Monday, December 21, 2009

The Man Who Said I Can

This is a special blog for me to write. I'm both excited and full of admiration for Martin. The release of Torn From Normal has been a long journey, one I am honored to have taken beside him for most of the trip.

I don't believe I've ever met someone with more determination or more belief in the power of perserverance. He faced obstacles I would have crumbled beneath. Throughout the creation of Torn From Normal, he has always maintained his friendship with me. And I mean that. Friendships can sometimes call for maintenance and he never neglected this. I believe this spirit is what first captured my interest in his original manuscript--the spirit of understanding the importance of what may seem to others as an insignificant life.

Torn From Normal isn't simply a YA book meant to entertain. It's a study of the way society treats each other, written from the perspective two young men in very different situations and how they deal with the grief life often brings. For me, Torn From Normal is a very special story and I think it will be for many others as well.

Congratulations, Martin. Job well done!


Wednesday, December 16, 2009

My big day

Just checked my email and what do I see? Email notification from the printer company. My first proof copy of my very first novel Torn From Normal was sent out next-day-air, via UPS. Of course I freaked out and called my business partner (yes this late.) Since I already own a company, we deal with UPS on a daily bases. But, since I am the last person to arrive in the mornings--I don't really never see the next-day-air delivery. In fact, I have no clue what time they normally deliver the overnight shipments to my automotive business.

To my surprise, my business partner tells me on the phone tonight; UPS next-day-air gets there early every morning, before I get there, which is at 10am.

What is all my fuss about? I wrote a novel, my very first to be precise. It has been weeks, months and even years of hard work. Work I couldn't have done on my own without the help of some great people, special people without whom my project of writing a novel would never have seen the end of the first day.

I fell on my face a lot learning the different stages of writing and publishing a novel. I've been stubborn, made mistakes, didn't listen, but I got back up, refusing and rejecting defeat. In a few hours my wait will finally be over. Another mission in my life will be accomplished. When a small package will be handed to me by a UPS driver. Seemingly no different than any other delivery we got by UPS next-day-air. But this package will make a difference on this morning. Inside will be the very first copy of my novel Torn From Normal. For the first time I will hold something so important, that my knees will probably get soft like jelly.

To be successful in life, you have to believe in yourself. You have to believe what you're doing is right, and most importantly, you have to believe in your product. Torn From Normal is not--will not be just another book, or another story. To me it has become a lifestyle, a part of me and now the time has come to share my work with the world. When I talk about Torn From Normal, it will be no different than selling a Mercedes Benz. I stand behind my product and I believe in what I have to offer. Would I not, I wouldn't have been successful in life.