Writer Capitalizes On 70’s Craze To Publish First Book

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For all the fans of Â?That 70Â?s Show,Â? thereÂ?s a new place to get your 70Â?s fix. If you take the coming-of-age exploration of Â?American GraffitiÂ?, combine it with the hi-jinx of Â?Animal HouseÂ?, dose it liberally with the drug and alcohol craziness of Â?Fear and Loathing in Las VegasÂ?, and then set it at Penthouse magazineÂ?s #3 party school of 1974, youÂ?d have a good feel for Minneapolis author Bob WayneÂ?s new book, Troutman Penthouse 1975.

Written with the grittiness of Ben Hamper’s “Rivethead” and the blunt style of Chuck Palahniuk, the book takes place during Wayne’s first attempt at college at Central Michigan University in 1975. While there’s no doubt that Wayne got an ‘education’ at Central, it certainly wasn’t the kind they give degrees for.

Prompted by the popularity of “That 70’s Show,” Wayne managed to write his new book Troutman Penthouse 1975 (Bob Wayne, July 2005, ISBN: 1-59113-766-7, Price: $16.95 paperback or $6.96 ebook) as he progressed towards his writing degree at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minnesota on his second attempt at college. Graduating in April 2002, Wayne polished the book through the writers group he started while enrolled at Metro, The Wild Writers.

Wayne published through Print-On-Demand (POD) publisher Booklocker.com so that he could retain all rights, and marketing control over his book. When asked what has been the toughest part of self-publishing, Wayne replied, “Writing a book is easy. That comes from the heart. Marketing a book is hell because that has to come from the head. Who’s your market? How do you connect to them when your book isn’t on bookstore shelves? How do you get them to part with their hard-earned cash? And without a publisher to foot the bill, guess who pays for publicity?”

The book is the story of a very naïve seventeen year old Wayne who finds himself on the top floor (hence 'Penthouse') of a coed dorm on the campus of Central Michigan University, stuffed to the roof with nothing but ‘first time away from home’ freshmen and farm girls. The freshman dorm, affectionately referred to as ‘The Zoo’, was the launching pad for keggers, streaking, road trips, witnessing the first KISS tour, sexual exploration, disco decadence, attending the legendary Hash Bash, and…cracking jokes at an autopsy. The book is available online at http://www.troutmanpenthouse.com, Amazon.com, or BarnesandNoble.com.

For more information visit http://www.troutmanpenthouse.com.

Bob Wayne is available for media interviews on the topic of college life in the Seventies, the perils of POD publishing, and his new book Troutman Penthouse 1975. To request a review copy or to schedule an interview, please contact Bob Wayne at 612.302.7675.


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