I was at an event yesterday beaming with pride as I stood behind the table of life-changing books we published this year. As one individual browsed the table I chimed in with my tremendous elevator pitch about how Tremendous Life Books was the leading publisher of motivational, inspirational, and personal-development material. The browser took a sweeping and critical look across the perfectly-staged books and responded, “Oh, you don’t have any fun ones.”
Interesting; certainly not a response I was expecting. I’ve been called a lot of things in my life, but “not fun” was never one of them. It’s true that we don’t have the bodice-ripping, gun-shooting, car-wrecking, blood-sucking, wand-waving, heavy-breathing fiction that litters the bestseller lists; but we’ve got books written by dogs
for crying out loud! How fun is that? We’ve published a plethora of books on the importance of humor
in communication. Oscar Wilde said, “If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they'll kill you.”
You see, I believe that reading is a lot like sex. If you’re not having fun, you’re
not doing it right. Forget about the job and the marriage. You’re the only thing you truly have in the world so you’d better learn to have a good time finding ways to make yourself the best and most highly-motivated version of yourself can possibly be! Then, and only then, can you fully enjoy personal and professional relationships to the max.
Hey, I like fiction too. Science fiction is my preferred genre. But I can’t live on it. The fantasy leaves me feeling empty and wanting more when I wake up the next day. Personal development books, on the other hand, make me feel like we’re in a lifelong commitment together. They have meat on their bones and give me something strong to hold on to, not just a good time. They are my soul books
and let me know I’m amazing. They say the mind is the sexiest thing on a man or a woman, so why not take some time to work on that and have some real
Thank you so much Mary! I appreciate your comments on our staff, our selection, and my pack of hounds:-)
Sort of interesting that someone would come to that event and be looking for fiction. I find all I need at the library – finding books on better ways to accomplish something is a little bit harder and you and your staff know the good ones! By the way, I think you’re fun, you have a fun store with dogs no less.