Author Ken Garber's new book funny to the 'right' reader
Ken Garber, a sales director from Hagerstown, has published his second book, "The Funniest Political Emails I Read While My Boss Thought I Was Working." (Photo by Yvette May/Staff Photographer / February 15, 2013)
City in which you reside: Hagerstown
Day job: Sales director for What's NXT
Book title: "The Funniest Political Emails I Read While My Boss Thought I Was Working"
Synopsis of book: This book is a collection of laugh-out-loud stories, jokes and artwork that have been created by everyday folks and distributed through email. This collection — my second book — focuses strictly on the politicians who run our government.
Publisher: www.kengarberbooks.com (self-published through Book Baby)
Price: Special "State of the Union" sale price • $5.99 (reg. price $10.99)
This is your second published collection of emails, right? So you must be rolling in dough by now.
Sure! (Note tone of heavy sarcasm) Luckily I'm a smaller guy, so it's a VERY short roll.
What inspired you to compile funny emails in a book in the first place?
I was a newspaper reporter during the advent of email in the workplace. Most people know I laugh at nearly everything, so I started collecting them over the years. Because email distribution is so fractured, I thought I would put the best-of-the-best emails in a book so others could enjoy them.
This collection is aimed at conservative political readers. There's at least two or three people like that in our area. What sort of reader feedback have you received?
The feedback has been good from those who lean to the right of the political aisle. My friends on the left have "voted with their money," by keeping it in their pocket. I don't blame them, as I wouldn't spend good money on a book called, "Rachel Maddow's Favorite Political Knock-Knock Jokes."
What were your criteria for selecting emails to include in the book?
As a fine connoisseur of good humor, I felt I was able to spot the best. I also had to select the material that was not copywritten, because I hate getting "cease and desist" letters in the mail almost as much as I hate getting bills.
When your co-worker, in her blurb on the back of "The Funniest Political Emails ...", says you "wrote" this book, she's speaking euphemistically. Was there anything in the book you actually wrote?
Having been a journalist, I always correct people when they say "I wrote a book" and say, "No, I published a book." I did have to do a lot of editing and writing of the headlines.