Saturday, July 10, 2010 lettering, black lettering...what?

This is giving me a stomach ache. 

Here is a cover with red lettering (thanks Christy S). The second cover is with black lettering. I think both are fine and acceptable. 

Now for the subtitle. Firstly -- I really like the word 'Teaches' in the copy. Secondly -- I love the phrase 'and your children' in the copy. And I love this pic. This pic was pulled from public domain clip art and it expresses to 'me' ...a couple, man and woman, setting on a rock or hill, speaking to a youngster. It looks to be in a 1700's time period. It reminds me of the Old Course -- St. Andrews in the U.K.

Yes, the book indeed is about character (thanks, Diantha M). Yes, the book is written around a golf storyline. It is not a golf book. It is a character book. I really liked the initial 'red' cover with its subtitle, probably the reason it was published initially that way. hehe! Nevertheless, my feelings now are that I must try to capture 'more' of the golf reader population (don't laugh). Perhaps from increased exposure (this categorization), Character Happens! might gain from this group and be talked about to other reader's (people who like personal development books). Who knows?

It would be nice to have more readers. The 'character readers' are a huge population. The 'golfer' population is pretty big too. Here's a book...'Golf's Sacred Journey,' (much like Character Happens!), that has done very well. If only my book could capture some readers from this book's readership. That would be great.

The plan is to revise the Character Happens! book. It needs better editing and correcting. I figured it would be a good time to change the cover, etc... All who have purchased the initial paperback version will be sent the new 'revised' version, no charge (if interested). 

Naturally I'm posting another poll on my blog to determine which of the above covers you prefer. The red lettering or the black lettering. After this, I'm finished with Character Happens! Moving on to the Ranger Copeland's book -- 'Bloody Omaha - My Remembrances of That Day.'

Thanks a bunch for your continued support. --gg


1 comment:

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.