When I released A Conversational Commentary last year, I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect. I tried to spread the word as simply as possible, because I didn’t have any money to spend on advertising. So I created a Facebook page (www.facebook.com/conversationalcommentary), sent a press release to a couple newspapers, and figured whatever happened just happened.
Honestly, it’s a fine line between pedaling your stuff and feeling like a doofus for always talking about something you did. Trust my heart on this one. About 3% of me wants to be a world famous author. The rest of me just wants to advance the Kingdom. (Okay, maybe it’s a 4%/96% split)
I have been pleasantly surprised, not just at the results in terms of sales but also the responses in the form of stories. I’ve sold a few hundred copies, which is cool. Better still is the feedback I’ve been getting. Other than my daughter, who said, “Dad…no offense, but it’s kinda boring,” the response has been good.
I think of the lady who told me she bought a copy for her friend who was entering rehab. While she’s getting clean, this woman is reading the Bible for the first time and using the book to make sense of it. What a cool thing!
I think of the guy who sat across from me over some wings and told me that when he was laid up after a surgery he started to read my book, but that he felt moved to set it aside and read the Bible alongwith it. Exactly what I’d hoped would happen.
There’s a preacher in the midwest who is using it as a commentary during sermon preparation. How cool is that? Every time someone tells me “I’m enjoying it,” “I never thought about it that way before,” or “it really helped me understand the Bible better,” I am filled with gratitude for being able to participate in this centuries-long discussion about the Scriptures.
I’m not going to lie. It’s kinda cool being the #1 Commentary sold on Amazon for a short time (it was for like an hour, but still!). Even as I write this, it’s still in the top 100. Not bad for a little independent project.
Since the first of the year, I’ve been selling about 10 hard copies and 20 Kindle editions a month. This is awesome! I’m so glad people are hearing about it. But I would love it if you could help me spread the word a little more. Here are three ideas:
1. If you’ve already bought it and read it, please go to this link and rate and review it: tinyurl.com/c9xzzdh This is helpful in getting it noticed on Amazon, and a way that people who don’t happen to be my friends to hear about the project.
2. If you are a church leader, hit me up about buying a few copies for visitor packets or to toss in your bookstore or coffee shop. I can get you a bulk rate and I think it’s a great tool to put in the hands of people who are seeking to study the Bible more.
3. Like the FB page, share the FB page, or share this post or the Amazon link with a person or two. Pass your copy on to someone you love. I don’t care if I make money (in case you were wondering, I get about 35 cents per Kindle copy), but I do care about people trusting, loving, and having a relationship with the Bible.
I’ve knocked on all the doors I know to knock on, and I’m not going to spend a whole lot more time trying to sell this book. It’s out there, it’s available, and I hope people take advantage of it.
I appreciate your support. In the end, this is just another way to share my story and The Story of how Jesus saw fit to save a bunch of really jacked up people because he loved them. Hopefully the end of all this is more people loving the Bible and reading the Bible than did before.
Thanks for reading.