Have you ever thought of writing a book? …My personal experience three years later…. & The release of my NPR Podcast!
I took the leap three years ago when I published my true story: “The Greatest Gambling Story Ever Told – A True Tale of Three Gamblers, The Kentucky Derby, and The Mexican Cartel”
How do I feel about the authorship experience three years later and what lessons have I learned?
- The writing and recreating of the adventure I experienced at age 32 was a joy! Each morning at 6 A.M. for five months I started throwing myself into the creative process. After spending 60 years focused on my career and raising a family – doing something imaginative, creative, and new was a life altering moment for me.
- The research for a non- fiction book was tedious, as was learning how to properly write dialogue, and use adjectives properly.
- The hardest part was, and still is, taking criticism and reading poor reviews. I learned it is far easier to be a critic than to be a writer.
- I would recommend it – if you enjoy the writing process and won’t judge your book’s success on how it changes your readers – but rather on how it changes you, the author.
- More articles on my writing experience, book information and photo gallery can be found on my author web site blog pages: https://markpaulauthor.com/
Other advice on writing?
- Hire professionals! You will need a professional editor, a professional publishing company (likely paid by you), and a professional graphic artist for your book cover.
- The single most important necessity is someone to be your early reader(s) as you write. These people will have to be supportive, and honest at the same time. I was lucky to have my wife, Renee, who read countless hours of countless versions of each chapter while giving me the hard-edged advice I desperately needed to improve the work, all wrapped in loving support and encouragement (apparently my understanding of female characters was limited).
When I published my book, my goal was not to embarrass myself, and sell 1,000 copies. In three years the book has now sold 45,000 copies (top 1% of all self- published books) and reached #1 in 10 Amazon Book Categories.
This week was especially memorable when my story was featured on the top national NPR Podcast Snap Judgement with an average of 3-5 million listeners per show. The show has a fantastic soundtrack and special audio effects including live segments from the 1988 Kentucky Derby.
The podcast is free to listeners and can be found everywhere: “She’s stunning grey, sleek as a race car, and stronger than all the boys. Her name is Winning Colors and for Dino and Miami she’s the long shot of a lifetime.” – NPR
Links to NPR “Winning Colors” Podcasts (49 minutes)
Lastly – a producer is writing a movie script based on the book – stay tuned!
The Greatest Gambling Story Ever Told
Mark Paul Author/ Web Site