This update appeared on my Facebook page on Wednesday 9/10/14:
NEW ERA! Well, yesterday was the official release date for my book. It passed quietly, but a couple of nice things happened and the new era has begun. Till now I've needed publishers. Now I need readers. This morning I had my first radio interview about the book -- small station, YES FM in Toledo, Ohio.
The MC Tommy Briggs phoned me at 8:30 and drew me out about the book for 15 minutes. This was my first time ever on radio or TV, and it went fine. I was completely relaxed. His questions were intelligent and easy to respond to. My 2-hour prep was unnecessary. Spontaneity worked fine. Of course, I know my subject -- I wrote the book. I've no idea how many heard me, but it's a start. Must get more of these radio or TV interviews. Now I know I can do it.
On the second day the book is officially for sale it is Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #373,390 in Books (that far from the top). Every book goes on Amazon's "best-seller" list. It changes from day to day. I ranked in the 3 millions -- from the top -- ten days ago, before the release date. Someday I'll be under 300,000th; I guarantee it. (Can you imagine being in the top 100 -- or even in the top 1,000?) FYI, here's the link:
Albert Rayner Terry-- You have 1 sale of the book! I'm really excited for you and will read your book because I respect the experiences that you have had in your journey with the Lord.
Shane Hayes Author Thank you, Al. Delighted you'll read it. Bill just got his copy in the mail yesterday.
Alex Pohl Got mine today. Max and I are going to read it together. Be afraid!
Shane Hayes Author Wow! A father and son team. I've never had that kind of reader before. I AM afraid.
Shane Hayes Author P.S. I've had some pre-pub readers over the last couple of years, but none Max's age (17). He'll be the youngest reader yet. That's great, because I hope the book will be read not only by the adult world but also on college campuses -- and even at some advanced high schools. I just read a book by an acquaintance with a nationally known atheist blog. His last book was written mainly for high school students. I can't leave the field to him.
Wayne Dunlap That is really cool! You are on your way. So far, 2 comments on Amazon gave you 5 stars each. NICE!
Shane Hayes Author Thanks, Wayne. We're not off the ground yet, but some nice things have happened. I feel encouraged today.
Wayne Dunlap Terrific that you have started off on a good foot. All the best!
Karen Louise Krok This is awesome!