Would you like to win a signed copy of Tom’s List?
It’s easy and in a moment I’m going to tell you how to enter the contest. But first let me tell you why I’m giving away free books.
I’m learning that writing and publishing a book, although difficult, is easy compared to marketing your book. The book publishing world is rapidly changing and one of the big changes is in the area of trying to get a book sold. Even established authors who publish the traditional way are relied upon to market their own book to generate sales.
This means becoming a published author requires you to become a book marketer. And confidentially, I’m a candidate for the world’s worst book marketer. I’ve done most things wrong. I even wrote a blog post asking people not to buy my book until the July 12 launch date. Who knew of all the articles I’ve written that people would heed this advice more than all the others?
So here I am, sticking my neck out, trying to market my book. I’ll be annoying and you might get sick of my “self-promotion.” A few of you will be tempted to stop reading my articles until I get over this phase. But I’m going to do it anyhow.
It isn’t that I’m wanting to anger anyone. But I’m going to keep pushing Tom’s List because I BELIEVE IN IT.
Here’s 5 reasons I believe strongly enough in Tom’s List to keep promoting it even if it ticks some people off:
1. Tom’s List is a book that can transform lives.
If this reason was the only reason to go over the top with promotion, it would be enough. I’ve received enough feedback from readers to know there is real potential in this book to transform lives. For some people it might be small changes and for others it might change the course of their life. But for the readers who apply the 50 commandments to their own life, this is a game-changer.
It isn’t very often that a book comes along packed with truths that can make a real difference in your life.
2. Tom’s List is based on the best lessons gleaned from reading more than 2,000 self-help books.
I believe in the book because I know how the truths were created. It isn’t that I sat down and tried to dream them up. But they were derived by Tom who read one book a year for decades. Every time we talked he would start the conversation with this question, “What good books are you reading that I ought to read?”
Tom wasn’t interested in reading novels or lightweight self-help books. He continually sought out the best books in the field of self-improvement. He based his 50 commandments on that caliber of reading.
3. Tom’s List is a book you can give to a friend who needs to transform their life.
The publication of the book gives you an opportunity to help improve the life of someone else. It is awkward to tell a friend they are screwing up their life and need to make changes. But with Tom’s List all you need to do is tell them about the book or give them a copy. Let them know it’s a book which has helped you and ask them to read it.
Once again, it is all about trying to make a difference in the lives of others. Tom’s List gives you an easy way to do that.
4. Tom’s List is a book whose existence ought to encourage every person who wants to accomplish a dream.
My hope is that the mere existence of the book suggests to everyone that if they want to accomplish a dream it can be done. For decades I’ve toyed with the idea of writing a book. But I came up with lots of excuses not to do it. I won’t bore you with the list but I had convinced myself that to accomplish the task was beyond my reach.
I would love people to say to themselves, “If Randy could write a book maybe I can achieve my dream.” The book ought to encourage others to pursue their dreams.
5. Tom’s List is a book written to honor the memory of a great man.
Here’s another reason I plan to keep promoting the book: It’s a tribute to a great person. Tom was unique in so many ways. The book is part of his legacy. Every friend and family member who reads these words will know exactly what I’m talking about.
Standing in the cemetery after Tom’s funeral was gut-wrenching. The fact that he died at the young age of 58 compounded the tragedy. He should have had many more years. As we drove away from the grave I remember saying good-bye to Tom. But the book is a way to keep his memory alive.
So there are the reasons this world’s worst book marketer is going to push forward and promote Tom’s List.
The opportunity to win a signed copy of the book is one of the ways I’m promoting the book. A similar giveaway on Goodreads.com just finished. There were more than 550 people who entered the contest. The winners will soon receive their prizes in the mail.
Now it’s your turn. All you need to do is to click on THIS link which will take you to the entry page on my website. Follow the very simple instructions. You will be encouraged to share the Amazon link to Tom’s List product page to your fiends. This is optional and not necessary to enter.
If you decide to take two minutes to enter I wish you luck.
Tuesday, July 12 is the official Tom’s List launch day. With your help, we can get this book off the ground and change lives!
Randy,you are welcome to have a book signing at PJ’S.
Thanks! Perhaps at homecoming?
I think I entered…says I have 5 entries. Thanks, Randy! I believe in your reasons for promoting your book! Good for you…and Tom!
Thanks for entering. Thanks for believing in my reasons!
The Book is a great legacy for Tom – thanks Randy for making this happen. I believe in you and the book and I love the man who wrote those 50 Commandments! :-) He lived what he wrote on that list – I can attest to that fact. I hoping for a great outcome with your “marketing!”
I’ve read Tom’s List and I think it’s great. Maybe you could get on the Oprah cable channel; she does Soulful Sundays (or some such name; I don’t have TV so I’ve only read about it, never seen it!) entirely focused on personal spiritual growth. Her interviewing you about Tom’s List would fit right in. I can just picture it now . . .
Thanks Kathleen! Funny. My wife keeps telling me to send my book to Oprah. If you haven’t done so I would be thrilled if you would consider leaving an honest review on Amazon. Thanks again.