Dakota Christmas, a warm-hearted holiday reminiscence that has soared to the Number One slot among Kindle readers. And, in so doing, Dakota Christmas represents a challenging phenomena to traditional publishers.
My opinion of Dakota Christmas? I'll have to let you know because I just ordered it a few minutes ago.
In the meantime, here's Patrick Hruby in the Washington Times:
writer loses a plum magazine-editing job in New York City, decamping to
his native South Dakota. Out of the blue, a major online publisher asks
him to adapt and expand an 11-year-old piece about his holiday
memories. The resulting essay, warm and wise, becomes a surprise
electronic best-seller - topping works by authors such as Nicholas
Sparks and Tom Clancy - and a small beacon of hope for a beleaguered
profession struggling to survive in the digital age.
“It’s been sweet,” said Joseph Bottum, who has recently lived that scenario. “What else could one want for a Christmas piece?”
A freelance writer and former editor at the conservative religious
journal First Things, Mr. Bottum is the author of “Dakota Christmas,” a
top seller for Amazon’s Kindle, an electronic reader and e-bookstore.
By turns serious and comic, the piece offers a richly detailed, loosely
chronological account of Mr. Bottum’s bookish boyhood on the Dakota
plains, reflecting on both the spiritual and secular meanings of the
holiday season in a sentimental, melancholic manner...
Read on to learn more about Dakota Christmas and about the new life being experienced by the author and his family. And then go right here and purchase a (very inexpensive) Kindle copy of Dakota Christmas to enliven your own holiday season.