Thank You to My Book Readers

This week I want to take the time to thank those who purchased Off Balanced for their Kindles. As I discuss in the following Youtube video (initially published last weekend), due to your support my Amazon Best Sellers rank hit five figures. Sure five figures may not seem too thrilling but I believe well over a million books remain available on the world’s most popular e-reader. That should help you put my excitement into perspective.

Like I mention in my video though, selling Kindle books proves a competitive task. My Amazon Best Sellers rank for Off Balanced continued to drop lower in the six figures throughout the week. Still I stand confident I will return to five figure ranking status, eventually coming to maintain sales levels to keep me there.

Off Balanced Product Information

On Saturday, July 20th, 2013 Off Balanced ranked 96, 928 amongst Amazon Best Sellers on the Kindle.

Also touched upon in my “Thank You to My Readers” Youtube video, the opportunity to reach an increasing audience feeds my passion to improve my Amazon Best Sellers rank. Just this week I interviewed fellow author Margaret Lesh for The Mobility Resource. Margaret happened to purchase my book last week.

During our conversation she shared how Off Balanced enables her to learn about cerebral palsy, a rather unknown topic to her previously. Now I interviewed Margaret because I’m writing a book review/article on her book Let Me Get This Off My Chest, a memoir on surviving breast cancer twice. Stay tune to The Mobility Resource for my review!

Returning to the subject at hand, feedback such as I received from Margaret and other readers motivates me to continue promoting Off Balanced. So once again thank you to everyone (Kindle and Nook readers both) who purchased Off Balanced. Your support energizes me with an enriching enthusiasm.

Have you yet to read Off Balanced? Consider purchasing my teen memoir for your Kindle or Nook today!

Off Balanced on the Kindle (in the UK, in Canada)

Off Balanced on the Nook (UK readers click here)

Book Review- Imperfect: An Improbable Life

Imperfect: An Improbable Life serves as former Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher Jim Abbott’s autobiography, co-written with veteran MLB writer Tim Brown. Jim Abbott’s rise from little league fields around Flint, MI to Major League ballparks remained “improbable” due to the fact Abbott was born without a right hand. Yet dedication, ambition, and resilient pushing from his father helped to elevate the pitcher to big league status.

Now the book’s format proves somewhat similar to the way the movie For Love of the Game (1999) progresses. For Love of the Game follows fictional pitcher Billy Chapel (Kevin Costner) throwing a perfect game at Yankee Stadium. Between Chapel’s times on the mound, the movie flashbacks to significant events in his life.

Imperfect: An Improbable Life

Imperfect: An Improbable Life by Jim Abbott and Tim Brown

Meanwhile Imperfect: An Improbable Life switches back and forth between Jim Abbott’s life and then his recollection throwing a no hitter against ironically enough my beloved Cleveland Indians. One chapter Abbott discusses events in his life and the next chapter talks about throwing the no hitter. Considering I love the movie For Love of the Game, you will find no surprise I enjoyed the autobiography’s structure.

Yet what really makes Imperfect: An Improbable Life an excellent read stands the personal insights Jim Abbott shares. I related to so many sentiments he expresses. His missing hand and my cerebral palsy left us both feeling self-conscious, wishing we could simply blend in with our peers. Fortunately I didn’t encounter the bullying Abbott endured.

Thanks to writing and publishing my teenage memoir Off Balanced (available on the Kindle and Nook) I can also relate to, albeit on a much smaller scale, the gratification Jim Abbott experienced in big league parks across the country. Parents brought their children with disabilities to ballparks to meet Abbott prior to games. During these meetings families told their tales and walked away optimistic about what the future held.

Readers write me to give their feedback on Off Balanced, telling me their stories in the process and noting commonalities. Such responses account for a metaphorical handful currently. Hopefully though, you can help add to that number by purchasing Off Balanced and letting me know your thoughts. I know Imperfect: An Improbable Life motivates me to continue spreading my own story.

Overall I declare Imperfect: An Improbable Life an empowering read for baseball fans, anyone who faces adversity, and their immediate family members. Buy at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or your local bookstore today!

Do You Want to “Like” Me on Facebook?

Allow me to ask, do you want to “like” me on Facebook? Many authors maintain author pages in addition to their personal profiles. To date I am without a Facebook author page. However, I’m very welcoming to accepting friend requests from readers. Obviously this post indicates I’m open to starting an author page though. Shall we begin our discussion?

Zachary Fenell on Facebook

My personal Facebook profile is located at www.facebook.com/zacharyfenell

First let me explain why I avoided setting up a Facebook author page so far. Besides Facebook you can find me on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+. That’s four social media platforms I’m updating regularly! Creating a Facebook author page adds a fifth. Honestly I don’t think the content I might post on an author page will differ too much from my personal profile. Therefore I wonder, why add an extra social media page to man?

Plus I like the intimacy the Facebook friend relationship entails compared to a simple “like.” Anyone can like a page. Accepting a friend request holds increased meaning and facilitates two-way communication. You get to stay updated on my writing and my life. In return I stay updated on a reader’s life. I want to develop such two-fold connections.

Yet if people want me to also create a Facebook author page, I will. Thus speak up and let me know your thoughts. Vote in the following poll and/or leave a comment below. Fellow authors and writers please share your experiences with your Facebook author pages by commenting below too. I eagerly anticipate seeing everyone’s responses!

Tracking New Year Resolutions: June ’13 Recap

After failing to meet my three goals in May, I’m happy to report June exhibited a great return to form. For the first time I accomplished all three monthly 2013 New Year resolutions!

Resolution #1- Utilize My Youtube Channel Via Vlogging
Specific Goal- Vlog Twice a Month
Accomplished? YES

To start working towards my Youtube video goal I shared my thoughts on failure in a video titled “Failure is Only Permanent if You Let it be.” Yes, my poor May inspired the topic. Secondly I recorded a video discussing life lessons my favorite sport baseball teaches.

Resolution #2- Post Here on a Weekly Basis
Specific Goal- Post every Friday
Accomplished? YES

Not only did I post here weekly but I supplied an extra post to compensate for the one I missed the previous month. One way I achieved resolution number two involved aiming to get my weekly thoughts gathered and typed by Thursday. You could say the approach remains similar to someone setting his or her watch or car clock 15 minutes fast to ensure he or she arrive places on time.

Resolution #3- Keep to Due Dates
Specific Goal- Don’t Receive Any Inquiries About ETAs
Accomplished? YES

Finally! I still possess much work ahead to ensure I keep to resolution three but June’s achievement represents an encouraging beginning. A factor contributing to my motivation stems from an increasing Handicap This workload. Needing to track and schedule more guest bloggers causes me to value deadlines better.

What about you, my readers? Halfway through 2013, where do you stand with your resolutions? Comment below!