Thursday, December 30, 2010

Character Happens! at #5, and climbing…


Guess when you price your book at $.99 more readers will give you a ‘chance read.’ It makes sense/cents (excuse the pun), particularly when you’re an unknown, first-time author. This 99 cent price point has been offered throughout December to entice readers to try it…and, besides, it’s always nice to be thought of as a ‘bargain’ instead of a ‘expensive lessen.’

December results so far: *drum roll* Character Happens! is at #5 (category—books-sports-inspiration) Thanks everyone.

For 2011, this book will experience some changes. A revision. Maybe it’ll be a 2nd Edition. Not sure yet how it will be introduced. But, will incorporate these changes for sure, perhaps others:

  • New Subtitle – Keeping the Character Happens! portion but will follow with, ‘How Golf Teaches You (and your children), the Virtues-Honesty, Integrity, Courage, Compassion and Humility.’ I know its a longer title but it better describes the context of the book.
  • The books cover color will be predominantly yellow.
  • The angle will change to a 1700’s golf couple on the ‘old course.’
  • The book will be edited extensively, by professionals.
  • The Foreword and Afterward will be revised.
  • Hope to have some ‘praise’ blurbs on back cover.

Don’t have eReader yet? Here’s a link (click picture) to the one I own and endorse wholeheartedly, the Kindle Reader with Wi-FI.

Thanks Again, for driving the book to #5.

Many Regards, Garry

P.S. Character Happens! can be ‘free’ to you, (PDF file), for your review on Amazon. Just go here to receive this free offer.

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.