Why Should You Read My Book?

Come on, you know you’re thinking it. Thousands of books come out every month. You have your favorite authors to keep up with, lists of older books you’ve been meaning to read, classics to consider. So why even bother reading this one?

I have compiled a list of reasons why you should purchase my first novel, First Date:

It’s all about you

That’s right. Power. You. The folks who know all about marketing at Thomas Nelson tell me that my readers are the ones who will help make this book successful. Ads and blogs and amazing covers are great, but it’s people reading my book and telling other people to read my book who will determine whether this novel sinks or soars. No pressure or anything. But my entire career as a writer is dependent on you. (insert dramatic music)

It’s really all about Jesus

Okay, not to completely cancel out that last point, but….yeah. I wrote this book because I felt it was what God wanted me to do. (See “Why Esther?” posts 1-3) I want to write good guys who love Jesus wholeheartedly and romances that make Him their top priority, where purity matters and character is key. Books that make you laugh, but also make you think and make you want to know God better when you’re done reading them.

It’s not a sermon

Not that I’m against sermons. I love them. I even download them on my iPod (which is currently lost…but that’s another topic). But this book is not that. Yes, it has lessons that I hope my readers will take to heart, lessons about trusting God even when situations seem out of our control, lessons about how amazing God is and how he is constantly working behind the scenes to accomplish his will. But this story is a story. A fun story about a real girl who struggles just like you, faces mean girls and confusing guys, just like you, and is thrust into the national spotlight when she ends up starring on a super-popular reality TV show. Just like…maybe not. But you get the picture.

It won’t make you cry

I recently read a book that made me cry. It was good. Really good. But so sad. I had to put it down a few times just because the storyline was so depressing. I’m not anti-sad books. In fact, there are very few books I don’t like. I read A LOT, so every type of book is fair game to me. But my book isn’t sad. Writers are told to “write what you know” and “be yourself.” I know a lot about having fun and laughing. I know that hard times are easiest to survive when you can smile through them and find the humor in difficult situations. So there’s lots of humor and lots of “me” in First Date.

It’s my first book

And I’d like to write more. I’d really, really like to write more. So back to my first point. If only my family and close friends read this book, I will not get to write more. Or maybe I will, but they’ll just go on a jump drive and be sent to my family and close friends. And that isn’t nearly as exciting as seeing a book that I wrote on Amazon or in the bookshelf at Lifeway. So, please – read my book! Like my Facebook page. Shoot me an e-mail. I’ll write back. I promise.

And, I promise, if you don’t like my book…well, you’re just stuck with it. But you can use it as a doorstop, a paperweight, you can put it in a catapult and throw it over your roof. You can tear the pages out one-by-one and make origami swans…Or you can put it on your shelf and, after writing me a beautiful e-mail, wait patiently for my next book to come out (July 2012). That
last one gets my vote.

Moral of the story: If you don’t read my book, I’ll be forced to write a very sad story…all about the time I tried to be a writer. And failed. And I’ll send it out on a jump drive to my family and friends.

 

2 Comments

  1. Tim Davis
    Dec 27, 2011

    Sounds like fun! Even though your target audience is probably girls, I will check it out!

    • krista
      Dec 27, 2011

      Please do! And thanks!!

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