A Pretty Cool Thing

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Let me make one thing perfectly clear; I am a writer, not a book marketer, publicist or PR agent.  I suck at the business angle of selling books and besides that, I’m probably the world’s worst Tweeter, something apparently very important in the world of selling books.  That being said, (watch out for horn tooting) I can tell one hell of a story.  I like creating characters and weaving them together in ways people wouldn’t expect.  I like feeling those characters come alive and live beside me in my world.

When I was a kid, I didn’t like myself very much.  I was made fun of by other kids and I never felt like I fit in.  Books became my refuge, my safe place, where I could hide and find solace.  The characters in books became my friends.  To be able to possibly create a character like that today for someone to read and relate to is powerful to me.  To me, one positive review is ten times more powerful than 1000 negative reviews because it means I touched someone’s heart.

A few weeks ago, my publisher suggested we run a sale on my book, The Before Now and After Then, for $.99, with a follow-up giveaway with the book being free.  Now, I’m a storyteller, yes, but don’t get me wrong, I’d like to make a few bucks from my stories, even if it’s a dollar, so the idea of basically giving the book away terrified me.  And then the day of the sale came and tons of people were downloading my book for $.99.  I started getting Tweets and emails from fellow writers and people in Greece, France and all over the world telling me how much they loved my book and related to the characters.  The book shot to the top of Amazon’s charts, both for Young Adult/Teen and Gay Fiction and held pretty solid at it’s core ranking too.  That day alone, I basically made no money, but tons of new readers from around the world were reading my book.

Today was the free Amazon giveaway of my book.  I was a little nervous to see what would happen and terrified of the idea of people thinking I was less of a writer for basically giving my book away for free until my publisher contacted me with news that thousands of people were downloading my book.  Again, I started getting messages on all of my social networking sites and emails telling me how much they loved my book, asking for a sequel and wondering what I was writing now.  At long last I felt like that author who I had always admired, even if it was just for a moment.  My book was #2 on Amazon’s Free Book Bestsellers! Pretty amazing.

I hope that are sale strategy works and that people do start talking about my book and get interested in my world and what I’m writing.  I hope that it wasn’t all a fluke and bunch of people downloading free copies for nothing, but I don’t think it was.  I remember years ago when my husband and I had just started our entertainment website.  We were the first ones to blog about Kanye West dissing Taylor Swift at the MTV awards.  I remember how we excitedly sat by our computers that night, watching our views grow by the minute.  Our final view count for that post is miniscule in comparison to what we get on a daily basis now.  Looking back though, it felt more special.  It felt innocent and raw and exciting.  It felt real.

Today feels real.  People are reading my book.  And for a simple little guy like me who just always wanted to have a book published, well, that’s a pretty cool thing.

Much love,

Peter

 

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Help Make My Dreams Come True For Only a Dollar!

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Hey guys and girls! I don’t ask for tons of favors, but I just found out from my publisher that my book just made it into Amazon’s Top 100 List for Gay Fiction & Literature! If I sell 40 or 50 more in the next few hours I might just make it into Amazon’s Top Bestsellers so every purchase counts! It’s on sale for the next four hours for just $.99! That’s one dollar! One buck! It would really help make my dreams come true if you could buy it…and even pass this post on to others! People are saying they love the story (blush) and that it even makes them cry! I’d just like to get it out there and get it more attention so readers can meet the characters I fell in love creating!

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Thanks a bunch! Much love! Please share this!

Peter

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The Struggle Bus

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Do you ever have days where you just don’t want to get out of bed? I’m not talking about mornings where it’s either snowing or raining outside and the warmth of your bed entices you to stay put, I’m talking about having an overwhelming feeling of “what’s the point” that you literally almost can’t even put one foot on the ground.  Well, maybe can’t isn’t a fair word.  It feels like can’t, but what I know today is that it’s actually won’t.  Can’t lives on won’t street, or so the saying goes.  I’ve had lots of those days in the past and the truth is that I still struggle with some of those days, but today, I know I just have to pull my butt out of bed and start the day.  Easier said than done, right? Absolutely.  For those who haven’t struggled with true depression, not just being down in the dumps or being sad, but true depression, getting out of bed might be the most difficult task we face in a day.

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Best Days of My Life!

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Earlier today I went out to go and get coffee.  While I was stuck in Saturday afternoon traffic, watching the sad faces of the adults in cars around me,  I found myself jamming out to some of my old time favorites: The Cure, The Smiths, New Order, The Psychedelic Furs and…Michelle Shocked.  I had completely forgotten about this folksy song she sang called Anchorage.  In high school, it had always been one of my favorite songs.  If you’ve never heard it the song is about two friends who have grown apart and they write letters to each other, reminiscing about the old days.  I can remember laughing with my friends about the day, as if it would ever come, when we would someday be old, and we would look back on “the best days of our life”.

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Saturday Night Television 1979

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One thing that some people might find interesting about me is that I’m absolutely obsessed with the television shows of my youth.  At night, while I’m working on my book or working on our website, I get on YouTube and find old episodes of some of my favorite shows.  Tonight, while watching an episode of Moonlighting, I was thinking about how much television has changed since the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s and how, in a way, reality television has killed the excitement of TV.  Don’t get me wrong, I love reality TV, but it’s just not the same as the escapism of those shows I used to wait all week to watch back in the day.

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Trim Your Toenails and Walk With Gratitude

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Last weekend we were in Atlanta for business.  My husband Alex and I run an entertainment website and we were covering the TomorrowWorld music festival.  Since we only received one media pass, I opted to stay back in the hotel room and let him go to the music festival.  On Saturday afternoon I started to get a little bored, stuck at my computer posting on our site and writing my next book, so I decided to venture out into Atlanta.  A friend had Tweeted me that he was also in Atlanta for the Outkast concert and so I decided to walk down to where the concert was being held to take in the festivities before it began.  When I got there, I found myself squeezed in between people selling t-shirts and barbecue, fans running in the streets to get to the concert before it started and people just hanging out, there for the festivities even though they weren’t going to the concert.  Usually in a situation like this I would just keep on walking but something inside of me suggested that maybe I should sit down and hang out for awhile.

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Facebook Creeping…Pastime or Personality Trait?

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Readers of this post will respond in one of two way; they will either sheepishly grin and laugh completely relating to it’s contents or they’ll deny any relevance and say I have way too much time on my hands.  Either way, do you think I care? Because I know one thing for absolute certainty, even though I’ve never looked into your phone or computer history; what I’m about to talk about EVERYONE has done!

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