Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Pay What You Want Site is LIVE!

So now the big day is here! Our PWYW site is up and running!

What's PWYW? That's short for either (depends who you ask) for Pay What You Want or Pay Want You Wish.

Either way, what it means is a brand new model of selling. Here's how it works. You have some service or product you wish to offer the world. It could be something physical and tangible. Or, more likely, it is something digital, like an e-book, or a piece of music, or even a movie.

Rather than set a fixed price, you put it out into the world for free. Anyone who wants it can download it. But, then, you ask the buyer to consider contributing to the artist's well being.

In other words, you let the buyer decide how much a product is worth to them. It might be nothing. Or, it might be $5. Or it might be $500. Whatever. It is entirely up to the consumer.

And that's what we're going to do on our new PWYW page. The e-books and other products on that site will be available for download on a PWYW-basis. You can get them, download them, and then pay exactly what you feel they were worth to you!

Again, that might be $0. Or it might be much more. It is up to you.

Oh, don't get us wrong. We'll always be selling products at fixed prices on Amazon and our regular webpage. But on our PWYW-site, it will be pay what you want or nothing.

Except we hope it won't be nothing  : -)

So, head on over to the new PWYW-site. Check it out! And come back often. We'll be getting in more content soon.

And seriously, if you do like something you see there, please consider slipping the creator a little cash. Think of it as buying a friend a soda on a hot day.

And, in the process, you'll be supporting the arts.

For which we will be eternally grateful.

Da site:

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Stay tuned...big things happening

Like it says, stay tuned. We've got major developments under way.

Wanna hint?


Can you say "PWYW?"

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A message for the good folks at PayPal

Hello, Paypal!

Can I offer a suggestion for a product? I think it would be great if you had a Pay-What-You-Want (PWYW) button.

I run a teeny-tiny little e-book publishing company, Belfort and Bastion. We've started a new project where-by we offer our customers the ability to pay what they wish for any particular work.

It sounds like a sure fire road to ruin, but strangely enough, it does seem to work. At least about 50% of the time people do pay a little something.

I've rigged up a quick and dirty PWYW button on my own, but is it is very quick and very dirty. I'd love it if I could just download a PWYW button from PayPal.

It seems like it would be easy enough to do. Basically, it would be a minor modification of your existing "Donate" button.

Well, anyway, that's my idea. I'm sure other people have suggested it, but I figure that if I add my voices to those who propose it, y'all might get interested.

Michael Jay Tucker

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Our freebie e-book blowout continues

We're stilling giving away tons of free e-books!

On Wednesday,  July 16, and for one day only, Jerry McMurry's fascinating collection of prose sketches, Ice Cream Counter, will be FREE for the download from Amazon. It is a fun, insightful, and humane work that everyone will enjoy. Do be sure to download it.

It is here:

Also, on going until July 18, Robert Folkner's reworking of the Faust tale, Something For Everything, is FREE on Amazon. So give this one a look. It is a highly inventive and disturbing exploration of human nature.

It is here:

Plus, don't forget, W.L. Kasperek's debut collection of poetry, Lucky Pennies, will be FREE from July 18 until July 22. Well worth the read.

It is here:

And, finally, if you are a day trader, you'll want this one. Richard Arms book on his new technique of charting, Arms Candlevolume, will be FREE on July 19 and July 20. This one could be important to the Wall Street pro.

It is here:

Monday, July 14, 2014

And what's free this week—Lucky Pennies!

And we've got more free for you this week. For a start, there's Lucky Pennies, the poetry of W. L. Kasperek.

Ms. Kasperek's works a welcome relief from the rather depressing poetry that is the norm these days. She brings us poems that are by turns vivid, intense, funny, sad, profound and enormously compassionate. She masterfully explores the human condition in the strange new age of our lives today.

So check out this remarkable little collection. It will FREE from July 18 to July 22, 2014. Just head over to Amazon and download from here:

Friday, July 11, 2014

Free on Amazon this week: Something For Everything

So what Belfort & Bastion e-book will be free this coming week? We've got a scary one for ya.

On July 14 and running through July 18, 2014, (that's Pacific time) Robert L. Folkner's Something For Everything will be available for free. This is a fascinating (if somewhat terrifying) retelling of the Faust tale from the perspective of an American teenager in our grim, post-industrial world.

Be sure to download! Just go to:

And ask yourself, what would you give up to have everything you always wanted?


Every 90 days, allows its authors and publishers to give away their e-books for periods ranging from a day to five days. Belfort and Bastion, and you, can take advantage of that fact.

We'll be offering selected e-books for $0 at certain pre-determined periods from now on. So, check back here frequently to see what's on offer at no cost!

We're looking forward to sharing with you.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Stay tuned!

So that's our two new authors!

But stay tuned. There's a great deal more to come—both about Messrs. Arms and McMurry, and about B&B!

Until next time, keep reading!

The Stock Market Wizard, and our first foray into hardcopy!

Our next new author is Richard (Dick) Arms.

If you have any experience with the stock market, you probably already know Dick. He's the man who invented the Equivolume system of investment charting and developed the TRIN index.

But he's not done yet! This year, he introduced something completely different, "Arms Candlevolume," a radically new way of looking at price and volume.

The Arms Candlevolume charting technique is almost certain to do as much to revolutionize the technician's craft as Equivolume Charting did, and maybe far more. Arms Candlevolume charts combine the best attributes of Bar Charts, Equivolume Charts and Candlesticks, while providing new and powerful functionality in the process.

And, Mr. Arms has written a short and highly readable book that details the use of Arms Candlevolume charts. The book will be invaluable to both the stock market professional and the sophisticated individual investor.

The book is already available in electronic form on Amazon. But, we've also recently branched out into hardcopy. You can get a printed edition of Arms Candlevolume from our webpage here.

But hurry! Supplies are limited.

Meet Jerry James McMurry!

Jerry's one of our newest authors. He tells us that he was born in 1934, in Stillwater Oklahoma, though he adds he was raised mainly on the North side of Chicago. After a number of adventures (including a bout of polio!) he became an engineer and worked for a variety of companies and government agencies in Illinois and California. Though his work has included everything from the development of advanced radars to space-based weapons systems, he says the most fun he's had professionally was working on an "Automatic Mini Rhizotron (a "rhizotron" is a name given by botanists to any device that allows them to view plant roots as they're growing in the soil.)

He brings us two new works. The first of these is The Ice Cream Counter. This is a collection of remarkable little essay/short stories/prose poems in which he explores life from the vantage of a traditional ice cream counter, the kind you find (or used to find) in most drug stores. He used to work in one, he notes, specifically D. B. Dunbar's Drugstore on Chicago's North side.

His ice cream vignettes are fascinating slices of life. In them we meet men and women, some quite remarkable, some quite ordinary. Or, as Jerry seems to hint, maybe the mundane and the amazing are somehow very much alike, with the judgment about which is which left up to the viewer.

His second work is actually the beginning of a series for young adults. Gwendolyn is the first chapter of what we hope will be a long and fabulous series involving the titular character, or, as she calls herself "Gwen."

Gwen thinks she's a pretty ordinary person. She's a high school student. She does well enough in her classes to keep the authorities off her back. She is reasonably popular. Basically, she thinks, she is just like anyone else.

Except…she isn't.

She has, she learns, "a falcon's eyes."

And this will make all the difference in the world.

Good news. Bad News. (But mostly good.)

We've been very, very busy lately. (That's why it has been so long since our last update of this blog. Sorry!)

But, now that the hubbub is dying down to a dull riot, we've got both the proverbial good news and bad news.

Let's do the bad news first and get it out of the way. One of our favorite authors, Tristan Gans, has decided to leave Belfort & Bastion—at least for the moment. He feels he needs to pursue some new opportunities that have suddenly appeared. We can understand that. We don't have to like it, but we understand it.

So, best of luck, Tristan!

Now, let's do the Good News.

We have two new authors and several new books to talk about.

We'll take them one at a time in the next two postings. But, briefly, we've gained the company of essayist and fabulist Jerry James McMurry, and stock market wizard Richard ("Dick") Arms.

We've also done our first hardcopy book!

So, once again, let's take them one at a time.

Happy 4th!

Or, to put it another way, happy birthday America!