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Identities for Sale!

October 28, 2012

A few weeks ago I mentioned that I was about to publish a novel and I’m happy to say that it is now official!

Identities is now available from Amazon both as a paperback and in a Kindle version.  It is currently being distributed to various e-reader distributors and should be generally available in all formats in the next week or so.


Here is the back cover blurb:

Powerful corporate executive.  That was Dave Locke.  His entire sense of self and success rested on that identity, but when he loses his job, he is forced to figure out who he really is. 

After taking a new job, he comes to realize that he is a lot more than a corporate executive.  He is disturbed by the greed, selfishness, and materialism of his colleagues and clients and decides to make some changes.  As a veteran of office intrigues and boardroom wars, he knows how the game is played and works his way to the top of his new firm and tries to make business about more than growth and profit.

His new approach puts him on an entertaining collision course with egotistical executives, cutthroat lawyers, and Ivy League MBAs, and he find out that challenging the capitalist system can be a frustrating and risky business.

Identities is a satirical look at contemporary business, corporate greed, consumerism, materialism, and the dangers of building a life around an artificially constructed identity.

You can find the book on Amazon here or for the Kindle version here.

Identities is also available from Amazon sites in the UK, Germany, France, Spain and Italy and from The Book Depository.

I hope you enjoy Identities and share it with your family and friends.  Let me know what you think.

37 Comments leave one →
  1. October 28, 2012 12:58 am

    Congrats! I wish you all the success in the world and hope to be able to comment on your book once I get around to buying and reading it.

  2. Snoring Dog Studio permalink
    October 28, 2012 1:01 am

    Congratulations! What a wonderful milestone!

  3. October 28, 2012 1:16 am

    It is now in my Kindle Cloud Reader against the moment when I can put up my feet and read.

    • November 5, 2012 9:31 am

      Thanks very much–let me know what you think.

      • November 5, 2012 12:13 pm

        Now that I’m back online (and working through the appointments I had to reschedule) there’s hope of putting those feet up!!!

        I swear I’m still trying to get warm.

        • November 5, 2012 12:29 pm

          I figured you were having trouble charging up your Kindle!

          • November 5, 2012 3:07 pm

            Actually I do not have the budget for a Kindle as such but you can get this Kindle Reader thingummy for your PC for free.

            I did take my cell phone to the gym to recharge it. Fortunately I have fixed so many people on the gym staff that they let me plug it in at a secluded outlet in the office. Bribery and schmooze work wonders.

  4. October 28, 2012 4:40 am

    Congratulations! So happy for you!

  5. Dolly shahlori permalink
    October 28, 2012 7:59 am


  6. October 28, 2012 9:08 am

    I have put cartoon paperback on hold. Publishers are not set up for this only text. I may have printer produce and sell myself.

  7. October 29, 2012 7:41 am

    Congrats! A wonderful accomplishment and I wish you mountains of success!

  8. October 29, 2012 7:58 am

    My god, this was fast. How did you get this published in such a hurry?


    • November 5, 2012 9:37 am

      Thanks! The topic seemed sort of time sensitive so I went with Amazon’s Createspace.

  9. October 29, 2012 8:16 am

    I just bought it on (the german site). Bestseller list, here you come.

  10. October 29, 2012 11:13 am

    Congratulations, Tom! Well done. Love the title and the look of your name against the man’s blue suit. You make it look easy … was it? Could you write a post about how you did it?

    • November 5, 2012 9:38 am

      Thanks very much. Hope you enjoy the read. Yes, relatively easy. My last novel got very positive comments from agents and publishers but they thought it appealed to too narrow a market and that kept delaying publication and the passage of time and the changing economic situation made the book’s subject matter less relevant. Because the topic of Identities is timely, I wanted to get it out quickly so I went with Createspace. As it is it took seven months from finishing the ms to professional editing to final publication.

  11. October 29, 2012 10:44 pm

    Congratulations! I’ll take a look right now.

  12. October 30, 2012 10:27 pm

    Ah, the novel. Wonderful. I’m assuming it is self-published, or else you’d have regaled us with a series of posts to chronicle the slings and arrows that invariably attend the traditional publishing process.

    So what’s your personal take on the serial comma? Looking at the cover, the first thing that jumped out at me was the missing serial comma after “Materialism.”

    But then on the back cover blurb it says “collision course with egotistical executives, cutthroat lawyers, and Ivy League MBAs.”

    A little further down you write that Identities is “also available from Amazon sites in the UK, Germany, France, Spain and Italy.”

    Forgive me for bringing up what seems to be an insignificant detail, but I once heard a psychologist on the radio explain that there was “no such thing as a ‘small deal’.”

    • November 5, 2012 9:41 am

      You want slings and arrows?? Be careful what you ask for! Regarding serial commas, I have heard different rules from different teachers and editors so I went for a democratic approach and use them randomly. I figure that will help engage the reader–if they don’t care what the characters are up to they can always wonder about where the next comma will come.

  13. October 31, 2012 12:54 am

    Congratulations…So that’s why you haven’t been blogging much. Going for the Big time. How wonderful!

  14. October 31, 2012 9:32 pm

    Congratulations. I’m going over to Amazon to look at it. Best wishes and Good luck.

  15. October 31, 2012 11:50 pm

    My best compliments Thomas! I read in the Amazon description that is you ‘irreverent’ debut. Sounds promising. I’ll download it on my Tablet Kindle or, better, I’ll buy a hard copy next time I shop for books on-line. Ciao!

    • November 5, 2012 9:43 am

      Thank you very much–hope you enjoy the book and I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

  16. November 1, 2012 3:44 am

    Hi Tom, Congratulations on the publication of your book!
    all the best, Ruth Zaryski Jackson

  17. December 9, 2012 11:05 pm

    Congratulations!!! great subject matter & most timeous considering the current state of the capitalistic world. I shall save the link and when my budget allows, I look forward to a good read. 🙂

    • December 11, 2012 3:05 pm

      Thanks Cindy–I hope you enjoy the book. And tell your friends about it!

  18. March 27, 2013 1:18 pm

    Wow, sounds like a great book! I’m going to look into it. I was sort of shocked, this is something I’d pick up to read even if I didn’t meet up with you on here. And in between — thanks for the support!

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