Hippo Eats Dwarf Completed

On Friday I sent in the final, fully edited manuscript of Hippo Eats Dwarf to my publisher. A few small things remain for me to do. For instance, I need to write the acknowledgments page. But basically it's completed. Now the publisher needs to finish the cover art and start formatting it to look like a real book. But the book has already been listed on Amazon, which means it can now be pre-ordered. So over the next seven months I'll be bugging people to pre-order it, since the more people pre-order it, the easier it is to convince bookstores to stock it and display it prominently. And at $10, it's a bargain. Here's the catalog copy for the book (which may end up being the blurb on the inside cover):

Reality Check: Can you grow a bonsai kitten? Should you stock up on dehydrated water? Is it easy to order human-flavored tofu? Or is this all just b.s.?
In a world of lip synching, boob jobs, payola punditry, and staged reality shows, it's hard to know the real from the fake. HIPPO EATS DWARF is the essential field guide to today's Misinformation Age. Whether you're deciphering political doublespeak or trying to decide whether to forward that virus warning, hoaxpert Alex Boese provides the guidelines you need. For instance, Reality Rule 6.1: Just because you read it on the internet doesn't make it true. With case files, reality checks, definitions, and plenty of doctored photos, HIPPO EATS DWARF is an entertaining guide to life, death, and everything in between—including eBay.

For the past week, I've also been glued to my TV set (like everyone else) watching the catastrophe unfold in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. After the Asian tsunami I donated a month's worth of free ad space to a charity, but I suspect that wasn't the most efficient way to help out the disaster victims, because I assume everyone knows where to give money. So instead I'm donating a portion of the ad revenue directly to the Red Cross, and I'll continue to do that for the next few months because the people down there are going to need help for a long time.


Posted on Sun Sep 04, 2005


Got mine on order.
Posted by Charybdis  in  Hell  on  Sun Sep 04, 2005  at  12:42 PM
How do I know it isn't a hoax?
Posted by Peter  on  Sun Sep 04, 2005  at  01:17 PM

*Does a little happy dance at the prospect of getting a new book*
Posted by Smerk  in  to mischief  on  Sun Sep 04, 2005  at  05:59 PM
Attaboys for you for your donation to the N. O. relief--there need to be more people like you who know what is needed! I have bought one book but will buy more and hope your ad revenues increase exponentially.
Posted by dwarf gal  in  neck of the north  on  Sun Sep 04, 2005  at  06:34 PM
We already know how the book comes out (the hippo doesn't eat the dwarf). How much new material is in the book that wasn't on the website?
Posted by eriC draveS  in  Over here somewhere  on  Sun Sep 04, 2005  at  07:46 PM
Actually, Alex, I am really glad you are donating to someone reliable like the Red Cross. I was just reading an article in the paper about how there are all these fake agencies who were collecting money to "advance tsunami relief." one of these fakes was this guy who was collecting money by mail and planning to use it to pay off debts and buy a new car. he was quoted as saying "everybody needs money" in justification of his actions.
Posted by Snowy  in  aeternum  on  Sun Sep 04, 2005  at  08:55 PM
Yup. Order placed.

Oh, and eriC draveS - even if the book contained nothing not covered in the website it'll make a durn good gift, not so?
Posted by pail in prague  in  tra vitam  on  Mon Sep 05, 2005  at  02:45 AM
After all the embezzling the Red Cross did with the donations that were made to the victims of 9/11 and you're going to trust them with your money for New Orleans victims... such a dishonest charitable organization. You should do a posting about THEM on your site, not encourage them by donating more for them to steal...
Posted by Christopher  in  Joplin, Mo  on  Mon Sep 05, 2005  at  08:11 AM
i'll order it on the 4th october, the day after my bday when i have money :p
Posted by thunder  in  England  on  Mon Sep 05, 2005  at  08:23 AM
Congratulations on putting the book to bed. I'll be ordering one soon.
Posted by Big Gary in Dallas  in  Dallas, Texas  on  Mon Sep 05, 2005  at  09:02 AM
eriC, I'd say about 60% of the material in the book will be new, even to people who have read every word on my site. The rest of the material, site visitors may remember having heard about, but it's still in a new context in the book. What I write about it is new. It was inevitable that there'd be some overlap between the book and the site, but the book is definitely a different creature than the site.
Posted by The Curator  in  San Diego  on  Mon Sep 05, 2005  at  10:03 AM
besides, when your internet crashes, what can you do? Read up on your favourite hoaxes by your favourite author! smile
Posted by thunder  in  England  on  Mon Sep 05, 2005  at  10:33 AM
Glad to hear you got the book finished the first book was what brought me to this website many moons ago... ah memories.
Posted by Geekmafia  in  yas ohw sthgink eht era ew  on  Mon Sep 05, 2005  at  12:18 PM
Congratulations, Alex.
I just took my copy of the first book on holiday with me, in the hope of getting some time to re-read it, (well, re-re-re-read it) but I was foiled by my siblings who kept stealing it so that they could read it instead.
Posted by Boo  in  The Land of the Haggii...  on  Mon Sep 05, 2005  at  02:14 PM
Oh, and I just pre-ordered the second from amazon.co.uk.
Posted by Boo  in  The Land of the Haggii...  on  Mon Sep 05, 2005  at  02:56 PM
I know what a book order is, but what is a pre-order?

If you're gonna order a book why not just do it? What do you need to do before that????
Posted by Lord Lucan  in  somewhere strange  on  Mon Sep 05, 2005  at  03:17 PM
OK, Thanks for the information.
Posted by eriC draveS  in  Over here somewhere  on  Mon Sep 05, 2005  at  06:39 PM
Funny how alex totally ignored questioning the wisdom of donating to the Red Cross.
Posted by Jorge  on  Tue Sep 06, 2005  at  06:21 AM
Oh, the Red Cross question. Yeah, I've heard they've had their problems, though I can't really remember what those problems were. But I still feel safer giving to them rather than some charity I've never heard of.
Posted by The Curator  in  San Diego  on  Tue Sep 06, 2005  at  08:52 AM
But, Alex, if I pre-order on Amazon how will I get my signed copy?
Posted by Tru  in  Other Words  on  Wed Sep 07, 2005  at  09:44 AM
Hey, good point. When are you going to be in town for a book signing? Isn't that all you author types do, sign books at B&N?
Posted by Charybdis  in  Hell  on  Wed Sep 07, 2005  at  10:26 AM
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