Art and I have decided to send complimentary copies to the team leaders of veterans' clinics, at first in the Pacific Northwest. These clinics, part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, are all over the country and directly serve the veterans. Art attends a weekly group meeting at the vet clinic in Seattle. We provided a copy of the book to the group's counselor; next week he'll be taking half a dozen copies of the book to sell, at a discount, to the vets in his group.
At the end of the book Art says, "I hope that talking about this journey of healing and how it has helped me -- if even one person can get some good out of it and stop the nightmares and gain some peace, it will be worth it." We're hoping that will happen."
It is very cool to hear from people who have read the book and made comments to us. Family members who had no idea what Art had gone through; friends who bought extra copies to give to friends. Signing a book is an honor for both of us.
Today I sent my approval of the second version of the book. I decided I wanted to make it as good as it could be, rather than just "good enough". The "retech" cost more, but I'll be proud to have the new version out there. Most people wouldn't have noticed the changes I decided to make, but picky readers would have. I don't want anyone distracted from the story by a small inconsistency or a quotation mark on the wrong side of the punctuation mark.
Once the retech is ready, I'll be taking copies to the bookstores in our area and to the library. On our April road trip, we'll make a point of stopping by vet clinics and dropping off a book.
With this book, it's not about the money. It's about the vets.