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The Good Life Lab: Radical Experiments in Hands-On Living - Available for Preorder

I'm excited to announce that the book that I spent 2012 writing is available for preorder. The official release date is in June. I am writing this post to share with Holy Scrap readers the inspiration for the book and a little back story that is not in the book. It starts like this. . .

Commodification crept into my awareness early. I was in grade school in the 1970s in Nassau County just a short stint from New York City when I first noticed brands. Money earned in Manhattan and spent on Long Island met my consciousness in the form of designer clothing and branded consumer goods. Like the kids I went to school with I knew which brands earned social value. A tomboy, I delighted in torching forts I made of scrap then burned in the woods behind my home. A ratty pair of jeans suited my lifestyle fine. Still I noticed the priorities of my culture and felt the pressure of growing up in a commodified society with an insatiable appetite for more.

In my twenties I wrestled with the commodified world's illogicalities. Searching out a way to earn money I noticed that advancing my career often meant overriding my common sense. Jobs made strange demands: wake before your rested, work when your mind is not clear, eat at a set time and not when you are hungry, lie for sake of the mission of the company, compete, get the best of another, and mostly adapt.

The commodified world never taught me how the real world works. I learned how the default world works and how to work within it. I knew that just outside the boundary of commerce and merchandising the skills I'd acquired to succeed in the commodified world were useless. At the proper point of fedupness I took the skills I honed for my profession,  that I had once used to develop the commodified world, and I turned them around. I used them to dismantle it. This is where things got really interesting and it is the start of my book.

The Good Life Lab: Radical Experiments in Hands-On Living is the story of how Mikey and I created another way to live and what we discovered along the way. It is a contemplative and practical guide book for a post-consumer life. A mix of memoir and tutorials. I offer a view of the way the commodified world shapes people, so that we may each discover a way to wrestle free from it. The book is about invention, responsibility, creativity, community, economy, technology and value. It is about being an outlaw when that is the only sane thing to do. I show how to remake the stuff we use in our lives appliances, food, domestic goods, fuel and buildings, better and more responsibly than industry can. Perhaps the greatest of what I have to share has to do with what it is to be alive. I learned that we can tune ourselves to the life of this world. When we do we have a source of wisdom. Then we can do anything.

Thank you for reading and participating in many lively conversations on this blog. Many times it was your knowledge that we relied on, tested and proved. In your good company we took chances, made mistakes, celebrated, and had a damn good time. And we are hardly done.

The good folks at Storey Publishing filled my book with beautiful art, the of illustrations of twenty different artists. They printed the book with an unusual open bind making the book a work of art.

If you have ants in your pants and want to get your order in now you can preorder through Amazon (ships in June). If you wish to wait until June the book will be available in all retail outlets on line and off and also through our own Holy Scrap store.

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13 comments:

-Tom said...

OK. PreOrdered it. Now only 6 more months to wait.

Cheers.

Wendy J. Tremayne said...

Jan almost over, it's really out in May but I hear June is a more reliable date. Thanks Tom! : )

Jay said...

If I may be so bold as to make a suggestion.

The key to getting great sales on Amazon is to get your book into the rankings, if only for a day. If you can convince your entire blog audience to all order the book on the same day, you can impact the "best seller" algorithm on Amazon.

Suddenly, if your book shows up in the rankings, you'll get a lot of people checking it out that otherwise might not find it.

I'm sure with your creative and promotional talents, you can find all kinds of fun ways to create a big impact on your book release date.

As you probably are already aware, writing a book (creating a product) is actually the easy part. Marketing that product and getting people to buy it is a full time job.

Congratulations and best wishes on your publication. Here's hoping your book becomes a "Hot Commodity."

Unknown said...

I love the front cover! So true to life when I think of all the tasks jobs and projects I have been so lucky to enjoy while following this blog. Good luck with the launch and I will be looking for it in June.

Wendy J. Tremayne said...

Jay - thanks for that tip I'm going to look further into it. I'd been wondering about that very thing and how it works! : ) Nice to hear from you too. XO

Eric said...

I love the cover too! Do you prefer preorders or ordering through your store?

Let us know if you're doing Jay's same-day approach...

Mikey Sklar said...

thanks for asking eric. we don't really know the answer yet. we make a few bucks when we sell the book through our store, vs about a buck through other outlets. but for ranking, and trying to gain rank that can lead to other things sometimes its best to send people to places like amazon. i'm learning this stuff right now so I actually just don't know yet. : ) xo

Jay said...

Wendy commented:

"Nice to hear from you too. XO"


Whoa... easy there. Careful with those hugs and kisses. Mikey seems like a cool dude, and I don't want to get on his bad side. ;)

Not to mention that it's flu season. You don't know where I've been!!

mark said...

just found your blog via new flier- awesome times and wonderful news!
the same day buy at amazon sounds like a worthy venture and I'm all in for pushing this to my faceboot waaaall (some 4500ish friends and acquaintances) with a target date for preorder...let's do this.
also, this blog post is a perfect background builder, shame to not have it on back cover...perhaps the publishing co can print it on a single loose sheet insert? recommend you guys do that from all books sold direct and those shipped from home/shop!

Awesome guys, great work, good job!

redleg mark :)

p.s. another big ticket idea...oprah book of the month club = rockstar rocketship time, hah!:)

mark said...

just found your blog via new flier- awesome times and wonderful news!
the same day buy at amazon sounds like a worthy venture and I'm all in for pushing this to my faceboot waaaall (some 4500ish friends and acquaintances) with a target date for preorder...let's do this.
also, this blog post is a perfect background builder, shame to not have it on back cover...perhaps the publishing co can print it on a single loose sheet insert? recommend you guys do that from all books sold direct and those shipped from home/shop!

Awesome guys, great work, good job!

redleg mark :)

p.s. another big ticket idea...oprah book of the month club = rockstar rocketship time, hah!:)

mark said...

just found your blog via new flier- awesome times and wonderful news!
the same day buy at amazon sounds like a worthy venture and I'm all in for pushing this to my faceboot waaaall (some 4500ish friends and acquaintances) with a target date for preorder...let's do this.
also, this blog post is a perfect background builder, shame to not have it on back cover...perhaps the publishing co can print it on a single loose sheet insert? recommend you guys do that from all books sold direct and those shipped from home/shop!

Awesome guys, great work, good job!

redleg mark :)

p.s. another big ticket idea...oprah book of the month club = rockstar rocketship time, hah!:)

Heather said...

Nice cover!

AllenR108 said...

Love the intro. to the book that you gave us and I will be sure to get a copy. I will probably end up getting several for friends and family. Best of luck with the book.