Wednesday, June 30, 2010

…one last reminder of the eBook ‘Buy-In’

One last reminder -- I promise this is it.
Tomorrow, July 1st, 2010, is a scheduled ‘Buy-In’ for my eBook, Character Happens! The price for the eBook is $0.99 at Amazon (click on the red book cover to go directly to the books page), or click here.
   ‘Buy-In’s’ are a common marketing component used by authors whereby individuals are asked to buy a selected book at a certain time. The time frame for this ‘Buy-In’ is the 24 hour period of July 1st, 2010.
   Why is it so important to buy during this time frame? Amazon’s metric will measure these increased purchases for this 24 hour time period, causing the books ranking to increase. A better ranked book, like a highly reviewed book will typically sell better. In fact, the higher ranked books become more recognized not only by potential customers but also by Amazon (advertising).
   Some people may think this ‘Buy-In’ tactic is manipulating the system. Candidly, a dissertation could be written on the topic and still not convince those who believe the practice is unacceptable. To those, I’m sorry.
   Nevertheless, what I’ve written in Character Happens! (even if the golf storyline makes it’s theme undecipherable to some), I believe, is important and the more who read the book may in some way improve their lives. And who wouldn’t want that? Writing words and phrases about what you’re thinking is difficult – arranging them so readers understand is incredibly difficult. As time progresses perhaps my writing will improve.
   Finally, it is my hope that you participate in the books ‘Buy-In’ on July 1st. Additionally, it would be wonderful if you passed my blog post on to someone you know who might like a character-themed book with a golf storyline. Just for kicks, we’ll check on the stats July 2nd. Below is the present day ranking of the eBook.
Thanks my friends for your continued support.                 Garry M. Graves

Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #120,681 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store) #55 in Kindle Store > Kindle Books > Parenting & Families > Parenting > Morals & Responsibility

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Golf’s Sacred Journey – a book about life… (Free eBook @ Amazon)

“…Sacred Journey Each chapter is a lesson about life, and Dr. Cook uses the metaphor of golf to clearly illustrate how our decisions and convictions have brought us to the place we now reside. Patience, humility, forgiveness, and love will help us all to have a rich and rewarding life, and will also help us with our golf games. Plan and visualize your life's journey, practice patience and balance, and hold on to truth and tradition and you will live your greatest dreams…” Shivas Irons, Amazon Reviewer

Go to Amazon now and get this eBook. It’s FREE. If you don’t have the software get it here, free.

Please think of my book as you read this one. Had my writing been better, like contained in this one, perhaps more people would read it and review it. The author of Golf’s Sacred Journey is David L. Cook, who is a sports psychologist by trade. His stories are fictional pieces written around the game of golf, sprinkled with jewels about –patience, humility, forgiveness and love. Pretty good storyline wouldn’t you say? Character Happens! is written/formatted much like this one, certainly not as prose-worthy, nevertheless the two books are most similar in scope, genre and appeals to a similar reading customer. I’m wondering if I need to market more to golfers. Advise me what you think.

Below are some statistics relative to two books:

Golf’s Sacred Journey -- #1 in Kindle Store > Kindle Books > Sports > Golf

Character Happens! -- #18 in Kindle Store > Kindle Books > Business & Investing > Reference > Ethics #58 in Kindle Store > Kindle Books > Advice & How-to > Self-Help > Self-Esteem #9 in Kindle Store > Kindle Books > Parenting & Families > Parenting > Morals & Responsibility

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

…July 1st, 2010 – day of reckoning!

July2010Calendar July 1, 2010 – mark the date. This is the day I ask those who have waited to buy my book (Character Happens!), to buy on July 1, 2010. The plan is to get as many: friends, friends of friends, family, extended family, strangers and friends of strangers – to buy the book on July 1st.

The eBook is the cheapest at $1.99, at Amazon. The printed version, also at Amazon, is $11.47 last time I checked. Remember you pay shipping on the print version – not on the digital version (a real benefit of technology). AND for those who are on a tight budget, here’s a FREE download of Character Happens! at Smashwords, my ePublisher. Use this code at checkout: NT96Y

Naturally, it is my hope more of you choose to buy the book than download it free. The Amazon purchases on this one day, July 1st, (within this 24 hour period), will aid the book’s ranking and create additional exposure to other potential readers. Thanks in advance for participating.

It is my hope that many of you will aid my meager efforts to market, sell and make aware the book, Character Happens! Please pass along this information to friends and family and anyone you know who you might think interested (or needing), a book about character and decent virtue. Advise them of the books humorous ‘golf’ storyline and teachable moments.

Thanks for being such a good follower of my blog. –gg

What are "The 5 Most Important--But Fleeting Virtures?"

Honesty, Integrity, Courage, Compassion and Humility.

.....this is a portion of the "introduction" or prologue to the book (not yet completed) with your comments.

The books title; Character Happens! The 5 Most Important—But Fleeting Virtues, describes my belief these five important virtues (Honesty, Integrity, Courage, Compassion, Humility), are sporadic in use and diminishing in personal character. The books message is in recognizing this “fleeting” nature and from that reinstitute a more virtuous choice in your decision making.

The paradox of the two words; Character Happens, with another two words: “S### Happens”* (decorum prevents use of actual word) is not without merit. My belief is that observed human character is much like, well...s###! This kind of observation can be disconcerting at times. So confusing that society can hardly make the distinction between the two words and there obvious different meaning. Individuals make virtuous and un-virtuous choices/decisions for innumerable reasons, both consciously and without deep thought. If we postulate; can an individual make a 'more' virtuous choice in life’s decisions should they want to do so? Answer—perhaps. How does one 'reinstitute a more virtuous choice' into their personal makeup...making the response more automatic? Answer—practice. With a concerted effort at 'practice' I individual might just develop a more 'repetitive' decent response...much like grooving a golf swing.

I love golf. I think the game is like no other. The five stories that make up Character Happens! have a golf storyline. Some readers may not be able to relate to the game of golf or its vernacular or for that matter, why people...a large number of golf. Too bad! You should try it sometime...because it’s more than a can be a life experience. The golf course environment alone is enough to put most people at ease.

Golf is a game played by the individual as opposed to being a member of a team, like baseball. Baseball has umpires who enforce the rules of the game. In golf you are the umpire. Because of this unique method of enforcing the games rules—golf is a “hotbed” for testing the players character...their honesty, their integrity, their courage and sometimes their compassion. And, because all golfers started from knowing nothing about the game; like how to swing, how to putt or chip... they also learn of humility. Now doesn’t it make perfect sense that a book about character would juxtaposition a storyline with the game of golf? Anyway, I thought so.

There are five stories, one for each virtue. The book has six main characters that make up a group of what I call 'golf buddies.' The storyteller, Spencer Madison, in reality is me. Well, somewhat like I have a better golf game than Spencer. The five others vary in age, gender, education, religious beliefs and definitely personality. The 'binder' of the group or what brings them together; golf.

The reader will hopefully discover in their own lives a similar incident with one of the story’s in Character Happens! If not, that’s okay the stories are earnest while humorous, carefree yet compelling. And, I believe each chapter or story makes a 'point' in this wonderful, wacky, dynamic world in the 21st century.

The stories are fictional as are the characters. Names, personalities or incidents are fictional and in no way resemble or refer to a living person. I’ve used paraphrasing of many authors’ ideas and concepts and have referenced them in a special section. Because of these references and the specific genre where the book is to be found, it’s categorized as a non-fictional, personal development book.

for the language but this word best describes the thought I want to convey. In Forrest Gump the term was used to describe situations that happen to all people for no particular reason.