Back in August, we interviewed Daniel Miller, President of the Texas Nationalist Movement, about his new multi-book deal with Defiance Press & Publishing, LLC. Now, his book, Texit: Why and How Texas Will Leave The Union, is finished, currently taking pre-orders, and in the process generating a lot of buzz in the publishing world for its hit-potential. With the April release date closing fast, I thought we’d take another look at our original interview with Daniel, to get a new glimpse at what we can expect from Miller’s latest work.
What can you tell us about your new book deal with Defiance Press & Publishing?
I’m looking forward to working with Defiance Press on the re-release of Line In The Sand and the new book as well. Defiance just signed a major distribution deal which means that both books [Texit and LITS] plus any of the other books that are in the works will reach a much larger audience.
Line In The Sand, seemed a very complete look at the subject of Texas independence. So, what’s Texit going to feature that Line didn’t?
Line In The Sand was an introduction to Texas Nationalism as a concept and was really geared toward helping supporters of Texas independence develop a great understanding of the concept and how it, in a general sense, should impact their actions. It articulated a worldview.
Texit is different. It is the nuts and bolts of Texas independence and, though Texas-focused, is meant to make the idea of Texit accessible to anyone. In it I explain what Texit is, how it has impacted the political process, and get into some fundamentals about Texas relationship with the union. But I also take it further by shooting down some of the most common arguments against Texit, showing a clear path for how it can happen, and what Texas could look like in the aftermath of an exit from the union.
Can you give us an example of an interesting fact or trend that you uncovered in your research for Texit, relating to Texas Independence?
Through the process of working on the book I have realized three inescapable facts: the situation is worse than we thought, the transition out of the union will be easier than we thought, and the opposition arguments to Texit are extremely weak.
I reference a study that was released in 2013 that showed the impact of the accumulation of Federal regulations since 1949. With those regulations, the median household income at the time was $53,000. Without those regulations, the median household income would have been $330,000.
As you mentioned, Line In The Sand will also get a re-release through your new publisher. What can you tell us about that project?
When Line In The Sand was first released, it was done on a very short timetable and was self-published under the Texas National Press imprint. Revisiting LITS has been on the radar for years, but as the TNM has grown the time constraints have pushed it down the list. With the re-release on the calendar through Defiance, there is an opportunity to update and expand the content. The new content will extend the discussion about Texas Nationalism and deal with some practical aspects of living as a Texas Nationalist.
Texit: Why and How Texas Will Leave The Union is now available for pre-order on sites like Amazon.com, in both physical and digital form. The official release will happen on April 21, which will include a brick-and-mortar bookstore release, available in hard or soft cover. The new edition of Line In The Sand will be available later this year and will also be for sale at your local bookstore and for on-line purchase.