New Digs, Old Home, Same Site

If you’ve been on That Tiny Website in the past 48 hours or so (and judging by the traffic crater caused by a technical glitch, I’m betting you haven’t), you may have noticed some changes to the site. Most noticeably, you have seen a pretty drastic theme change. While the colors are, for now, the same, most of the rest of the layout, including the superscript style notes, are gone.

This is all the result of me moving off of my old hosting platform and back onto While I generally liked my old hosting provider, after two years with them I realized that the self-hosting process isn’t exactly what I expected it to be. In addition to a lot of unexpected costs and my rates rising from year one to year two, the customer service provided by said hosting company was not as comprehensive as I expected it to be. Add on the fact that it took them two weeks to even respond to my last support request — only for them to tell me how to do it myself — and I figured out quickly that I wasn’t going to be sticking with my hosting provider.

I did decide to hang onto my website domain for another year, however. Considering my domain made up less than 20% of my total costs from my hosting provider, the amount I’m spending per year to run my blog is now much more manageable. Plus, now that I’m back to hosting on, if I do decide to let my domain lapse, I already have the WordPress version of the domain claimed for myself.

There’s still some cleanup I need to do on my end to make things readable. While all of the external links should still work, I’m still testing links on old blog posts to make sure they go to the right places. On top of that, those superscript footnotes I mentioned in an earlier paragraph are going to take a long time to change formatting on. And believe me, there are A LOT of those footnotes to fix.

For the handful of you who are still around reading, thanks again for sticking around. I really do appreciate it. In the coming days, I’ll have some more book news (spoiler: Things aren’t going close to as well as they were initially…not even close), a new short story, and possibly an update on my vlog.

What I Learned Self-Publishing

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It’s been a little under a month since An Epilogue to Innocence published via CreateSpace/Amazon. It’s been quite a whirlwind of a month. Though admittedly much of what caused that month to go by had nothing to do with my book, there’s still been a lot of excitement and craziness I’ve had to deal with in that regard. I felt like now is as good of time as any to compile some of the thoughts that have gone through my mind since publishing.

I’ve put this post together in a Q&A format. We’ll see if it helps readability (not to mention my own organization of thoughts. Some of the items below are things I’ve learned myself, while others are interesting questions I’ve had people ask me. Those that have been asked to me are denoted with an asterisk (*) at the beginning of the question.

Was the publishing process as hard as you thought it’d be?

Yes and no. I was pleasantly surprised when Eat Your Serial Press originally picked up AETI for publishing. However, with them going out of business earlier this year, it threw quite a wrench into things. Kat Argo was extremely helpful in helping me get up to speed on what I needed to do in order to self-publish.

The majority of the leg work I ended up needing to do prior to publishing was formatting the book for CreateSpace/Kindle. That said, I feel like I’ve had to be a non-stop shill in order to sell the books I have so far. I’m pretty sure most of my Twitter followers hate me about now.

You said once that you want to break even on editing costs from your book. How many more copies do you need to sell?

It depends. I make different amounts of profit depending on if the book is sold via Kindle, via Amazon, or via CreateSpace. On top of that, it make different profit amounts if my books are sold internationally versus in the USA and Canada. As of August 6, 2016, here’s approximately the number of books I need to sell to break even.

  • All copies sold through Kindle (US): 17 copies
  • All copies sold through Amazon (US – Physical copies): 16 copies
  • All copies sold through CreateSpace (US – Physical copies): 9 copies

That number goes up if the books are bought internationally or are bought on a discount, such as the Kindle Countdown deal I ran on July 27th.

*When is the next Kindle Countdown deal you’ll be doing?

I had planned to do one every month to give away the Kindle version of my book for free. The one I did in July netted 11 copies given away for free. Unfortunately, until I get to my break even point, I don’t know if I can do the giveaway deals once per month. I will likely do the next one in either late August or early September though, as I said I would.

*Will you sign a copy of my book?

This has come up FAR more than I expected it ever would. I had two people total ask me prior to the release — one of those was in person. Since then, I’ve had 15-20 people as for signed copies. I’m going to work on getting a PayPal button up on the blog (probably at least…more on that in a coming post) if you want to purchase a signed copy. Price and what not to be determined.

What’s the most surprising thing you’ve learned throughout this process?

I’ve been very surprised to see how many people are willing to help me and share news about my book out of the kindness of their hearts. There have been wonderful reviews written about the books, tons of shares of Facebook and Twitter posts…it’s been great. I don’t even know where to begin with thanking people. It’s just been amazing.

What’s the weirdest reaction you’ve gotten to someone reading your book/founding out you wrote a book?

I had a co-worker who was stunned and flabbergasted that I wrote a book with sexual content in it. They were fine with it, just unsuspecting of it coming from someone they viewed as “professional”.

*Do you have a story in AETI you like most/least?

This is a simplified version of the actual question that was posed to me recently. The original question asked me to rank the stories in my book 1-10 from favorite to least. That generated a 500-750 word response about why I liked each story in the ranking I listed. That said, my favorite story from the AETI is either “Use As Directed” or “Tia”, while my least favorite is “Elk Ridge”.

What’s the piece of feedback you’ve received about AETI that you appreciated the most?

I had a reader send me a message saying how much she loved “Use As Directed” because it felt like she had finally found a story that accurately depicted what she had gone through with mental illness. I teared up a bit reading that message.

While not a piece of feedback, I did have a close friend send me an engraved pen with my name on it as a congratulations for publishing my book. That’s been the only time I’ve actually cried throughout this entire process. It made me so happy.

AETI: Kindle Countdown Deal Announcement

I’d like to take a moment to announce that my debut book, An Epilogue to Innocence, will be going on sale for its first Kindle Countdown deal. On Wednesday, July 27th, you can get An Epilogue to Innocence on the Kindle store for free.

So…why am I doing this?

I’ve been fortunate enough that sales for An Epilogue to Innocence are going decently so far. As I mentioned in the publishing announcement post, my goal is to make back the money I spent on editing. Anything above and beyond that would be wonderful, but I don’t expect it. In the 13 days since my book released, I’ve been able to make back about 57% of my editing costs. While that doesn’t guarantee that I’ll get to 100%, I feel pretty good about where I’m at.

As a result, I’ve decided to put the Kindle version of my book on sale — to purchase for free — one day every month. Theses days don’t particularly have any pattern, other than they’ll coincide with the funniest obscure holiday I can find for that month. July 27th is National Take Your Pants for a Walk Day…so I’d say that qualifies.

If you do pick up my book for free on July 27th (or any other day it’s up free), I ask that you write a review for my book on Amazon or Goodreads. Reviews to this point have been largely positive, which I never expected to see. If you like the book, you can loan the Kindle book to your friends freely — even with a free version of the book — so share and tell people about the book.

Shades of Darkness

“Am I a friend or foe – or a little of each? Are the important things black and white, or maybe a little gray?”  – Svetlana Chmakova, Witch & Wizard: The Manga, Vol. 1

On September 11, 2001, I was 13 years old. I was sitting in my eighth grade English class when the first plane struck the World Trade Center in New York City. I know this, not because I saw the destruction and horror first hand on television like so many others did that terrible day. I know this because it was at that time our middle school principal came around to all of the classrooms and pulled the teachers out of class to tell them what was going on. They were under orders to discuss nothing with their students, but to know that all after school activities were being cancelled, and that parents may be picking up their kids early. I only know this because our algebra teacher felt we were “adult enough to discuss current events” and shared what happened. Since algebra was my last class of the day, the first time I heard about the events around the country was nearly six hours after they had begun.

In the aftermath of that day, I began to hear a pair of words I’d only in limited amounts prior to the day itself. Those words “Islam” and “Muslim” were said regularly, first as qualifiers to help explain what happened on September 11th, then as derogatory terms with connotations that anyone who followed the religion was a terrible human being.

I was torn on the subject. On one hand, what little I’d read about non-Christian/Jewish religions in my social studies textbooks seemed like followers of the Islamic faith were people just like me, only with a different, though similar, belief system. On the other hand, I had my mom preaching to me from infancy onward that anyone who wasn’t Christian needed God to come to them…and that it was my responsibility as a Christian to show them the way by any means necessary.

Looking back on my youth, I realize that allowing myself to struggle with whether or not someone practices Islam is inherently bad[1] was more a product of the environment I lived in than anything else. My mom made every effort to shelter my bother and I from other cultures, races, religions, and belief systems. While my dad didn’t make the same sheltering efforts, he also didn’t exactly encourage us to go out and learn about the world. For me, it took going off to college and learning[2] that the world wasn’t just WASPs. My opinions and beliefs have changed — in some cases rather drastically — from the opinions and beliefs that I was raised to have.

As I have become more educated, as I have become exposed to a greater diversity of cultures and religions, and as I have allowed myself to work to understand the political ideologies of a broader range of people, I’ve realized a great many things. Above all else, I have realized that no one group of people is perfect and blameless and that no one group of people is completely corrupt and evil.

We have our disagreements as human beings. We can hold differences of opinion. Those opinions can be over minor items. For example, I hold the opinion that Taylor Swift’s music isn’t very good. I personally don’t like her music or find it pleasing. That said, record sales and concert attendance show that many, many people disagree with me on this item. And you know what? That’s fine. They’re allowed to.

Likewise, disagreements can come on more important or politically sensitive items too. I support the ability for members of the LGBT community to marry someone of the same sex, if that is the person that they choose to marry. I recognize that many people in my family, as well as many others around the country, disagree with this opinion. While I would love it if those who hold contrary opinions to mine on this topic would change their mind and become more accepting of someone else’s love, I also realize that it is not my place to tell someone that they need to change their mind.

Living in Northeast Ohio means that I get to be front and center to the Republican National Convention this week, wherein the Republican Party is expected to name Donald Trump their nominee for president. While the GOP’s platform hasn’t fully been voted on at the time I’m writing this[3], the platform is set to include items like a border wall with Mexico, the declaration of pornography as a public health crisis, barring women from serving in the military, and going back to the “traditional”[4] definition of marriage. Rhetoric used in the party platform plays on the fear of those who are already well entrenched in a similar set of belief systems. While the Democratic Party platform has not yet been released, don’t be shocked if whatever items they take a social stance on are given similar fear-inducing wording in the platform.

That fucking frightens me.

What politics is doing, particularly in America, but also around the world, is creating an Us vs. Them mentality. If your political viewpoint wins, the good guys have won. If your political viewpoint loses, the evil empire has triumphed. And though, yes, there is good and evil in the world to some extent, when politics are made the main driving force behind culture over compassion and altruism, we create our own divides where none previously existed.

There is not one group of people — not a single solitary one — in the entire world that is perfectly free of blame. Not Republicans. Not Democrats. Not whites. Not blacks. Not Latinos. Not Asians. Not men. Not women. Not heterosexuals. Not the LGBT community. Not Christians. Not Jews. Not Muslims. Not Taoists. Not Hindus. Not Americans. Not Mexicans. Not Germans. Not Russians. Not muggles. Not wizards. Not sports fans. Not bookworms. Not any group I’ve neglected to mention or even think of. Not you. Not me. Not anyone. Literally[5] no one is perfect.

Everyone has skeletons in their closet. Everyone makes mistakes. Everyone has fucked up and everyone can work with those around us in an effort to create a better world.

The problem lies in actions that go on one of two extremes of the same mentality. The first I’ve discussed at lengthy already above — the use of fear to exclude, persecute, and hate others. When you ignore the opinions and beliefs of others because you do not wish to expose yourself, your family, and your world to them, you’re only harming the long-term growth of our society. This goes both ways. It’s why if I ever have children, they’ll still meet and interact with the members of my family whose political and religious views are vastly different than mine. By educating ourselves about others and doing so in a manner that is objective, rational, and open-minded, we allow our society to continue to move toward a more progressive society.

At the same time, we cannot assume that everyone whose opinions we agree with or whose beliefs are blameless or incapable of doing something wrong. I remember numerous people who hold Christian beliefs saying that there was no possible way that Robert Lewis Dear could have actually been a Christian when he killed numerous people in Colorado Springs. To say that any religion, political ideology, race, sexual orientation, or any other identifier you can think of lacks a single person capable of horrific crimes, excessive violence, sociopathic actions, or general hatred is a foolish assumption. It’s uncomfortable to think about and it might make you upset. But it’s reality.

You know what else is reality? You don’t have to be that person. You can be the change that brings the world together. Perhaps you can’t do it by yourself. But with enough compassionate, kind, and altruistic people in the world, those many shades of darkness we see all over the news every day will begin to fade away. We’ll likely never have a perfect world — but we can take actions to make our world a better place for everyone, even those we don’t agree with.

What I’ve Read in 2016…So Far

I’ve had to do quite a bit of reading in 2016, at least compared to previous years. While I do enjoy reading, I feel like the amount of time I’ve had to be able to devote to reading has dwindled since I finished high school. In fact, there was at least one year in college where I didn’t read a single book outside of my required readings for class.

Over the last three years, I’ve done quite a bit more reading than I had in the time between then and when I had graduated high school. I’ve been averaging reading 15-20 books per year over the last three years[1]. While most of the books I’ve read this year in particular have been related to work, I do think that at least some of them have a broader appeal.

In today’s post — at the recommendation of some of you on Twitter — I’m sharing the books I’ve read so far in 2016. They’re ranked in order from my least favorite to my favorite. Though I’ve re-read my own book probably 15 times since the start of May alone as it neared publishing, I’ve chosen to omit it from this list. That said, stay tuned for some news on some coming sales for the Kindle version of my book.


The Ultimate Question 2.o by Fred Reichheld
There were two books on this list that were absolute nightmares to get through, leading me to give up on them on more than one occasion. While I finished the other book where this was true (more on that in a moment), The Ultimate Question 2.0 was so dry that I’ve had to stop reading it on two separate occasions and still have yet to pick it back up. Business books are rough enough to read without being unbearably dry. I’ll try to finish The Ultimate Question 2.0 by end of year so I can give a better opinion on it, but at this point, I can’t consider it any more than I book I could put down over and over again.

Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza
The non-business book that I’m currently working on finishing is Mila 2.0. I’m about halfway through the book at this point. Mila 2.0 tries to straddle the line between young adult novel and science fiction novel, and so far it’s done a decent job of it. The book is a bit reminiscent of one of my favorite books ever, Feed by M.T. Anderson, however I’m still a bit too early in Mila 2.0 to tell if I’m going to like it that much. Considering I’ve put it aside for three other books on this list (two of them willingly), I’m guessing it won’t be quite that high, despite being an enjoyable read.

Complete Books

Talent is Overrated by Geoff Colvin
Here sits the other book on my list that I struggled mightily reading. Part of the appeal to Talent is Overrated is the fact that the reviewers of the book who loved it tend to run the gambit in the business world and the American political world. And yes, there are a lot of interesting studies and valid points brought up in the book. But in reading Talent is Overrated, I felt like I was back in my English classes in high school, stuck reading Moby Dick, Jane Eyre, Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, or some other book that I was forced to read but didn’t truly enjoy. If you can get through the extremely dry text, there’s a lot to learn from Talent is Overrated. If not, there’s a suitable, if not superior, replacement further down this list.

The One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard
I’ve had to read three of Ken Blanchard’s books at various points for work, and at this point I know exactly what I’m getting. There will be entertaining stories used to break down common sense ideas on how to work with people. On the downside, the book will be moderately drenched in sexism, quickly making it evident that the business world of the late 1980s/early 1990s wasn’t remotely friendly to women. At least The One Minute Manager was a quick read.

The Nordstrom Way by Robert Spector
Both The Nordstrom Way and the next book on this list are essentially interchangeable reviews. Both books pushed the importance of selflessness and creative thinking while helping customers, as well as giving an in depth history of the company and why customer service was important to them. Both books read as thinly veiled advertising for the company they were written about. In fact, the sole reason I give The Nordstrom Way the lower spot on this list is because at least the next book made no effort to hide that it was essentially advertising.

Pour Your Heart Into It by Howard Schultz
Both Pour Your Heart Into It and the previous book on this list are essentially interchangeable reviews. Both books pushed the importance of selflessness and creative thinking while helping customers, as well as giving an in depth history of the company and why customer service was important to them. Both books read as thinly veiled advertising for the company they were written about. In fact, the sole reason I give Pour Your Heart Into It the higher spot on this list is because at least it made no effort to hide that it was essentially advertising for Starbucks.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
The only non-business book I’ve read this year was also the first Neil Gaiman book I’d ever read. I’ve always heard good things about Gaiman’s writing, and The Ocean at the End of the Lane didn’t disappoint in terms of quality. Books dealing with the supernatural typically aren’t my cup of tea, however Gaiman has a way with words that makes the supernatural almost relatable. The Ocean at the End of the Lane was a pretty creepy read, so keep that in mind in terms of when you choose to read your books.

The Happiness Track by Emma Seppala
The most recent book I finished was Emma Seppala’s The Happiness Track. Had I read this book prior to last year, I think I would have found a lot of what Seppala covers to be a bit hokey with too much soft science for me. I’ve always had a strong interest in psychology and sociology[2], however I’ve never viewed the ideas of compassion and altruism as being critical components to happiness or success, even though I believe that both ideas are critical to being an exceptional human being. The Happiness Track gives great insight into why both compassion and altruism matter beyond just yourself and your day to day life.

Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh
Unless I read a life changing book over the next 5 months, I fully expect the top two books on this list to remain the same at the end of the year. Delivering Happiness is a must read for anyone who runs their own business, particularly if that business has a sales-driven model or is service-centric. While Delivering Happiness does, at times, read like an advertisement to work for Zappos[3], I feel as though the reason it seems that way is because of how unique Zappos’ culture is, even after their acquisition by Amazon. My only disappointment was that Delivering Happiness was written before Zappos adopted the Holacracy management style. I’d love to know how things have changed there after that drastic — though completely reasonable and understandable — move.

Drive by Dan Pink
There have been very few instances in life where I’ve consumed some sort of media (book, movie, song, etc.) at exactly the right time when I needed to. I read Drive by Dan Pink just as I found out I was going to be hiring my first employee for my department, and I think the lessons I learned from that book helped me to make a great long-term decision. One of the biggest flaws of the business world today is that many companies choose to motivate people solely with money and bonuses — despite the fact that numerous studies have shown that there’s a quantifiable limit to the amount of happiness money can create. Drive delves into the other ways that motivation can be created, as well as how to evolve your own motivational focuses to create greater satisfaction for you in your job and life.

Pokemon Go and the Mainstream Acceptance of Nerd Culture

Though I’m getting to the age where some of my elementary school memories are (thankfully) starting to fade, one of them sticks out as clear as day. It just took the release of Pokemon Go to fully appreciate it.

In the sixth grade, I made it to my school’s finals of the spelling bee. The top three finishers would move on to our county spelling bee, then if they did well enough, they could eventually move onto the regional, state, and national spelling bee. Sixth grade was the last year you could participate in the spelling bee in my school, so the fact that I made it to the finals was a bit exciting. I was determined to win the school spelling bee — just as I had the geography bee a few months earlier — and qualify for the next round.

As the spelling bee was about to start, our principal was giving introductions and explaining the rules of the contest. While reading through the normal list of rules that we heard in each of our classrooms, he paused to insert an additional rule of his own.

“Just so everyone’s aware, I’m pleased to announce that none of the words in today’s spelling bee will be Pokemon names.”

A cheer went up from the crowd of mostly sixth graders that were watching us compete. While many of the students on stage with me clapped loudly, I sat there with a bewildered look on my face. I knew there wasn’t going to be any Pokemon names in the spelling bee…but why call that out? Why was that really necessary?

On more than one occasion in elementary and middle school, I was bullied. I was a straight A student who was the shortest kid in my grade (guy or girl) up until the eighth grade. I wore hand me down clothes that didn’t fit right or looked like they were out of the 70s and 80s — generally because they were. I shared a house with my own family/stepfamily, as well as another family whose three kids were routinely getting suspended from school. I looked for a way out to escape my day-to-day reality.

From a very young age, that way out became video games. By the time 1998 rolled around, I, like many other kids my age, had gotten caught up in the Pokemon hype wave. I got a green Game Boy Pocket for Christmas the year prior with Monopoly[1] and Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball as a gift. While those games were fun, the allure of a world filled with magical creatures caught my imagination.

My dad ended up getting me Pokemon Blue in early 1999 and I played the game until the cartridge broke. My end game team was almost always the same — Blastoise, Hypno, Dewgong, Fearow, Victreebel, and Jynx — but I loved playing through it no matter what. The Pokemon games really did bring me that escape I was looking for from my childhood.

Back on the spelling bee stage, I recall being flustered and upset that the principal had taken the time to specifically call out the game that I loved playing in an effort to get a cheap cheer. There was no need to do that. I realize that now and I realized it as a kid. Being the first person in the alphabet in the finals, I received the first word, ceiling, and immediately misspelled it. I was eliminated, but I didn’t care. I just wanted to get home and play the game that the majority of kids felt the need to cheer against.

Fast forward to 2016, when the augmented reality game, Pokemon Go released. I downloaded the game within minutes of its US release last week, leading to my wife and I running around outside our apartment complex trying to catch our starters. I was surprised the next two days at work to see just how many people were playing Pokemon Go. People who rarely ever played video games had picked up the game and started playing just because it was the cool, hip thing to do.

It was a strange moment for me to see. 18 years earlier, a room full of my peers had cheered that Pokemon would be no where near a spelling bee. Now, there are strangers who would otherwise have nothing in common coming together to play a later, more technologically advanced, version of that same game.

As my wife and I were walking through the park on Saturday trying to catch Pokemon, a kid — probably about sixth grade or so — and his mom were walking their dogs. The kid saw us playing Pokemon and began talking to his mom.

Kid: Why are so many adults playing Pokemon?

Mom: It’s the cool thing to do right now. I’m glad you’re mature enough to not need video games to have fun.

Ignoring for a moment that the mom obviously doesn’t understand the purpose to video games[2], with her comment I began to realize that the very thing that some kids mocked when I was younger had become cool. I’m betting some of those same kids who laughed in the auditorium at the spelling bee were playing Pokemon Go this weekend.

Why wouldn’t they? It’s the cool thing to do. We want nothing more than to be accepted in life. It just happens to be the time where nerd culture has become an accepted part of life. In fact it’s becoming so much that way that you’d be hard pressed to find a component of nerd culture that hasn’t been somewhat integrated into mainstream American culture.

I’d like to think this is a sign that we’re continuing to progress as a society to a point where everyone, regardless of their likes, beliefs, sexuality, religion, or whatever, is accepted the same way. It’s likely not. I know that. But in the interim — until that moment where I’m disproven in my belief — I’m going to continue walking towards lure modules and interacting with strangers, and bonding over sharing our Pokemon adventures.

Book Update #9 – It’s Happening

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Physical Book: CreateSpace | Amazon
Kindle Book: Amazon

Ladies and gentlemen…ready your Ron Pauls…because it’s happening.

I told you to ready them. You were warned. Image credit:

After months((15-19 of them, depending on which count I want to go with.)), my book, An Epilogue to Innocence, finally has a date it’ll be publishing*. On July 10th, 2016, you’ll be able to purchase An Epilogue to Innocence via Amazon and via the Kindle Store. Here’s some details about the sale of the book and what not…but then I want to give out some much needed and incredibly deserved thank yous.

Pricing and Availability

So that little asterisk in the above paragraph is kind of important, as Amazon, CreateSpace, and Kindle work a little bit differently when it comes to pre-orders. While Kindle allows books to be pre-ordered((Provided your order will ship within 30 days of the order.)), Amazon reserves pre-ordering for their partners, while CreateSpace doesn’t appear to allow it at all. Because of this, there will be an unintentionally staggered release of the book. Here are the details.

CreateSpace StoreAn Epilogue to Innocence launched June 26th and is currently available for sale. You can buy a paperback copy of the book for $7.99.

Amazon.comAn Epilogue to Innocence June 26th and is currently available for sale. You can buy a paperback copy of the book for $7.99.

KindleAn Epilogue to Innocence is available for pre-order and will be delivered by July 10th. You can buy a Kindle copy on its own for $2.99. You can also take advantage of Amazon’s matchbook program which would allow you to get the Kindle copy of the book for an additional $0.99 if you buy the paperback. Those interested in the Matchbook program should see that in the coming days.

International Customers: An Epilogue to Innocence is available via Amazon Europe for €7.09 or £5.59. There are various prices for the Kindle book depending on what country you’re in — I’m still waiting on clarification on this — however I know it’ll be €2.99 or £2.29 for the Euro and Pound, respectively.

For those of you who read this blog and want to help me out, I would encourage you to order from the CreateSpace store rather than Amazon. Why? I make slightly((Read: Less than a dollar per copy.)) more if the book is purchased from CreateSpace over Amazon. Since my end goal here is the make back the money I spent on editing, every dollar helps. If I can make more than that, amazing.

Signed Copies: For now, there won’t be signed copies of the book. There really wasn’t an interest in them from any of the channels I asked on((Literally two people said they’d take one, which really isn’t enough to sell signed copies for an additional price.)). If there’s an interest at some point in the future, I might sign some copies for those interested((To be determined if that’ll be for an additional price?)). For now though, no.

Thank Yous

So I devoted a few pages of my book to thanking people for what they’ve done in the process of writing this book. With that said, I wanted to take part of this post and call out a few people who have had a particular impact on the process of getting this book from an unorganized set of stories to a published book. Without further ado, thank you to…

  • …Erin for being the first person to recognize that my writing and storytelling ability was worth more than just the therapeutic value I personally put towards it.
  • Amanda and Jen for exposing me to the publishing process they each went through when writing their books, inspiring me to do the same.
  • Kat for introducing me to a publishing contact, then becoming an invaluable resource in getting my book self-published when my publisher went out of business.
  • …Chris for doing a wonderful job in the editing process and Brandon for the exceptional cover art.
  • Samantha and my wife for their assistance in fine-tooth comb editing and improving wording of my writing.
  • …and to the various people who were kind enough to write reviews for me as part of the book launch process including, but not limited to((As I’m sure more people will write reviews after I post this that I’m not aware of.)), Samantha, Stephanie, Tabitha, Amanda, Mike, Tim, Karina, Brittany, Eve, Kat, Kelli, and Erin. I‘ll link their reviews here as they’re posted, as well as linking them on the book’s Facebook page.

If you would like to review the book yourself after you read it, I would encourage you to do so both on the Amazon page as well as the book’s Goodreads page. This is a really exciting time for me…thank you to everyone willing to share it with me.