mean more to me than you could imagine.

Doctors earn every penny they’re paid

I recently read one of those viral letters posted on social media that began with the line, “Somebody asked: You’re a doctor? How much do you make?”The author cleverly used another definition of “make” in the answer, citing the difference doctors “make” and the sacrifices their families routinely to “make” as part of their demanding profession.Some of the answers were thought provoking: ·         “I can make holding your hand seem like the most important thing in the world when you're scared.”·         “I can make your child breathe when they stop.”·         “I can make myself get up at 4 a.m. to make sure your mother has the medicine she needs to live.”·         “I make my family wait for dinner until I know your family member is taken care of.”Comments on the letter were mainly positive. Some readers rightly extended those answers to nurses and other healthcare professionals who spend their lives handling our emergencies. Still, in an era when government rather than the free market is controlling much of our healthcare costs, doctors are sizable targets. Many believe they simply “make” too much money and that doctor salaries are part of the overall healthcare cost crisis. “We pay our doctors way too much,” wrote economics writer Matthew Yglesias in Slate magazine, adding that “there’s no rational basis for leaving their interests unscathed when tackling unduly expensive medicine.”To justify the claim he cited the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development that reported the United States “has the highest-paid general practitioners in the world” and…