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A Little Taste of My NEXT Podiobook…

We’re about 2/3 of the way through my rendition of “No Doorway Wide Enough” for Podiobooks.  But I’m already hard at work on my next audiobook presentation.

Ladies and gentlemen, may I introduce you to the first episode of “Undercover Trucker: How I Saved America by Truckin’ Towels for the Taliban.”

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Another Nice Review of the Podiobook

Yet another nice review of my Podiobooks version of “No Doorway Wide Enough.”

Let me start off by saying that I heartily recommend this podiobook. Admittedly, a life-altering disease like Parkinson’s is not something that one would envision as light and cheerful subject matter for a podcast book, and it was thus with some trepidation that I started listening to the first episode of “No Doorway Wide Enough”. Imagine my surprise at finding myself not only intrigued by, but drawn ever more strongly into, the thread of the ongoing tale of this man’s personal struggle. Even while painting a vivid picture of the advance of Parkinson’s Disease and its effect on his life and future, Bill Schmalfeldt succeeds in keeping the subject light, cheerful, informational, humorous, even inspirational. Needless to say, I very much respect Mr. Schmalfeldt for his resolve and inner strength, not only for bearing up under what must feel like a personal ‘Calvary’, but for caring enough to share this with the world. Give it a listen.

Thank you.  And yes, please, give it a listen!

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You Like COUPONS, Don’t You?

Then use THIS one to get 15% off your purchase of “No Doorway Wide Enough” from Lulu.com.

Now, don’t actually cut the coupon out of your computer screen.  That would be silly.  Just use the code BEACHREAD305 at checkout.

Remember, 100% of all author proceeds go to the National Parkinson Foundation and the Charles DBS Research Fund at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Enjoy a good book and help PD research.  You’ll feel good about yourself.

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Have I Been Getting Boring?

Have I been getting boring? I’ve noticed an appreciable dip in the number of folks who view this blog each day.  What kind of stories would you like to read?  Let me know what I can do to make this a more interesting place for you to stop each day.

I’m more than a little dismayed by the reaction my attempt to raise money for Parkinson’s disease research has gotten from my friends on Facebook and the folks who read this blog.

When I last checked, I had some 163 of you on my Facebook Friend list.  I used to get an average of about 150 hits a day on this blog.  I have 50-some subscribers to my feed.  And yet, as of this moment, including myself, nine people have downloaded my FREE Audiobook at Podiobooks.

I know a few friends of mine on FB and on this blog have purchased the book in hardcover, paperback, eBook or Kindle. But frankly the response has been woeful and very disappointing.

Quite simply, this current book is my attempt to give something back to the researchers who are trying to cure my disease. I would think that people might like to help that effort in a small way. Prices range from $3.25 for an eBook on “Smashwords” to the grand $45 hardcover on Lulu.com. All the links for hard copy or e-book copies are on my author website, right here. And for the God-Knows-How-Manyth Time, every nickle I get from this book will be divided evenly between the National Parkinson Foundation and the Charles DBS Research Fund at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

I assure you, my NEXT audiobook will be purely mercenary and I will selfishly keep all proceeds. The one after that, I will split the proceeds with my late older brother’s wife.

But this one is a special book. It is the book I want to be remembered by after I’m dead. It’s not maudlin, it’s not smarmy, it’s not a “feel-sorry-for-me” tome. It’s a self-effacing, sometimes hilarious look at the life of a guy who found out he had an “old man’s disease” at age 45 and how I’ve managed it over the past 10 years. Those of you who know me personally — my family, my friends, my former and current colleagues… you KNOW my sense of humor. Do you think I would write something sappy?

This is the last time I will ask. I really need your help. Please consider getting a copy of “No Doorway Wide Enough” in whatever format you choose. Spread the word to YOUR friends and family and neighbors.

If this year is like every other year, 50,000 new Americans will get the diagnosis I got in 2000. I want to do something to help cut that number. Parkinson’s doesn’t care who you are, what you do, where you live or how much money you make. It’s not just Michael J. Fox and Muhammad Ali and Brian Grant.

It’s me.  It could be one of your friends. It could be a family member of yours. Your husband.  Your wife.  If you’re past 40, it could even be you!

I’ve already spent a considerable portion of my own money to publish the book in its various formats, to promote it with websites and advertising and press releases.

For those of you who have already gotten your copy, thank you.

For those of you who haven’t, you still have time to take advantage of some July savings.

For my friends who have read this and just don’t give a rat’s ass… you already know who you are… I’m sorry for wasting your time.

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Podiobooks Comes Through!

Thank you, Podiobooks!  My first six episodes of “No Doorway Wide Enough” are on the site and ready for you to download.

Just go to Podiobooks, check the “Recent Releases” on the front page, click on “No Doorway Wide Enough” and subscribe.  It’s absolutely free!

Donations are, of course, welcome.  And check out THIS act of kindness from the management.

As we tend to do in these instances, Podiobooks.com is passing 100% of your donations along (we normally keep 25%) to Bill’s chosen charities. Enjoy the story!

What a great bunch of guys!

There are six episodes on there now.  I’m guessing there will be somewhere between 15-20 when I’m done.

Check it out.  Let Podiobooks know what you think, and let ME know what you think!

And thanks.