THE YOUNGER DAYS Book Release Giveaway

I wrote a book. Seriously, I did. It is a book for the upper middle grade (10-14 year old) boy crowd, but I think anyone can enjoy it. I know it may be a bit surprising to some of you, but it’s true. A bit of a shock similar to the time I gave a pre-game speech using Luke 11:23 as the theme, only to have just one player respond with, “Coach, you read the Bible?”

Yes, it is true. I read the Bible AND I write. I had an idea, I scribbled it down, it rattled around in my head for several  years then I wrote all 25,500 words down in just the right order. A series of rejections, followed by a series of fortunate events, finally landed a contract with MuseItUp Publishing, who released it as an ebook on March 9, 2012.

Now that the ebook is out, I have to also become a salesman. It is the way of modern publishing; part writer, part editor, part marketer, part sales. I am not a salesman. Sure, I want as many people to read the book as humanly possible, but I am not a salesman. Never have been. I hated going house to house hawking fund-raisers as a kid.  As a 13-year old, I refused to sell candy bars for the school’s summer baseball program. Wouldn’t do it. My coach that year was also in charge of the fundraising for the baseball program. He told me I HAD to sell candy bars or sit the bench. I refused. I sat the bench. I was a pretty good player, but I wouldn’t budge on my position. I sat the bench. I am not a good salesman.

I stunk at trying to sell our summer conditioning program to the kids. I couldn’t bring myself to Tony Little-ize a sales pitch to the kids. Fortunately Coach Lane stepped in and was able to convince kids to come, he sold it much better than I ever could have.  My part became to sell the results through action and work.  Show up, work hard and you will notice a difference in your body in two weeks.  Once they gave the program a chance, they liked the results and came back day after day.

So, here’s the sales pitch. Try the book, give it a chance and you (or young people you know) may like the results. And priced at $3.50, it is actually cheaper than one of those World’s Finest chocolate bars or boxes of pastel-colored, candy-coated almonds.

You can find the ebook at these places:

MuseItUp Publishing Bookstore

Amazon Bookstore

And here’s a giveaway of an ebook copy of THE YOUNGER DAYS. Leave a comment here or at my THE COACH HAYS page, to respond to the question below. A winner from the respondents will be randomly selected on April Fool’s Day, 2012.

Question: What was the worst, most hated, most despised thing you ever had to sell as a kid?

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5 responses to “THE YOUNGER DAYS Book Release Giveaway

  1. Worst thing? Freakin’ wrapping paper. I know it’s useful, but really? Especially at the prices they put it at. Gees. Being a writer is all about those three things; writing, editing, marketing. It’s kinda scary cause I stunk at the school fundraisers too! Thankfully, there’s lots of advice these days – you’ve already got the blog! Congrats on getting published!

  2. Congratulations on your book. The worst thing I sold – light bulbs. Our senior class went on a trip after graduation and we decided everyone needed light bulbs. However, they were rather overpriced and certainly didn’t have that Wow! Cute! factor.

  3. Flowers made out of Kleenex! Ptweey. Who’s idea was that anyway? Oh, wait mine. I was sure they’d be hot item. They weren’t.

    Ah, the Younger Days! Have a great release.

  4. oops! forgot to say I’ve scheduled a post about your book on 4/16. I’m doing the A to Z Blogging Challenge and your letter N for New Books. I think I mentioned this ages ago, but wanted to give you another heads up.

  5. Indies Unlimited sent me. Congrats on your book!

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