Jim Flynn is a humorist, writer and novelist. He is available for speaking engagements. To contact email: email@example.com
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Sales of my golf books always take off during the gift giving season. I guess people search through Amazon looking for a presents for that hard-to-buy-for golfer on their list and alight on Hit Your Second Shot First, my consistent best seller, followed by The 10 Greatest Golfers of All Time.
At least one person, somewhere in the world, buys Hit Your Second Shot First every day. Other days are better.
The amazing thing to me is how fast the books reach their destination. There's no inventory of my books, Amazon uses a technology called: Print on Demand. The books are printed in distribution centers around the world, the day they are ordered, then shipped. A book ordered for delivery in California is printed in California, and frequently is delivered the next day! As far as I know, no human touches the book until the package is opened by the recipient.
The vehicle pictured is not in the Amazon delivery fleet, it is a Morris Minor station wagon. My grandfather had two Morris Minor convertibles that he bought at the same time, one to drive, the other for parts. Much of his time on weekends was spent fiddling with the finicky, unreliable, yet cool to look at cars. Pop, not a man of means, repainted the better of the two vehicles by hand, using a brush! It looked pretty good, as long as you stood at least ten feet away! As a kid I secretly hoped to get the Morris Minor convertible when I turned 16, but both vehicles had long since hit the junk yard.
Next week I'll talk about my continuing saga on the JR Johnson books.
If you're looking for a gift for a golfer, please take a look at: www.amazon.com/dp/B09CGMTCBQ
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I'm warning the guy who owns this vehicle: Do not leave the keys in it. I might take it.
I have some property I take care of and I'm always on the lookout for new equipment.
If this photo is real, the above has to be the greatest all-time use of an Edsel. I'm skeptical, but hoping this multi-tasking contraption is genuine.
I know a man who is a successful author, he's had books made into movies and several books that have sold over a million copies. He states that in today's publishing environment he must spend an hour marketing for every hour he writes, and recently he's started his own publishing house, so he's literally packing books in boxes for shipping.
I can relate to the Edsel/Bucket Loader/Backhoe. Multi-tasking is my middle name. But to paraphrase Hyman Roth in Godfather II, "this is the business I've chosen."
If you haven't read my latest book, The Circle of Awareness, please take a look:
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Okay, okay guys, you're not the model for Jimmy Sizemore, and neither is Pierce Brosnan, Josh Brolin, Burt Reynolds, Harrison Ford, Peter O'Toole, or Larry-the guy in my golf league. And it's not my old friend Keith, pictured above.
Here's the story: Shaun Hutchinson, the artist I was working with kept coming up with drawings of Jimmy that I wasn't satisfied with. I have learned not to settle. Shaun was very frustrated with me, and finally he gave my instructions to an AI text-to-image program that created the version of Jimmy Sizemore used on the cover.
I got a lot of feedback on the final chapter of The Circle of Awareness, and I changed it to a much kinder, friendlier version. If you received the original version and would like to change it out let me know. If you got the Kindle version, I can send you a PDF.
If you haven't gotten The Circle of Awareness yet, get it today!
It is now suitable as a gift if you have friends with a wise guy, or wise gal, sense of humor.