Adventures in Self-Publishing: Jerk Edition

Reading at Black Cat Books, Lennoxville, Quebec. Photo/Eric Cote

I realized this summer that if I were to be true to my established publication intervals — You’re Not Going to Eat That, Are You? (2010), Don’t Everyone Jump At Once (2013), A Hole in the Ground (2016) — I should get something in print for 2019.

And so, over the next few months, I compiled, laid out and printed my latest collection of works, entitled A Jerk in Progress because it’s a good pun and also what I am. Aren’t we all. Let’s be honest.

The collection includes about 80 short humour pieces that first appeared in The Sherbrooke Record (and then many of them here) or on air with CBC Radio’s Quebec City afternoon program “Breakaway.” There are also pieces from the now-defunct website and magazine Life in Quebec. Over the period this collection covers (roughly 2011 through 2015), that gave me about 400 pieces to choose from. So 80 out of 400: that’s a lousy batting average. On the other hand, I can assure you that this collection is 100%-guaranteed not terrible!

In fact, I feel these are some of the best pieces I’ve written over the many years I’ve been writing humour. (In The Record alone, since 2004, I recently learned I’ve written 784 columns!) I was in the middle of a very prolific period, and things seemed to be firing on all cylinders. I was writing a weekly column, a CBC piece every two weeks, LIQ once a month or so, and I even found time in there to write a novel! Not to brag, but, God, I miss my 40s!

Sunday afternoon, I launched A Jerk at Black Cat Books in Lennoxville with some lovely fans and a collection of sweets. Books, fans, sweets! Who can ask for anything better? The multi-talented Eric Côté captured the event in the above photo, with more on his site.

But, as I’ve said before, self-publishing is easy; selling is hard.

And so to business: If you order directly through me, I’ll ship you a signed copy for (in Canada) $20.00+ $5.75 shipping; (in USA) $15+ $8.25 postage & shipping. I’m prepared for PayPal or e-transfer and creative transactional ideas.

If you prefer paying by credit card, you can give Amazon a bit of our money either at or

Local folks can find it at Black Cat Books, Brome Lake Books (mystery author Louise Penny’s favourite bookstore) and Townshippers’ Association.

Finally, I need a crown on my molar; I’m hoping this book will cover the deductible. Surely you understand.

– Ross

About rossmurray1

I'm Canadian so I pronounce it "Aboot." No, I don't! I don't know any Canadian who says "aboot." Damnable lies! But I do know this Canadian is all about humour (with a U) and satire. Come by. I don't bite, or as we Canadians say, "beet."
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16 Responses to Adventures in Self-Publishing: Jerk Edition

  1. Congrats on the publication!

  2. pinklightsabre says:

    We really are middle aged now. Crowns on molars. I guess I took for granted your prolificness. Those are some amazing numbers. And good on you for keeping up the 3 year cycle. They seem to shorten oddly, though the number remains the same.

  3. Claudette says:

    This whole thing seems a little bit Stuart McLean-ish…(I loved his Vinyl Cafe series, and I miss him). That’s great on the publications! I’m gonna have to go check you out. You may even get a notice in paypal at some point from me (but I gotta wait till I finish dog walking before I have cash). :p

    • rossmurray1 says:

      I got that comment yesterday, about Stuart. But he was one of a kind. (Interesting to read him rather than hear him. His sentences are mostly short, declarative, which makes him more appealing to listen to than actually read, in my opinion.)

  4. beth says:

    I love that it’s ‘jerk in progress.’ can’t even make the full claim to fame of total jerkhood. ))

  5. amandahoving says:

    100%-guaranteed not terrible? SOLD!!! Congratulations!

  6. I’ve been away…and missed all the excitement! Congratulations!

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