When I wrote "Authoritarianism & Propaganda: The Puppet Master Tools," I wanted to create a different type of book. In other words, have the freedom to write something in my own unique style. That is why in the end I decided to self-publish. The more I researched the publishing process the more I realized that for this project in particular there was a potential (likely unintentional) that my words could be taken out of context or editorialized under somebody else's constraints, or their perception of what I am actually trying to convey. Afterall, my mind is a scary place, and it would take a lot longer to explain to somebody else what and how I am trying to communicate, and why it is written in the way I've chosen. Hence, I chose to self-publish.
The writing style for this book is meant to pull the reader in a bunch of directions, much like a bicycle wheel spoke point away from each other. On purpose, some of my writing in this book is meant to be read a few times over. There are "easter eggs" and symbolism incorporated all over the place. The same is true on any artistic piece I create. There is always more than what meets the eye. The way I frame things will create a different response for each reader or witness to my art. It is meant to be that way.
At the end of the day, this book or any other endeavor takes a team effort. In my case, I want to give a special acknowledgment to my wife Alicia. Not only did she create the background for this book cover based on the context of the book, she was also my primary "beta-reader." When I wrote my first manuscript Alicia offered to be my "editor" and I had a feeling she would change her mind. She did.