Today Amazon pretty much agreed with you. They ranked the Kindle version of Journey at number three on the Kindle Top 100 list in Literary Fiction. It took a combination of awesome reviews and free downloads to catch this kind of attention and be profiled at this position, just behind the two front runners, Charles Dickens and Victor Hugo, for A Tale of Two Cities and Les Miserables. Nice company. They liked me as well. Here’s the screenshot from the Amazon Top Sellers page.
I want to thank each and every one of you for what you’ve done to support me and make this happen. I wish I could take you all out for a drink or two tonight at my favorite watering hole. I know that can’t happen except in the imagination of something I dearly want.
I wrote this book, and its companion Of the World, in the dark, in isolation in a small bedroom in this house, with a sock stuck between the closed door and the jamb to keep the door from rattling if I moved or the air did. I had no audience except my wife and a group of friends I trusted and looked to for guidance and encouragement. That circle gradually grew as my confidence did and I discovered the generosity of people I was surprised were interested. And from there I went through the New York agent and publisher thing, which is another story for another time, and decided I was better off publishing on my own. And so I did. And that was when the books started bringing all of you into my life. Some old. Some new. I’d like to single out Diane Cole for writing her two wonderful reviews in the Salt Lake Tribune that made my homecoming possible. And then I’d like to single out each one of you. Each of you incredibly meaningful and rewarding friends and readers in your own individual right.