Absent major unexpected developments, the book is due to be published March 2, 2010, or 3/2/10, which strikes me as auspicious.
I hate the need for self promotion, and I hope reader will take this sort of thing in stride. But if I don’t do it, only my publisher will. Actually, Palgrave is treating this as an important trade press title of theirs, and they do take marketing seriously.
One reader asked when it will be available for pre-order on Amazon. I have no idea, but I will most assuredly let you know as soon as I know.
It also turns out that the physical nature of the process means that books are shipped and in many stores before the official pub date, which is set so as not to put smaller stores at a disadvantage. That means you may see it out on display in some places before the official release date. Similarly, on occasion I have seen books sold on Amazon before the official pub date. So despite having an official date, it seems unless you are J.K, Rowling, books dribble out into distribution and start to on offer around the official release date.
The subtile isn’t final, and I worry that the “free markets” bit, while catchy, implies that the criticisms the book makes are narrower than they are. I also (not surprisingly) take on financial economics, which my economist buddies see as part of the free markets canon (common assumptions about behavior) but a lot of laypeople do not (i.e., many professionals who use models and concepts based on finance theory are apolitical or not necessarily “free markets” adherents).
Regardless, the choices steer clear of what reader Richard Smith depicted as Straggle: How Publishers Blunt The Impact Of A Snappy Title By Trying To Crowbar Quite A Detailed Synopsis Into The Subtitle, Possibly In The Hope That Somehow The Whole Sorry Thing Will Get Read Out On Air, Ideally At The End Of The Book-Plugging Slot.