About this site: Tales of Adversego is a readers and writers resource and blog site that focuses on the realities and challenges of self-publishing, based on my experience in creating, self-publishing and promoting a book called The Alexandria Project. You can find first drafts of the early chapters of that book here. For those of you that are thinking about becoming an author yourself, I’ll share what I’ve learned (and continue to learn) along the way. From time to time I’ll also report on what’s happening – for better and for worse – in the self-publishing world.
If you are already a self-published author or thinking of becoming one, I hope that you’ll become a regular visitor to this site. As importantly, I hope that you’ll share your own comments and thoughts when you do, because I’d like to learn as much from you as I hope you’ll learn from me. I’d also be delighted to work with you to help promote each others’ books, by trading interviews, announcements of new titles, and whatever else makes sense.
Like most author sites, this one is intended to expose people to my writing. That’s why the the name of the blog incorporates the name of the main character in The Alexandria Project and its sequel (in process) – a gifted, but conflicted, cybersecurity specialist named Frank Adversego who is working at the Library of Congress when the story begins. You can find eBook and print versions at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, GooglePlay, and all of the other usual outlets. Like most self-published eBooks, the barrier to entry is low: currently, the purchase price is just $2.99.
If you like a thought-provoking thriller with a strong plot, interesting characters, a serious underlying message, and a sense of humor, I think you’d enjoy it, as have the fifty-two folks who have reviewed it to date at Amazon (4.8 stars average rating), as well as the 31 who have posted reviews at GoodReads (4.29 stars average rating), and more at their sites. You can find examples of these reviews at this site’s review page. If you decide to give my book a try and enjoy it, I’ll be greatly in your debt if you recommend it to your friends and perhaps post a review at Amazon or GoodReads (why not both!) as well.
About me: I’ve been blogging for over 11 years on a variety of topics at a different blog located at this URL – you can find over 600 detailed entries there in all. I self-describe myself in my book blurb as follows:
Andrew Updegrove, an attorney, has been representing entrepreneurs, technology companies and venture capitalists for more than thirty years. He also represents many of the organizations that develop, support and apply the standards upon which cybersecurity is based, and is actively involved in dealing with cybersecurity attacks as they happen. A graduate of Yale University and the Cornell University Law School, he lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts.
A full professional biography can be found here.
Contact: You can reach me anytime by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
About my book (from my Author page at Amazon):
What is The Alexandria Project all about? Most immediately, I hope you find it to be a great read, with interesting, colorful characters, a fast-paced plot that captures and holds your interest, the requisite number of clever plot twists that you’d expect in a good thriller, and an exciting surprise ending. I hope you’ll also enjoy the sense of ironic humor that runs through the entire book. Finally, if you’re technology savvy, I hope you’ll appreciate the technical credibility of the plot. But if you’re not, no worries. I’ve taken care to make the book just as readable to someone that can’t tell a bit from a byte.
There’s a second reality to The Alexandria Project, though, that’s worth remembering when you’ve set the book aside. Today, everything is controlled through the Internet. And by “everything” I mean everything. Communications. The financial system. Government. Transportation. The power grid. The list has no end, and our reliance on the Internet increases every day. That would all be well and good if we were spending the same effort making the Internet secure as we are making it useful. But we haven’t, and we still aren’t. If the Internet were ever to be taken down, life as we know it would literally come to a halt.
The good news is that what you read in The Alexandria Project is fictional. The bad news is that it’s fictional only in the sense that it hasn’t happened yet.
Reviews of The Alexandria Project are here
Interview on February 6, 2014 is here
Links to purchase The Alexandria Project are here