START HERE: Now Available

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Jeff O'Neal

CEO and co-founder

Jeff O'Neal is the executive editor of Book Riot and Panels. He also co-hosts The Book Riot Podcast. Follow him on Twitter: @thejeffoneal.

We’re excited to announce that our first book, Start Here: Read Your Way Into 25 Amazing Authors, is now available.

Here’s the very official sounding description:

start here cover imageThere are so many fantastic authors and great books out there that sometimes it’s hard to know where to begin. Start Here solves that problem; it tells you how to read your way into 25 amazing authors from a wide range of genres–from classics to contemporary fiction to comics.

Each chapter presents an author, explains why you might want to try them, and lays out a 3- or 4-book reading sequence designed to help you experience fully what they have to offer. It’s a fun, accessible, and informative way to enrich your reading life.

A wide array of writers, critics, and bloggers offer their expertise and passion for these authors to help you get started reading authors you’ve always wanted to try.

Includes chapters by Erin Morgenstern (The Night Circus) on Neil Gaiman, Joe Hill (Heart-Shaped Box) on Bernard Malamud, Linda Fairstein (The Alexandra Cooper Series) on Edgar Allan Poe, and Kevin Smokler (Practical Classics) on Sherman Alexie.

Start Here also includes chapters on readIng your way into Margaret Atwood, Jane Austen, Ray Bradbury, Italo Calvino, Philip K Dick, Charles Dickens, E.M. Forster, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Ernest Hemingway, Zora Neale Hurston, John Irving, Stephen King, Cormac McCarthy, Herman Melville, Arthur Miller, Alice Munro, Haruki Murakami, Richard Russo, Zadie Smith, David Foster Wallace, and Colson Whitehead.

Since we funded the book’s publication through Kickstarter, most of our costs were covered by pre-sales, so we’re able to sell the ebook for just $2.99 (in the US), and it’s available in the usual places: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, the iBookstore, and if they’re signed up with Kobo, your local independent bookstore. (At this point, new print editions aren’t available. Depending on demand, we might do a second print run. Let us know and stay tuned.)

We think you’re going to find it fun, useful, and informative. If you do, one thing that would be enormously helpful would be to rate/review it on Amazon, Goodreads, or really any sorta place that takes reviews and ratings of books. Since we put this together ourselves, letting people who might be interested know about it is our biggest challenge at this point, but we’re going to try our damndest.

Thanks so much to all of you who supported the project.