So I'm throwing the ball for my dog at a sunny beach here in Santa Barbara, CA, typing on my iPad, listening to a pirated lecture by the great indie author, Gary D. Schmidt. This dude has sold a LOT OF EBOOKS: over 400,000 last year.
Now, Schmidt is saying (through my Bose headphones) that he has a Google alert set when people mention his name on the Internet . . . So, Gary, are you out there? Can you hear me?