Last week I told you about some big changes on the horizon for my business — transitioning my company name from "Great Resources for Coaches" to "SlamDunk Success" — and also upgrading my website and course platforms to go along with the change. This will allow me to better serve the different audiences in my various endeavors.
One other major change that is coming will be in my writing. You may have guessed it by the subject line of this post/email. I am now venturing into the world of fiction! That's right... I am writing and publishing fictional stories.
I have always wanted to write fiction. And through the years I have written a bit of it. But I never felt like any of it was good enough to publish.
I have written two novels over the course of the past year that I will be publishing in the next few months (hopefully!) The first one is done and in the final editing and logistics stage.
The basic story of the second one is complete, too, but I am going back in and strengthening characters and developing other storylines and deleting scenes that aren't needed.
And I am in the middle of writing a short prequel to both of them that will introduce the backstory and a few of the main characters for the rest of the series.
I am planning on it being a series with anywhere from 4-8 books. They will each focus on various lessons and themes for athletes/students, as well as for coaches/teachers/parents.
The series will follow a young man named Remington Roberts. In the first full-length novel of the series, Remington is just starting his junior year basketball season at his school in the fictional town of Discovery, Montana. He is a good student, good kid, and the kind of player we would all want to coach - the ultimate team player.
Remington has an extremely talented teammate named Cade Clemons who is a senior. Cade is considered by many people to be the best player on the team. However, Cade lacks the same "team player" mentality that Remington has. He is selfish, spoiled, and jealous of Remington. (What could possibly go wrong here?!)
We also meet Del Brooks, the young coach trying to lead the team to success by bringing them together. The problem is that Cade has his own definition of success, and he doesn't always see eye-to-eye with Del, Remington, or the rest of his teammates.
Finally, we meet Remington's closest friend, Jenny Jones, for whom Remington is starting to feel a lot of different feelings than he had ever felt in the past. Little does he know that Jenny is starting to feel the same way, too. Will their feelings start to derail Remington's success and his future?
I would imagine we have all met and dealt with people in our own lives much like the characters I have just described. You will see in these stories some of the same people and scenarios you have faced. You will also see ideas on different ways to deal with them.
The first book will focus on the struggles, conflicts, and clashes that Remington, Cade, Del, and the rest of the team go through as they make their way through the season trying to achieve their goal of getting to the state tournament. It also touches on a boy and girl coming to grips with their own changing feelings during the extremely uncertain time of adolescence. That situation will be developed more fully in Book 2 of the series.
I have loved writing and developing these stories into the books they are becoming. One of the reasons I loved writing them so much is that in these books, I teach a lot of the same lessons that I teach with my classes, teams, non-fiction books, posts, videos, presentations, and podcast episodes in the "real" world of life. However, in these books, I am doing so in fictional stories.
I went through so many different emotions while writing them because I have lived many of those same kinds of emotions teaching, coaching, and parenting kids.
Another thing I loved was sitting down each day to see where the characters would take me. While I had general ideas on themes I wanted to present throughout the stories, most days I would sit down to write not knowing what I would write that day and what the characters would do. I just let them do it, and usually, when I was done writing that day, I was not disappointed with where they took me.
You won't be disappointed either when you read them.
In the coming weeks, I will be posting a few of the early chapters of the first book for all of you to read. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed writing them.
If you would like a FREE copy of the first full-length book of the series, you can get one by becoming a member of my ARC (Advance Review Copy) Launch Team of readers.
In return, I will ask you to let me know of any typos that need fixing or anything else that may need to be tweaked. Most importantly, I will ask you to write an honest review of the book on Amazon when it is released in November.
Next week I will start putting together that ARC Team of readers. If you are interested in reading the book for free by being part of the ARC team, I will be asking you to sign up at that time.
Once we have the finishing touches of the final proof version that will go out to the ARC team complete, I will send the ARC Team a link to download the eBook version of it.
I just mentioned the "finishing touches of the final proof" of the book. Two things we have to finish are really important. One is the cover. We are working on creating a dynamic cover, and I may be asking for your input on that later.
The other thing is the title. I am trying to come up with a title for the book that grabs the reader and says, "You've got to read this book!"
The entire series will end up being called something along the lines of "The Remington Roberts Series" or "Remington Roberts Novels" or something like that.
But each book will have its own focus, and I want to come up with a great title for each. Book 1 is about the importance of players displaying a team-first attitude if they are going to succeed and how one player's selfishness can ruin the chances for that success.
I have created a survey that lists six potential titles for the first book in the series. Please take thirty seconds to tell me which title you think is the best one.
Thanks in advance for your help. I can't wait to bring you this new series of stories!