A HOLIDAY THANK-YOU Blog
First the personal things for which I am thankful: decent health, a loving wife, a lovely daughter and granddaughter, a talented son-in-law, three remarkable sisters, impressive in-laws and loyal friends.
But this is my author newsletter, so let’s focus on what I am thankful for in that world. I am truly indebted to the people at BQB Publishing for bringing my book to print and teaching me far more than I even imagined about marketing my book.
Thank you, Terri Leidich and Julie Bromley, for your overall leadership from the world of BQB Publishing. Thank you, Caleb Guard, for the attention to detail in the editing, and thank you John Daly for the social media sharing.
IndieBound Paperback: https://bit.ly/3bGrzYH
Amazon US eBook: https://amzn.to/2ztZtlj
Amazon US Paperback: https://amzn.to/3eUJz3B
Amazon UK eBook: https://amzn.to/2Y5gEUH
Amazon UK Paperback: https://amzn.to/2KB4fQw
iBooks US eBook: https://apple.co/3l1wNmK
iBooks UK eBook - https://apple.co/32hd1w1
Barnes and Noble eBook: https://bit.ly/3bECB0L
Barnes and Noble Paperback: https://bit.ly/3aFRkHr
Rakuten Kobo US eBook: https://bit.ly/350MmVW
Rakuten Kobo UK eBook: https://bit.ly/2TVraKN
158 Books: https://bit.ly/2YhWO8X
The Audiobook is available now!
Amazon - https://amzn.to/37oLPOS
Audible - http://adbl.co/38giQMF
iTunes link coming soon
Genuine thanks also to Suzanne and Dave Lucy, owners of page158books, for hosting me for my book launch last Saturday. The event is on YouTube at:
I’m happily retired from gainful employment other than being an author. I’d love to build an online community of readers and writers who routinely share ideas, reviews, and so on.
Stay safe and well.
Thinking Again About “The Pitch”
Your book may sit on a shelf in a book store or be presented to the world in print or electronic media. You may be face to face with potential readers who require some convincing to buy it. Either way, you have from seconds to a few short minutes to make an impression.
What if your book is about more than just “one thing?” The book cover can suggest only so much. The back-cover copy, and comments of praise just inside, says more, but this assumes the potential customer spends the time for a thoughtful examination.
Even the infamous and so-called “elevator pitch,” the brief, face to face, three-minute opportunity to convince the skeptical, still relies on that first sentence to convince the listener that you have something to say.
I’ve made it difficult for myself by writing a book that is a complex mix of people and stories. The cover screams basketball and sports betting, and it is about that. But it’s more. It’s a deep dive into the lives of diverse characters who struggle with the consequences—and the meaning—of winning and losing.
Make it even more complicated by featuring complex women as some of the lead characters. Can a man actually write convincingly about women? (I did grow up with three sisters who all still speak to me. And I’ve had three wives, the last of whom appears to be keeping me.)
Finally, the book has no sex or romance, and virtually no violence. How can that work?
I am undeterred. Connect virtually with me tomorrow, December 12th at 3PM. Here’s the link https://www.crowdcast.io/e/billion-dollar-bracket/register
I read. I write. I learn. I’m in a writing group and I have four published books. I’m still pretty sure I’m not Steinbeck, but my heart and soul have found their way back to where they should be.