Ethan Anderson desperately wants to find his soulmate and he’s convinced that his height of 5’6″ is limiting his options. Not wanting to end up like his friends with shallow lives filled with clubs and one-night stands, Ethan turns to a popular dating website where he connects with Anna Collins, a born-again Christian who just may be the woman he’s been looking for. But, when she’s ready for a committed relationship, will Ethan be able to ignore his friends, abide by Anna’s celibate lifestyle, and look beyond her five-inch height advantage to see a future with her before she gives up and moves on?
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- Small, Dark and Handsome is available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble
- Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.
It’s A Great Time to Write!
Conversations about real estate always make me laugh, mainly because I’ve never, ever, ever, heard anyone tell me or anyone else that it isn’t a great time to buy. Is it a great time to buy right now? Who knows and who cares. The truth is, even after buying a home a few years ago, I still don’t know jack about real estate, but the one thing I do know is that it’s a great time to write!
Whether you want to pen your first best seller, start your world-changing blog, or just randomly post comments online as needed, the opportunities are everywhere and your options are unlimited. So, what makes it such a great time to write? Well, here are my thoughts:
- Billions of eyeballs are just a few clicks away – Do you love uncovering off-the-beaten-path locations and then exposing their beauty to the world? No problem. After snapping a few pics, loading them on to your favorite photo platform, and adding some slick captions, you can tell people across the globe about your latest discovery and get the international street cred you deserve!
- People feast daily on new content – I’ve never seen any stats about this, but my guess is that the average person spends at least some amount of time each day seeking new content to devour. Assuming this is true, according to the theory of Supply and Demand (ok…my own biased take on it), if you write it, someone will consume it. Of course, the quality of your work and your targeting ability will ultimately determine the demand for your content, but if they don’t like the taste of what you’ve “served up” today, don’t give up – just write something else for a different (and hopefully more receptive) audience tomorrow.
- There are countless (free) ways to reach audiences – We’ve talked about book and blog publishing platforms, and I’ve also mentioned comments and captions for pics, but those communication vehicles barely scratch the surface of what’s available to you right now! There are tons of other free tools you can use to write and share your product and book reviews, presentation slides, wikis, and status updates. And don’t forget about email. It may be as exciting as a State of the Union rebuttal, but it takes a licking and keeps on ticking.
- You’re in control – Years ago, major media outlets controlled all forms of mass communication. If you wanted the world to know about the dark deeds of a corrupt, but powerful official, it was usually impossible to find a publication or news station that was bold enough to distribute your story without watering it down. Screw that! Today – You’re in control. If you want to shine the light on whatshisbutt, you can decide what to say, when you say it, where you say it, how much you say, who you say it to, and what you spend (if anything) to say it. And if your crafty message goes viral, don’t be surprised if your villain is forced to resign, giving in to the swelling public outcry resulting from the 140 characters you assembled in just 30 seconds. (Sweet!)
So, have I convinced you that it’s great time to write, or were you already convinced? Either way, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section. In the meantime, I’ve decided it’s a great time for me to stop writing this post and start writing my next novel!
Kevin D. Patterson is an experienced marketing writer and has developed communications for many of today’s leading brands, including HP, American Express, Oracle, and Deloitte. After much encouragement from friends and family, he decided to pursue his passion for creative writing, and the end result was his debut fiction novel, Small, Dark, and Handsome. Kevin was born and raised in San Francisco, CA, and has also lived in Michigan, New York, and overseas in India. He currently lives in Plano, Texas with his wife and son. A graduate of the University of Michigan’s MBA program, Kevin is an avid sports fan and tennis player. You can keep up with Kevin and his upcoming projects at http://www.kevindpatterson.com
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Book featured at 3 Partners in Shopping
Guest blogging at What Is That Book About
Book featured at Rainy Day Reviews
Guest blogging at The Dark Phantom
Book featured at I Heart Reading
Book reviewed at The Phantom Paragrapher
Interviewed at Review From Here
Interviewed at Literal Exposure
Guest blogging at Bent Over Bookwords
Interviewed at The Writer’s Life
Book featured at Romantic Reads and Such
Interviewed at I’m Shelf-ish
Book reviewed at Harlie’s Books