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I started The Infinite Jeff about twelve years ago. It’s a four-part series with three parts published. It has taken a massive amount of work and patience to write, edit, and publish the three parts over those twelve years. Marketing it is a totally different skill set but, for a self-published author, this is a skill set they must learn or pay for.
Bit by bit, I learned things and got better at figuring out how to help people find my writing. But, in the end, it is the readers who are driving the sales. People telling others about it, people buying multiple copies because they’re driven to share it, people loving it so much they give it as birthday or Christmas presents.
If you watch the bestseller lists, there are books that come and go. They are entertaining, have their moment, and fade away. Then there are books like Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Illusions, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Siddhartha, The Alchemist, To Kill a Mockingbird, and so many more, that capture something critical about our world, and they never fade away. In a lot of ways, The Infinite Jeff is about those books. Jeff, the name sake of the series, continually gives people books because he knows the power these books have to define and transform our world.
The Infinite Jeff is not just about those books, it is one of them. Some people say it is idealistic and I take that as high praise. It is the idealistic books that paint a picture of the world we could create. It isn’t until we see other possibilities that we can start working to turn ideas into reality.
So, after twelve years of hard work and emotional turmoil, The Infinite Jeff (TIJ) reached #1 on Amazon’s best seller list for Ecumenism. To be honest, I didn’t know what ecumenism meant until I started researching categories to add TIJ to. But, after I learned the word, it was the perfect category for TIJ to be #1 in because “inner faith cooperation” is the only way our world will move past the barriers holding us back.
Reaching number #1 was a goal but not the end goal. This is just the beginning. Now it’s time for us to Invite the Change.