Thanks to recent In the Land of God eBook and paperback buyers!
It may be a copy here or there, or it might be a burst of sales then silence, but either way it makes it all worth it. That’s not to say the money is the important part (although that is helpful what with Consumer Mayhem 2016 fast approaching), but it sure as hell is validating as a new writer.
“What’s the big deal? It’s just money,” someone might ask.
Like I said, it’s not the money, per se, it’s the vote of confidence symbolized by the money. Someone is willing to invest both time and money into something I wrote, and it’s tremendously encouraging and flattering.
As far as updates go with In the Land of God, I’ve managed to get my first real-world advertising up at a local coffee shop, Common Ground Coffee House, so if you’re ever in Grand Rapids go buy some coffee (or tea) from this place. If you want to go to a coffee place that isn’t a chain, and you don’t want to be judged by the hipster patrons, then that’s the place for you.
I plan on reaching out to other local businesses and local writers’ groups as well.
Why am I telling all of you this?
To get on the record how I feel about local art and community involvement. National and international art is all fine and well, but so is local art. Besides, it seems that with the digitization of the literary world, books will start to follow the model that music has followed for the last 50 or 60 years: establish a local presence then build from there until a larger entity takes notice. That’s not to say the internet isn’t a powerful tool for any burgeoning artist, but online you’re a small fish in an ocean, in your community you can be a small fish in a pond.
Does that mean to ignore being active online? Of course not! It just means don’t be afraid to step outside, shake some hands, and use your community to your advantage.
One last thought before I wrap up this post.
I mentioned a while back about donating 10% of the profits from In the Land of God to a non-partisan peace organization, and I think I found one.
They’re a UK-based charity who’s main goal is to help children in Israel, Palestine, and Lebanon.
This is their mission statement:
“Children of Peace seeks to protect all of the children and their communities in Israel and Palestine – be they Bedouin, Christian, Druze, Jewish, Muslim or Sufi – regardless of culture, faith, gender or heritage.”
Unless you’re a cold hearted bastard, I think that’s a reasonable operation to get behind. Kids suffer because of conflict, and if you can help mitigate that suffering maybe you can break the cycle of conflict? I don’t know, but I’d like to believe that anything helps.
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Thanks for reading, and I hope you stick around.
A luta continua.
In the Land of God is the debut novel of Adam Jones. It’s a story of multi-generational strife in a Midwestern family set during the First World War and the Great Depression. It’s available on Amazon as an eBook for $2.99 and as a paperback for $9.99.