ONE YEAR Anniversary with Rave Reviews Book Club

It seems like just yesterday I had published my first work of fiction, “Another Sunset” (released in November of 2014) and a month or so afterwards I had joined the Rave Reviews Book Club.

Getting into the world of writing and becoming a published author was no small task for me with everything else going on in my life over the past few years:

  • I am a father of four children, all under the age of 11.
  • I work in information technology in New York City.
  • I live in Wallingford, Connecticut; 90 miles away.
  • I commute 2.5 hours each day – one way.
  • I served one term on the Wallingford Town Council.
  • I ran for Mayor of Wallingford (I lost).
  • I ran to get back on Town Council (I won).
  • I administer a number of Wallingford based Facebook groups dealing with news, information, what is going on with the Town of Wallingford, and the Wallingford school system (combined memberships equal over 10,000 members).
  • I am President of the Wallingford Fireworks Fund; we have successfully fundraised to restore our Independence Day celebration for six consecutive years, raising more than $25,000 a year on average to do so. (We’ve raised over $150,000 in total over six years).

With all that, I added “author” to my resume and then came the really hard part; how do I get my title “out there”? That question was what led me, in part, to join Rave Reviews Book Club.

One year later, on my anniversary in the club, I look back from that start and where I have gone, propelled by my own will, but with a lot of peer support from the club, the members, and beyond.

  • I have sold over 500 copies of “Another Sunset”
  • I released my second book, “I, Hero: The Beginning” in May of 2015
  • In half the time of release of “Another Sunset”, I sold over 500 copies of that title.
  • I released four more books through the end of 2015, for a total of six published works.
  • I have eight more planned for 2016; two novels and six novellas.
  • I created an author page on Facebook and I now have 1,393 followers
  • I had a Twitter account with less than 2,000 followers (at the time mostly Wallingford based folks that followed my civic activity); I now have 6,566 followers
  • I received a #PUSHTUESDAY award
  • I was the #RRBC MEMBER OF THE MONTH! in March 2015
  • “I, Hero: The Beginning” was chosen as a #RRBC Book of the Month
  • “I, Hero: The Beginning” was chosen as “The President’s Pick”.
  • I won the LETTER TO MY FUTURE SELF Writing Contest for my “LOOKING FORWARD BY REFLECTION” entry.
  • My submitted entries to the RAVE SOUP FOR THE WRITER’S SOUL Anthology, 2nd Edition publication, have been selected and will be included in that upcoming release.

 

“Gee – you’re awfully lucky.”

Nah – I get out of life what I put into it. That and I get by with a little help from my friends.

Anniversary Badge Year 1
So to all those new friends and the RRBC, thank you for making 2015 and my first year in the club so very special to me.

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