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My First Book Is Going Out of Print And That’s A Good Thing

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It was 2006. I wrote a book about all the mistakes of my 20s. It was fun to research, write, and release. I had dozens of conversations with people I might never have met otherwise. At one point, I even had a meeting with a producer from Hollywood about making a Ruin Your Life movie.

Ruin Your Life is meant to be a humorous manual of bad but not hurtful behavior. For the most part I think it still succeeds in that.  But there are portions of the book that I find myself unable to defend. Initially I thought this would mean cutting the objectionable parts and reissuing it, but I think cutting parts out of Ruin Your Life runs contrary to the spirit of the book. So I think the responsible thing for me to do at this point is stop publishing it. I have contacted my publisher to have the book be taken out of circulation. It will be out of print and I doubt I will be putting it back in print.

Ruin Your Life had a good run. It sold hundreds of physical copies and thousands of digital copies. I’m happy for the experiences that happened as a result of that book and apologize to anyone who was hurt by anything I said in the book. As always, the reason I portrayed things one way or another was I thought it would be funny. No harm was meant.

For anyone still wanting to get a copy, it is still available on Amazon as I write this. By this time next week it definitely will not be and it could be gone any time between now and then.

Thank you, everyone for your support. Rest assured that my next book, a novel will be out by this time next year at the absolute latest.
– Jack Cameron

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The Return of Ruin Your Life

FrontCoverSeven years ago I published Ruin Your Life. I called it my ‘self-destruct book’. What had started as a series of articles on a long defunct website had become a guidebook to doing all the wrong things the right way. My mother bought ten copies and handed it out to friends. My father read it and the following week, politely asked that I remove his copy from his home. My friends bought copies. Four separate friends who I’d never known to own books told me it wasn’t only the first book they’d ever owned, it was the first book they’d ever finished. People bought copies and gave them as gifts. My employer at the time chose to buy a copy for every employee of the company. Most enjoyed it, some quietly placed copies on my desk. At one point I even met with a producer about optioning Ruin Your Life for a movie.

Ruin Your Life is a book that it seems is either loved or reviled. I’ve heard from people who just open to random chapters and read when they’re bored. I’ve also heard from people who think I’m a terrible human being for writing any of it.

A few years ago I let the paperback edition of Ruin Your Life go out of print. I felt that it had run its course and that as long as the digital copy was still available those who hadn’t had the chance to purchase it could still enjoy it.

And then I got a call from an old friend. He was starting up a new publishing endeavor and wanted to know if I wanted to bring back Ruin Your Life to include in his catalog. This coincided with a handful of others asking if I had any spare paperback copies available. (I don’t.) Still, I wasn’t sure it was a good idea.

I thought about whether or not I wanted to add some new chapters or something, but the truth is I didn’t have anything more to say on that particular topic. Ruin Your Life has chapters about lying, cheating, buying drugs, talking to cops, having affairs, and driving like a maniac among other things. The chapters missing from the book are chapters that simply weren’t good enough to include them.

I buy a lot of DVDs and I’m not a fan of when studios double-dip and come out with some new edition that has all this extra stuff. I already spent the money the first time around. The changes I’ve made to Ruin Your Life are mostly cosmetic ones. If you already have a paperback copy of Ruin Your Life, I’ll be the first to tell you that there’s no reason to buy this new edition.

That said, if you don’t have a paperback copy or you do but want to give one to a friend. You should let me know right now. I’m publishing an new edition of Ruin Your Life and for you viewers of my website, I’ll sign copies and send them to you myself at less than you can buy the paperback when it’s available on Amazon.com.

So if you’re looking for a signed copy of the new paperback edition of Ruin Your Life click the button below.

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For more excerpts, memes, and other related fun, go to the official Ruin Your Life Facebook Page: http://facebook.com/ruinyourlifebook

–          Jack Cameron

Book Signing Event

I’m doing a book signing at Comic Book Ink today for Ruin Your Life. I’ll be there from 2pm-5pm.

This is the first time I’ve done a book signing and to say I’m excited is an understatement. Comic Book Ink is one of the best comic shops I’ve ever been to. Signing there means a lot to me.

On top of that, it give locals a chance to meet me and buy my book. I’m still selling it for five bucks. Like I said before, Ruin Your Life was never about making money. Just having some fun and sharing my thoughts.

If you’re in the area, you won’t want to miss this. I’m not the only attraction. Here’s the full press release.

HOMEGROWN HEROES
Signing
SATURDAY
JUNE 19th, 2010
2:00pm – 6:00pm
at
COMIC BOOK INK
Tacoma, Washington

BEN MISENAR
HEROCLIX & MONSTERPOCALYPSE Sculptor
–and–
MARK MONLUX
ARTIST / WRITER of “Seldom Seen Films”
–and–
JAMES STOWE
ARTIST / WRITER of “Daddy’s Nut Shot of the Day” &
ARTIST Dockyard Derby Dames Posters
–and–
8 MEMBERS of the “DOCKYARD DERBY DAMES”
Roller Girls
–and–
MARK YOUNGMARK
ARTIST / WRITER of “Zombocalypse Now”
–and–
JACK CAMERON
WRITER of “Ruin Your Life”
–and–
STARS of the DEAD GENTLEMEN Movies
“The Gamers” / “The Gamers: Dorkness Rising”
“Dead Camper Lake 1 & 2”
The BRAND NEW WEBSERIES “JourneyQuest” debuting THIS JULY

Ruin Your Life….FOR FIVE BUCKS!

For the month of December I’m offering my first book, Ruin Your Life for $5.00. That’s half the cover price. I promise you this is the lowest price you’ll ever see it.

All you pay is $5.00 plus shipping.  If you’re looking to buy more than one copy, email me at jackcameronis@hotmail.com and I’ll get you a deal on the shipping.

If you’re wondering if Ruin Your Life is the sort of book you want to own or give as a gift, click the Ruin Your Life tab above and you can download a .pdf of the book for FREE.

– Jack Cameron

The Ruin Your Life Post Game Show Part 1

Last year I published my first book. Since I’d never done that before, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to be taking a look at the making and aftermath of my book, Ruin Your Life.

 

I’m going to start by talking about the response to the book.

 

Part 1 Feedback

 

When I published Ruin Your Life, my main hope wasn’t to make a bunch of money. It was to get a reaction. In that regard, I was very successful.

 

My mom thought it was great and bought copies for all her friends, but she’s my mom. Of course she liked it. My dad read some of it and decided he couldn’t have a book like that in his home. This is just one of the things that happens when you have a born again Christian father and a lesbian mother. Family of course is no test for this sort of thing though. They’re going to behave how they always have.

 

Friends aren’t much better in that regard. Most friends told me they loved it, even if some of them probably didn’t read it. All friends told me they’d buy a copy and those who haven’t to this day will still say they’re going to buy a copy. But really, these are friends. If they buy a copy of my book or not, they’re still friends. And I know they’re not going to tell me my book sucks.

 

And then the president of the company I work for decided to buy a copy of the book for every employee there. This was fantastic, except that now everyone I worked with would be reading my thoughts about getting drunk, doing drugs, and fucking the wrong women. This isn’t exactly information you usually want your supervisors to have. At the same time though, this was good in that it put the book in the hands of people who know me but might not like me. In other words, people who would tell me the truth.

 

The feedback I received was interesting. For one, I’ve apparently written a book that people like to pick up and read random chapters of. One coworker read it to her boyfriend while they were on a road trip. For another, people seemed to really enjoy reading the book. One of my wife’s coworkers sent it to her brother in prison. She told me he said, “I now know where I went wrong.”

 

The thing that surprised me the most was the amount of people who responded to my book by telling me how much they enjoyed it and that they had never finished a book before. I heard this from no less than five people. It seems I’ve written a book for people who don’t like books. It’s at this point that I’m glad I wasn’t banking my retirement on this book because from a marketing standpoint, I’m not sure how to sell that one. I mean it’s hard for bookstores to sell to people who don’t go to bookstores.

 

I was approached by a production company to turn Ruin Your Life into a movie, but I just didn’t see it as a movie and the production company seemed a little shady. They wanted a piece of the book profits and since they had nothing to do with making the book, I couldn’t imagine why I would do that.

 

While I’m satisfied with how Ruin Your Life turned out, I’m still convinced that the book has more legs than it has shown so far. That’s one of the reasons I’m lowering the cover price and planning a few other things.

 

I’m all out of the signed and numbered editions, but I’m still selling copies of the book. If you’re interested in buying a copy, click the Ruin Your Life tab above.

 

And if you’ve already read Ruin Your Life and want to let me know what you think, don’t hesitate to write me at jack@jackcameron.com.

 

Thanks for reading.

-Jack

The Next Thing.

I am convinced that my greatest masterpieces have been destroyed by the backspace button. I will write and rewrite and rewrite using my backspace button to obliterate a sentence just because I don’t know what the next sentence is. I’m good with storytelling. I understand character and structure on a level that no one else I know can even understand. The problem is where to start. As painter Jackson Pollack said, “I must apply the first stroke of paint. After that, I insist that the canvas do at least half of the work.” It’s that first stroke that’s the bitch of the bunch. 

So I have a story I want to tell, but I don’t know if it’s one story or three stories or both. I don’t know. I’m good with a lot of things, but really I’m guessing my ass off on all of it. It’s a lot like life. You have information and you use that information to make the best choice possible. There are a handful of rules. All of which can be broken. One of the more important ones is that an audience will forgive a bad beginning but never a bad ending. Another is that when in doubt, you can take your character and put him/her in the last place that character wants to be and the story will tell itself.  

Anyway, my problem right now is that I can’t see my way into the next project I want to work on. And there’s still this part of me wondering if I should avoid another project until I get Ruin Your Life to a better and more profitable spot. Or maybe I should work on getting one of my screenplays made into a movie. But as always, the next idea keeps itching at me.  I don’t know what to do. I’m somewhat used to that feeling. It used to be that I when I didn’t know what to do, I would do the ‘bad thing’. Because it is always easy to see what the mistake would be. What you should not do is always right in front of your face.

This is why I wrote Ruin Your Life. I figured I might as well write it all down if I was going to make the big mistakes.  And now, where am I? I’m exactly where I probably should have been ten years ago if I didn’t have this nasty habit of totally fucking up my life. I love where my life is right now. It’s truly amazing. A great wife, a good job, and I’ve published a book. Not bad.  

I’m 33. I don’t know what the next step is, but I know another step needs to be made. And I can see the wrong step right in front of me. I can see exactly what would be the bad choice, but I can’t do that because I actually don’t want to lose what I have. Maybe I’ve finally grown up. I don’t know.

-Jack

Big Changes at jackcameron.com

Over the next few days, I’ll be making some significant changes to the site. This main page will be less Ruin Your Life-centric. Instead there will be all new original content here.

Don’t worry though, Ruin Your Life will still be available through the Ruin Your Life tab above. You can read the entire book online for free, download the .pdf for free, or buy the book.

Since I’m now working on other projects, I want this site to reflect that.

In the words of Bob Dylan, “Things should start to get interesting right about now.”

-Jack