The High Road: Chapter 20

October 8th, 2010

This week, Chapter 20, the final chapter in The High Road, courtesy of McClelland & Stewart. In this last chapter, Angus and Daniel, and all Canadians, learn what is in the federal budget.

My sincere thanks for all the support for this podcast. If you enjoyed the podcast, please consider buying a copy of the book: The High Road at Amazon or at Chapters-Indigo, or of course at your favourite independent book store.

The music that opens and closes each episode is Game Day, by Jon Schmidt, and is available at Music Alley. The voiceover at the beginning belongs to my friend, Roger Dey.

The High Road: Chapter 19

October 1st, 2010

This week, Chapter 19, courtesy of McClelland & Stewart. In this episode, Angus and Daniel take their message to the Cabinet table, and then “go public” with their final report, much to Bradley Stanton’s rage.

The music that opens each episode of the podcast is Game Day, by Jon Schmidt, and is available at Music Alley. The voiceover at the beginning belongs to my friend, Roger Dey.

The High Road: Chapter 18

September 25th, 2010

This week, Chapter 18, courtesy of McClelland & Stewart. In this episode, Angus takes his case to the Liberal Caucus, then the Governor General reads the Speech from the Throne.

The music that opens each episode of the podcast is Game Day, by Jon Schmidt, and is available at Music Alley. The voiceover at the beginning belongs to my friend, Roger Dey.

The High Road: Chapter 17

September 17th, 2010

This week Chapter 17, courtesy of McClelland & Stewart as Angus and Daniel host the most powerful couple in the world. Things don’t quite unfold exactly as planned… but what else is new?

The music that opens each episode is Game Day, by Jon Schmidt, and is available through Music Alley. The voiceover at the beginning is my friend, Roger Dey.

The High Road: Chapter 16

September 10th, 2010

This week, Chapter 16, courtesy of McClelland & Stewart. In this episode, Daniel and Angus inflame the Prime Minister’s Office and get ready to go it alone with their bridge report. And Daniel skates his way into a confrontation with the Secret Service.

The music that opens each episode of this podcast is Game Day, by Jon Schmidt, and is available at Music Alley. The voiceover at the beginning belongs to my friend, Roger Dey.

Let’s prove the theory that a podcast sells books!

September 7th, 2010

I was thrilled and grateful when McClelland & Stewart allowed me to podcast The High Road, in its entirety, chapter-by-chapter, for free. The wonderful digital team at M&S made a strong case for the podcast, and it worked. I’m very thankful. But giving it away for free as a podcast is a difficult notion for some. I believe strongly in the theory that listeners who really enjoy the podcast will want to purchase the book. It makes sense to me and it seemed to work with my first novel, The Best Laid Plans, which I also podcast. But let’s be clear, it’s still just a theory, and The High Road podcast is the experiment that I hope will prove it. But that’s really up to all of you who have been listening to, and I hope enjoying, the podcast. And now is the time to step up and justify McClelland & Stewart’s decision to podcast the novel for free, so that I might be allowed to follow the same path with novel number three, whenever it’s finished.

So while I have always preached that social media is not really an appropriate platform for hardcore selling, I’m going to cross the line this once, but I think all for a good cause. If you want to have a hand in reshaping the approach traditional publishers like McClelland & Stewart have historically adopted, please take a second to buy The High Road. Here are Amazon and Indigo links, and you’ll also find links in the left hand side bar.

If we can show that the podcast helped to drive early sales, M&S will be more likely to consider podasting to be an effective way to promote new titles. As always, thanks for all the support. The High Road hits bookstores today (September 7th), so now is the perfect time to place that order. Besides, the holiday season is just around the corner. Thank you all, I’m grateful…

Update: It seems I’m not the only one with this idea. Check out this wonderful post by Mark Leslie, the writer and forward-looking bookseller at Titles, McMaster University‘s great bookstore.

The High Road: Chapter 15

September 3rd, 2010

This week, Chapter 15, courtesy of McClelland & Stewart. In this episode, Angus and Daniel put the finishing touches on their bridge report, and spend some time with the U.S. Secret Service. Sounds like fun.

The music that opens each episode is Game Day, by Jon Schmidt, and is available at Music Alley. The voiceover at the beginning belongs to my friend, Roger Dey.

The High Road: Chapter 14

August 27th, 2010

This week, Chapter 14, courtesy of McClelland & Stewart. In this episode, Angus tangles with the new Finance Minister, while Daniel attends a clandestine meeting with Bradley Stanton. Things start to heat up as the Throne Speech and Budget draw nearer.

The music that opens each episode of the podcast is Game Day, by Jon Schmidt, and is available at Music Alley. The voiceover at the beginning belongs to my friend, Roger Dey.

The High Road: Chapter 13

August 20th, 2010

This week, Chapter 13, courtesy of McClelland & Stewart. In this episode, Angus and Daniel pull out all the stops to determine why the  Alexandra Bridge suddenly fell into the Ottawa River. They meet with the Deputy Minister of Infrastructure Canada, and the new Liberal Prime Minister appoints his Cabinet.

The music that opens each episode of the podcast is Game Day, by Jon Schmidt, and is available at Music Alley. The voiceover at the beginning belongs to my friend, Roger Dey.

The High Road Podcast: Chapter 12

August 13th, 2010

This week, Chapter 12, courtesy of McClelland & Stewart. In this episode, Angus and Daniel hover up the frozen Ottawa River to examine the collapsed Alexandra Bridge, while the newly-elected Liberal Prime Minister and his Chief of Staff hatch a plan to keep Angus occupied and out of trouble.

The music that opens each episode of this podcast is Game Day, by Jon Schmidt, and is available through Music Alley. The voiceover at the beginning of each chapter belongs to my good friend, Roger Dey.