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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Book Sales and Brook's debut on TV at the Legos Display

The book is doing well.  Thank you so much for the great response!  It has been fun!

Over the course of deciding to give it a go and actually seeing it to completion, my main thought was, “Writing this book is a hobby -- let's not get too complicated.  Let’s see if we can actually get across the finish line.”

Having said that -- my goals are changing a little bit and you can help!
Its never too late to post a 5 star review on Amazon about the Wonder of RV Living! đŸ˜³
If you are inclined to do so, that would be great!!

Meanwhile, we are climbing up the ranks on the Amazon Bestseller List:
I didn’t really know what to look at but this is a quick snapshot.  I am pretty sure we were at 432,000 in Books, so we are climbing up the list!
Also - if you are considering writing a book, I highly recommend it.  It has been fun!  It took a long time but I find the whole process intriguing.

It reminds me of an earlier hobby I had -- making custom to fit golf clubs.

Back in the 1990’s I caught the bug and started putting them together and was shipping sets of clubs to England, Hawaii, California, Tennessee, New Mexico, Texas and Colorado.  It was a learning process too, and I loved the mystery of it all.  I learned about suppliers and marketing and a whole host of other things.

This book-writing reminds me of that in many ways.  Apparently one has to have a marketing plan with a Book Launch to propel sales at the start.  Maybe we’ll do that for Vol 2 "Full-timing-Our First 7 Months on the Road.’  I’m looking for a Spring release on that one.  Stay tuned.
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Now on to other fun stuff.  The boys have had a couple of up and down weeks.  Mostly up but with the winter season, there have been some colds and worse.  First the fun stuff.

The weather here in the Norfolk/Virginia Beach area has been pretty mild.  It has had some 70+ degree days and now there is snow in the forecast.  Early last week the boys and Kelly, Pam and I went to the Botanical Gardens in Norfolk to see the Legos displays.
 The boys came well-prepared with their scooters to zip around the walkways.  After a few hundred yards, we came upon the 12 displays that were impressive.  Each display depicted gardening or animals and birds that one would find at he gardens.
 I really liked the fact that it also had information on how many Legos it took for the display and how many hours it took to build it.
 The boys accommodated the photographer from time to time.
 Near the end we saw the hummingbird and then went to another display.
While there, a videographer from a local TV station asked if they could film Brooks.  Just like that, he was added to the list of kids at the gardens who got to say a few words.

Brooks had a few words to start off the clip. There is a brief look at Pam and Kelly and Harry and Brooks walking.  Have to be quick to see it.

The last couple of weeks have flown by!  Hope you and yours are well and if you haven’t taken a look you can check out the book on Amazon here.

Thanks for joining us on this edition of the Roadrunner Chronicles!


Thursday, February 6, 2020

A Finish Is a Win!

Back in the day when I was a runner, I remember lining up for my first marathon and everyone was talking about how “A finish is a win.”  They were so right!  I took what I hoped was going to be a six-month project and turned it into an almost 3 year effort.

32 years later I finished another marathon of sorts ~ my first book is out!  We finished the “The Wonder of RV Living” and navigated the process to get it online at Amazon.com.  (If you forget the book title, just put “Randy Warner” in the search bar.)


During those almost three years I had a lot of help.  I read a lot of blogs and the notion of getting friends to proof-read the manuscript was something I decided to do.  Surprisingly quite a few people said they’d do it and I’d like to thank:

  • Allisanne
  • Bonar
  • Dave
  • Don
  • Gerri
  • Kris
  • Stephanie
  • Sue
  • Wes
The gist of Vol 1 is all the planning and preparation that went into taking the leap.  Why did we do it?  How did we do it? What about this and what about that?....questions, questions and then more questions. 

I purposely kept it under 200 pages and this only goes into the two years leading up to us deciding to go for it and then the first few months on the road.  

That’s all for now.  I hope to publish 2 more volumes this year - we will see about that. Thanks for joining us on the Roadrunner Chronicles!