Going to be sharing for a couple more month how my book sales are going. I wanted to give aspiring self published authors an open view into my sales for them to have a bench mark. Most authors don’t share this information for various reason but I got nothing to hide and nothing to brag about. Just a few books out the door. I am really grateful for each of you that have help promote my first offering.
Here are the books I have in distribution for the month of September with the total amount in parenthesis…
Amazon Paperback: 3 (128)
Kindle Ebook: 56 (449)
Kindle Borrowed: 13 (86)
Kindle Free Giveaway: 0 (6867)
Paperback Personally Sold: 0 (274)
Paperback Free Giveaway: 10 (208)
Books in circulation 82 (8012)
It was a nice Saturday morning and I was up early to work in the garden. Potatoes, peas, and carrots were in order for the day. While I was out there enjoying life my father in law, Bill, shows up on his motorcycle. He said he was there to pick up an apple mill to make sauce for his wife. I think he came to remind me of what days like this were for, riding a motorcycle.
He left as quick as he came, but an hour later the call came. Him and Mark were going for a ride. “Was I in?”. Of course I was, the zucchini could wait. Given the heat level I kept my full face helmet off and enjoyed the wind of my shield-less Vulcan. Mark had a half helmet that I tried and quickly took off because of the lift and extreme noise it was creating.
What a great ride with my two favorite riding partners. We stopped at the Wolf River at one point and as we were leaving, Mark asked if I wanted to lead. On most rides he leads, because he knows every road and I am the sweeper so I can pick up things Bill drops along the way. (yes I did turn around to get his glasses that flew out of his pocket) I looked at him and said, “I don’t know where we are going but of course I could lead”.
I love riding because when you are out with your gang it doesn’t really matter where you are going. Like Frodo leaving Rivendale I got to the T and just picked a way. We made our way to White Lake Wi to ride by the 60 people that live in that town hanging out at the beach. We came into the deserted town to find a young teen doing circles in the middle of the intersection. We asked him where the best burger in town was and with a point over his shoulder he said, “Black Bear”.
With a stop for a late lunch and the reminder that you should always get the home fries we were off back home. The last 20 miles I switch bikes with Bill because I hadn’t yet got to ride his Sabre. It was a sweet ride for me. When we pulled into the driveway the first words out of Bill’s month were, “God made windshields and He said they are good! That was a lot of work with the shield gone.”
That is the way I like it!
Friends, I was totally blown away with the response to my recent free eBook giveaway. At the end of July I had just over 2000 books in circulation and to say thanks I wanted to give the eBook out for free the first five days of August. Given my previous free days I thought I might give out around 500. Well it went live and I went camping with our family and friends for the weekend.
I was shocked when I went to the van and looked at my phone to see how it was doing a day in. I would glance a few more times over the weekend to notice I would be going well over my goal. I ended the five days giving out 5822 eBooks of Ride On! (one went to someone in Spain!)
The cool thing was that the book started charting on Amazon’s Bestseller lists. Out of the 100′s of thousands books on Amazon there it was on a list. Since I was out in the woods of the U.P. I was not able to take a screen shot. So my friend Brandon (@bcthegeek) at “The Simple Math of Grace” took a couple of shots. (check out his blog)
Ride On charted at #8 on spirituality, #22 on nonfiction, #74 for all books. Check out who I was next too most of the weekend, Ten Shades and the Bible. Thanks again friends for sharing and helping the message of Ride On reach more. We are on our way to 10,000 in circulation!
Friends here is a link to another interview I did with Adam Bradley on his blog about my book Ride On. Adam is the kind and excellent fellow who did the cover layout for my book. He got a chance to ask me a couple of questions about the inside. Check out his book, Adventures of a stay at home dad. He book recently just went live on Amazon. I actually did a interview with him about his book a few months back.
My friend Phil Zarns had me stop by his blog to talk about Ride On. He got a few questions in and we cut it off. He is from Sweden (actually MN put married a Swedish gal and they do lots over there.) He also wrote a great book about Music and Faith. It is the only book I know that you listen to a song while you read. It called ‘The Soundtrack of Your Life’.
Here is an blog that I was featured on.. Thanks Jeff
Originally posted on anti-itch meditation:
A friend of mine and fellow pastor, Joseph Fehlen, has recently written a book about becoming a motorcyclist and some of the thoughts about Jesus it has inspired. I enjoyed the book and would like to do my part in promoting it.
I did an interview with him and here are the results:
In two sentences explain your book and in one sentence tell why a complete stranger should read it
It is a story about my journey of becoming a motorcyclist and the lessons I learned about life, faith, and things that really matter. (Can I use my second sentence and add it to the why you should read it? Wait I just wrote three sentences. )
Tough break. Since you’ve become a “Biker” how many people have you shot or mugged? Have you broken any bar stools over anyone’s head in a fight?
I have never broken any bar stools, or mugged anyone. I have shot a couple deer since I became a biker, which is a new thing for me. A couple of my pre-readers thought one of my chapters could be a bit offensive to bikers because I used the G-word (gang). I have since learned that word doesn’t go over very well because of the misconception some people have towards bikers. Most are really great and will do anything for you.
Your chapters tie in with something from the Gospels, is there a specific reason why you focus on the Gospels?
I wanted to show people that most things in life can be linked back to Jesus in a very normal, conversational tone. We don’t need to beat people up with Jesus, or quote a ton of scripture to make people believe in who Jesus is and what He has done for us. I ultimately, as the subtitle says, reintroduce people to Jesus.
How has writing this book helped your faith?
Ultimately, as I look at Jesus and talk about what He is like, I was forced to ask myself, “do I really believe this?” Because people will read this and I don’t want to be a hypocrite. Now after I have sold a few and have people commenting on it, I am really jazzed at reading others stories of how this book has impacted their lives.
Do you find writing a helpful way to foster spiritual growth?
I think anytime you put your words on paper for others to read (and ultimately like or dislike) it is a spiritual growth building exercise. This process has taught me much about myself, how to push through the doubt, and how amazing my support group is to help and encourage me along.
Are you writing more?
I am currently writing one about hunting.
Several of my older hunting friends have said, “There is nothing you can write about hunting that hasn’t been written.” I am writing about how to hunt, because I haven’t mastered that. I am writing about my failures. I am currently calling it- Nine Arrows: A hunters life of patience, perseverance, practice and utter failure.
What is your favorite chapter?
Oh, by far chapter two. It is the chapter that has my struggle with failure and rules and spotlights my mom and Granny Brown. They were the two most influential ladies in my life. I wrote the main meat of the chapter for a family talent show we were doing with my parents, my brothers family and my family. We all got together in a cabin the week before we moved back to Wisconsin and everyone shared a talent one night. I read that chapter for them all and my mom loved it, even though I am hard on her for part of it. As it went that would be one of the last times we were all together before my mom passed away a year later. So that one is pretty special and I think really brings people back to their own childhood.
If I could write a book about eating ice cream and how that has helped me learn about Jesus, would it be OK to buy lots of ice cream and maybe only have ice cream for supper, you know, for Jesus?
When I eat black licorice ice cream from Nelson’s Ice Cream Shop on Greeley street in Stillwater, MN I just want to worship Jesus. So yes do it!
I remember once your wife saying how she learned about one time when you rode your bike really fast and she didn’t know that until reading your book. So I was just curious, like what other stuff have you done on your motorcycle you haven’t told your wife? I won’t tell her.
One time, while riding across WA, my back tire was really out of alignment and would severely wobble at various speeds. It was about 95 degrees and I had my helmet and coat off so I wouldn’t over-heat. But that was the one time I probably should have had more protection on, because the tire could have gone at any point.
She also doesn’t know that when I am riding the motorcycle at speeds over 65 I think to myself, “Man, if anything jumps out in front of me right now…I’m dead.” I think I have her convinced this is a safe lifestyle, so please don’t tell her that.
Is it possible for a biker to ride a bike that is not a Harley and still be a follower of Christ? If your answer is “yes,” please explain how you are wrong.
Yes you can not ride a Harley and still be a follower of Christ. But you are more like those that stood on the outside of the crowd. They went where He went, but couldn’t quite hear everything He said. I think the guys that had to rip the roof open to lower their crippled friend in to get healed by Jesus probably rode a Kawasaki like me. Harley riders would have been invited inside.
What is the main point about the Christian faith you hope people get from your book?
I hope to reintroduce (or in some cases introduce) you to a Jesus that cares for you and has a relevant purpose in your daily life today. I think I have done that in a fun, whimsical way that most anyone can relate with.