It seems like such a long time since I wrote my first book. But it’s only been about two years. A Different Kind Of Giant went live in the Kindle Store in December of 2013. Since then, I’ve revised it several times and learned a lot about the publishing industry. I’ve joined and left social media platforms and tried out publishing platforms only to return to good old Amazon.
I’ve been invited to speak to a high school writing course, a Veterans Day celebration and interacted with several other new authors and readers on sites like Goodreads and Writer’s Café.
This was more than I expected when I set out to write a fiction story about a young man who enjoyed motorcycles and powerlifting, loved dogs and refused to give up despite having what most would call a disability. My protagonist, Zac and everyone he knows are based on real people. The book is even more special to me because it was originally inspired by my son Marshal, one of the most talented photographers I know.
Through this experience I’ve learned that no matter how good your writing is, people don’t want to spend money on it unless you’re a tested commodity. Or to put it another way, if you’re famous, you can write your name on a napkin and somebody will buy it. If you’re an unknown, no matter how talented, you’d better be ready to put in work to get people to take a chance on your writing.
But most important of all, I’ve learned is that reading isn’t dead. The demise of fiction is highly exaggerated, especially among young people. They just want what they read to be interesting and I’m glad that for the most part, they think that what I write is. That’s good to know and a powerful indicator that I’m on the right path. And it all started because one day Marshal turned off the car radio and said, “Dad, tell me a story.”
I just did a Bing search for the book and it came up along with several defunct links most likely related to when I had it on Smashwords.
But now it and the sequel A Little Lesson In Manners are both exclusive to the Amazon Kindle store and as a result, if you have Kindle Unlimited you can read it for free by clicking here.
Check them out and please be sure to leave a review good or bad. If you do enjoy reading them, please consider telling your friends who read.