Strategic planning or something like that

Advertising_Strategies  Since my publisher has zero budget for marketing and advertising my ebook I have to be creative here to get the word out by myself. I’m using the tabloids to put it out there. I hate they write such lies and crap but at least my book is getting mentioned. It’s a wicked trade-off. I laugh every time I see them using some guy’s photo. It was a play on words using a photo and a soccer ball. A symbolic nod to the movie Castaway and the volleyball co-star, Wilson. Obviously that joke didn’t go over well. The poor guy, whoever he is, may not find it so funny at this point. Still funny to me. That’s why you shouldn’t screenshot something from a website and explain in your infinite wisdom what the author is saying. Instead, just ask. Don’t assume because the results make you look really stupid. Again, things that make me laugh in my very public life.

I have no dreams of becoming rich or famous at all. That’s not what I’m trying to achieve. I want my story, my truth, and my words to speak for me. Since there are so many others trying to explain who I am to anyone that will listen I’m choosing to release the first 5 pages of my book on here, for free. That should drum up enough interest for people to want to buy it.

It’s working. In the last 2 days I have sold over 500 more copies. That money isn’t staying in my pocket. I will donate it all to polygamy escape groups. I think we should go full circle on this thing. I hope you all understand escaping from a cult life like polygamy is both scary and financially devastating. You literally leave with whatever you can carry and the clothes on your back. I support anyone that wants to leave this lifestyle. I also support those that choose to stay. It’s their life, let them go as they wish. But I don’t know of any charities that help women or men in polygamy. Is there such a thing? If so, I will donate to them too. I like to keep things fair and balanced.

I hope ya’ll are having a great start to the new year. I know I am. I am in Las Vegas and having a great time with work and meeting new friends. It’s no longer hard to be here. I let all of the bad feelings and hurts go. I had to. God wants me to move past my mistakes. God wants me to show love and compassion. It took me a few months but I really am okay. I am no longer in love with Meri. Her words finally sank in. She was never going to leave to be with me. Which also means she never really loved me. That broke me. But it’s okay now. I’m glad she broke me. I guess at some point she was going to anyway. Better sooner than later? I am happy. I really am. I’m proud of dealing with all of this stuff with as much grace and dignity as I can. I pray for the moments of frustration that have found a voice in me. I also forgive myself for thinking I could love her with all of my heart and make her believe we could have a life together. That was really stupid. What the hell was I thinking? Lol

I hope you have enjoyed reading the first few pages of my book. It will be released soon. To answer the question I get daily, NO that is NOT the cover of my ebook. That is the most ridiculous cover art the publisher sent to me as a sample and I crack up laughing every time I see it. My cover is a lot simpler and better than that. Nice work whoever did this, you really need to be fired. It’s ridiculous. I guess you get what you pay for.

Is it Friday yet? I’m going to Seattle for the weekend. A friend of mine is getting married. I’m so excited to be with my friends. It’s been over 2 years since I’ve seen any of them. The bachelor party Friday night is going to be crazy. After having a crazy New Year’s eve I don’t know how much more partying I can take. Thank goodness I don’t drink alcohol. I would still be recovering.

Speaking of that I went hiking this past weekend. Man my legs were on fire. I woke up the next day like the old man I’m becoming. I thought to myself why did you hike in the canyon for over 2 hours, was it worth it now, big guy? Lol No! I’m in great shape but apparently not hiking shape.

I joined a local gym. I’ve been going after work at night. 5:30 to 7pm. I’m hitting the weight room hard. And doing a little boxing. I have never put on boxing gloves to work out before. I’ve been in a lot of fist fights but I found out my technique of just slugging the heck out of someone as hard as I can just doesn’t work on a big bag. It just makes your hand really sore. I’m a lefty so sparing with some other boxing guys is a huge advantage. I can slip a quick uppercut in there and they don’t see it coming. It also sucks because I am not set up to watch out for any hook shots that come back at me Lol Southpaw FTW!

I am happy. I’m in a good place. It’s nice to be back in Vegas. Work is going really well. Things are calm. I am enjoying the peace in my life. I love ya’ll, God loves you too. Have a great rest of this week!


About Samuel

Single dad of 4 beautiful kids, Heston & Alex my twin boys, and my daughters Peace and Sky. Dad of 2 angel babies in Heaven, Ryan and Talon. Divorced. Semi-retired app developer, business partner, Commercial Real estate investor, Chicago Bears & Chicago Cubs fan, vegan, lifelong Catholic, voting independent party member, guitar playing singer who owns a dog, and 2 cats. We live in beautiful Denver, Colorado. I started my first blog Janaury 1st, 2012. Official owner of and @NotBatmanYet Twitter account.
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  1. It looks like you are already rich and already very famous in the reality tv gossip bring on the next 5 pages and boost those sales 🙂

  2. When I do ask you about photos you always ignore it.

  3. Hi Sam- You are awesome! I am still laughing about the Walmart comment- you are hilarious! Thank you so much for answering- I will be buying the book for sure- Hope you have a great night! Catherine

  4. I really love your book so far. Can I ask you a few questions..Will there be pictures of Meri in your book? Have you seen or been tempted to visit Meri since you are in town right now? What happens if you run into any of the Brown family in Vegas? Also, in the Sister Wives tell-tale Raw Episode, Meri is standing at one point texting someone very intensely. We’re you too together at that point? She seemed so distracted from her family. Sorry for so many questions, but this is really getting interesting! Thanks again and hope to see you on TV someday with an interview so that everyone will finally know your side of the story. Take care Sam- Catherine

    • Yes her pictures and our pictures are in it. I have not seen her and have no desire to. She is fine she doesn’t need me anymore. I don’t run in the same social circle as any of them and I’m not a Walmart shopper so no chance I will run into any of them. We were together the entire season. The tell all we had broken up and the finale interview at the end. She was crying so hard because we had broken up 4 weeks before she taped that. She was still missing me at that point. I already did a tv interview.

  5. The Noetic Nomad

    Not the first week, no. I’ll be back in the City the 30th. It can wait until you make it up here. I’ll be around.

  6. I verified that our book clubs all purchased this book we are from the Netherlands and loves the show…I heard in the forum boards a lots of people internationally ordered too because they wants to know of catfish story…Is this American family real or is it not real? Our book clubs bought 25 and 41 copies of the book each I knows that part is true of Samuel…Thanks you when the book coming to us thanks

  7. Sam! I am so proud of you for donating to the rescue groups! This is such an important thing. I know you know how important that is to me, but I just had to publicly say how proud I am of you and that you can let the haters hate. It will just blow up on them. You are sowing love and compassion, they are breeding hate, we all know what happens with that.

    • Hey sweetheart. Will you still be in Florida the first week of February. I have to stay on the west coast until then but next month I can come down and buy you that dinner I owe you for helping me with my book. I know how much escaping polygamy groups mean to you. You are a huge reason I’m donating it to them.

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