PHOTO: Sugar-Baby Bridge Author Brett Edward Stout Will Give You The Shirt Off His Back

The publishing world has hit hard times. So hard, apparently, that Brett Edward Stout, author of Sugar-Baby Bridge can’t afford shirts anymore.

But seriously, Stout, a former linguist with the Marines and creator of the Gay Marines Facebook page, tells Queerty he realized the best way to get the word out about the book was “to pander a little and post a shirtless picture. ” And hey, it worked. (What? Men are just more visually oriented is all.)

Below a sadly shirted Stout talks a little about Sugar-Baby Bridge and invites questions.