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April 26, 2006

Update And Audio On the Blue Book of Freedom

In March I wrote a blog on my just completed The Blue Book Of Freedom, which I wrote to get the word out about the incredible virtues and moral goods of democratic freedom. I purposely kept it short (about 80 pages), on message, and factual. It is a declaration of war on thug regimes, and I envision the book as something like Mao's Red Book. People are encouraged to wave it vigorously in front of the North Korea, Sudan, and Iran embassies shouting, "Long live freedom. Down with thug regimes." Even, "We will bury you."

I sent a query about the book to over a dozen literary agents, all of whom said they weren't interested in handling it. But, I wrote this query stupidly, and included this turn off:

This democratic peace--especially that democracies don't make war on each other--is the foundation of President Bush's foreign policy. It was a pillar of President Clinton's foreign policy also, and has been articulated by Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld, Secretary of State Rice, and Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, among other leaders.

To me, this acceptance and application of the democratic peace is very important, but I had not considered that the vast majority of literary agents are probably liberal, and hate Bush and anything that would support his "awful" foreign policy. They come out of college English departments, the other humanities, and social sciences, or directly from major book publishers. There is no source I could find on the net that indicates, or even suggest, whether an agent is conservative or libertarian.

So, I eliminated the offending paragraph and sent out another query to a different batch of agents. So far, I got one request to consider the book.

But there is success in another direction. John Wagner of the John Wagner Recording Studios in Albuquerque New Mexico, the largest recording facilities in the Southwest, volunteered to produce a three-CD audio of the book. It sounds and looks great, and obviously much expertise went into the production. He is advertising it on his website and you can purchase it there. I receive no royalties and all money he receives from the sale of the CDs will go toward costs or into a special fund for marketing the audio and spreading its message.

So there you are. If you want to listen to my eternal truths about freedom while you drive, eat, or lie in bed with your sweetheart (no, better than Debussy's Bolero), it can be yours.

Click to hear a sample

Posted by Rudy at April 26, 2006 10:00 AM

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