Sunday, December 16, 2007

Having Nasal Surgery? in 2007- HIGHLIGHTS

I want to wish all readers of this blog a Merry Christmas (or happy holiday) and a happy new year. My wife is expecting our third child any day now so I am quite excited about that. If I am absent a short time from this blog, that is why.

Having Nasal Surgery? Don't You Become An Empty Nose Victim! was published on August 30th and has enjoyed a successful first three months. My publisher, Cold Tree Press, selected my book and has assisted me in applying this book for some book contests, believing it stands a reasonable chance of winning one of them. To recap, its accomplishments have included:

1)Selling fairly well - more than 2 books per day.
2)Receiving favorable reviews from customers at Amazon, Kirkus Discoveries, Foreword Clarion, Midwest Book Review,, and Reader Views. The Amazon listing is at:
3)Dr. Steven Houser, who wrote the foreword, has seen a significant increase in the number of ENS patients he is treating in recent months. His research article that was published in the September 2007 edition of Archives of Otolaryngology, likely contributed to this increase as well.
4)A successful book signing at Park Row in Clinton, New York. There could be potentially hundreds of ENS sufferers in the greater Utica area. I have been invited back for a second book signing; and all bookstores locally that have bought copies of Having Nasal Surgery? have sold them without a problem.
5) Comments from a doctor in Northern California to his patients that my book is having an impact in the ENT community. According to Dr. Murray Grossan of Los Angeles, at the American Academy of Otolaryngology, for the first time at a major conference, doctors were discussing how to best spare nasal mucosa to prevent ENS.
6) Having Nasal Surgery? is posted beneath the picture of the current Vice President of the American Rhinologic Society at the Cleveland, Nasal Sinus Center website.

While there is still much more work to be done on the awareness front, and hopefully the media will take notice in the upcoming year, all of the above leads me to believe Having Nasal Surgery? is contributing to an increase in awareness of empty nose syndrome locally and around the country...and that means more doctors informed of ENS and more patients with ENS receiving better help....and that is the most exciting news of all!

Sunday, December 9, 2007

How to GET empty nose syndrome quickly

The following is a quick way to get empty nose syndrome (ENS) quickly if you so desire, although I'm not sure why you would want to. In fact, I urge you NOT to try this at home (like I did) and I'm absolutely not responsible for any decisions people make who read this blog. Enough said. Here's my cookout in the winter story:

1) Bring your gas grill outside on a cold winter day (preferably, 30 degrees farenheit or colder)
2) Once the gas grill doesn't start because it is too cold, keep the gas running
3) Bring a lighter and light the grill and....


Now there must be a better way to start a gas grill on a frigid winter day. Or maybe grills aren't meant for winter cookouts. Seriously, the aluminum foil must have shot up 5 feet in the air and there was a huge fireball - almost looked like out of a movie. Thankfully, I (and my children who were inside in the warmth) was safe. Now, the gas grill did start at this point in time and I was able to cook the chicken and green beans. The plow man went by a few minutes later to clean the snow off the road. I was probably looked at cross-eyed by everyone in my area but it didn't matter because it is dark outside and you can't see them looking at me anyway. All in all, I had fun cooking some chicken while the snow fell and my wife took a picture of me making a fool of myself.

....PLEASE, don't do what I did with the grill!!!!! That's just asking for trouble.

Some promising news....

On a more serious note, I learned of the number of books I have sold and, according to Dr. Murray Grossan, I have sold a good number. Not enough to pay off the expenses of the book (yet), but enough to say it is making a real difference. Let's just put it this way: I am selling more than 2 per day almost solely on the Internet and without any marketing plan or major media endorsements. I would say that's pretty good. If I could sell a niche topic book of this nature fairly well, I wonder what would happen if I tried to write a book on a topic with broad appeal. I have in the past entertained writing a book on a topic related to my faith or one related to my profession of school psychology. Not that I'm planning on it, as my job and family keep me plenty busy (and rightfully so), but it is an interesting idea to ponder. I have also learned that Dr. Houser's practice has been flooded with empty nose syndrome patients (coming out of the cracks) in recent months and that he has been doing Alloderm implant surgeries regularly.

This is all good news for empty nose sufferers and raising awareness on empty nose syndrome (ENS).

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Update on Amazon Sales Rank

I am hoping to find out soon how many books of Having Nasal Surgery? have been sold in its first 3 months on the market. In the meantime, I was checking my amazon sales rank and saw this book as #1 in Otolaryngology. If it can stay at this level, then that's great, but it will take work to keep the sales rank good. The amazon sales rank is updated hourly, so it might very well change -- for better or worse during the next few hours and days.

Product Details
Paperback: 236 pages
Publisher: Cold Tree Press (August 30, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1583851976
ISBN-13: 978-1583851975
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies) Sales Rank: #14,587 in Books (See Bestsellers in Books)
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#1 in Books > Professional & Technical > Medical > Medicine > Surgery > Otolaryngology