Dear friends, acquaintances, contacts, and other sundry excellent people whom I’ve come to know throughout the years —
First of all, let me apologize for the massive, seemingly impersonal nature of this e-mail. Many of you already know about this news I’m sharing with you, while some of you have yet to be informed (much to my dismay). It’s just that all of the information hasn’t been supplied in just the right frame of reference at the correct juncture in time.
It’s this simple – during the course of 2010, I happened to write a collection of 50 short stories (micro-fiction, to be technical about the genre), all of which are tied together into one coherent theme. Late in 2010, a small boutique publisher happened upon this story cycle of mine, as I was posting it on Tumblr – http://ifthisparkinglotcouldspeak.tumblr.com. Lo and behold, these fine people were actually interested in publishing my stories in actual paperback form! I was suitably excited, though I didn’t quickly share this news with everyone for fear of jinxing the process.
Thus, during the early part of 2011, I buckled down and went through a series of edits, both of my own behest and with the help of my wife and the publisher’s editor. In late April, the book was sent off to the publisher, and in late May, my book became available for publish. Yes, yours truly, is a published author with an actual book under his belt. The story cycle bears the title “If This Parking Lot Could Speak” – and those of you who have ever worked retail, customer service, or in the restaurant industry will find that they greatly relate to and connect with the characters in the story.
The point of my long, rambling e-mail is this: I would really love it if you went to my publisher’s website and purchased a copy of my book. I know that this comes across as rather selfish and self-serving, but I’m really excited about the book, and I’d love for you to read it. Here is the necessary link – http://substancevsstyle.com/?p=493 – and you will make the purchase through PayPal.
For my Houston, TX area friends, I do hope to procure a decent amount of these sometime in the future for a release party (so that you can buy them in person), but until then, the link will have to suffice.
Ultimately, thanks to all of you for being part of my life in some shape, size, form, or fashion. Many of you have been MORE than instrumental in my development, and many of you have just been awesome people in general. Thanks for all of your support and friendship throughout the years!
Thanks in advance for buying If This Parking Lot Could Speak!
Adam P. Newton