iUniverse introduces Joe S. Bullock and his book, Walking with Herb: a Spiritual Golfing Journey to the Masters. Joe’s novel focuses on the importance of faith and determination, set against the backdrop of the sport of golf.
Please briefly describe your book . . .
My book, Walking with Herb, a Spiritual Golfing Journey to the Masters, is humorous, spiritual book, aimed at making readers more aware of their God-given potential. The basic plot is how God uses a very ordinary 63-year old man to prove to the world that all things are possible, by inspiring this ordinary man to play in the Master’s golf tournament.
Do you have any particular literary influences that have helped you develop in your genre, subject and style?
I have been a life-long Christian, and was a competitive golfer in my youth. A few years ago, I wrote a story about my Dad, which was published in Golf Digest. Writing a book has always been on my bucket list, and the Golf Digest experience gave me the confidence to finally give it a try.
What inspired you to write your book, and how long did it take you to finish it?
For years, I have observed so many people just going through the motions of life. One “groundhog day” after another. I wanted to tell a story that would influence people to live more confidently and creatively. As a young golfer, I used to fantasize about playing in the masters. The book was a double dip…I got to send my message and fulfill part of my Masters fantasy at the same time.
It took well-over two years of throwing ideas into a folder, and then assembling them into a book. I have a 50-60 hour a week job as president of a small bank, so most of the book was written at night and on weekends.
What is the one message you would like to convey to your readers?
People are far more capable than they think they are. Don’t short-sell yourself.
Are you working on a sequel to your book?
I am throwing some ideas into a folder. I’m not sure if my next work will qualify as a sequel; it may go in another direction.
Are there any events, marketing ideas or promotions planned for your book?
I have a book signing scheduled at a local bookstore scheduled for November 7th. Our daily newspaper, the Las Cruces Sun News is featuring me as the “Artist of the Week” in this Sunday’s issue. Mulligan Magazine is looking at doing a story about my book in their next issue. I have signed up for the Publishers Weekly e-blast, the PW Religion Bookline E-blast, and the New York Sunday Times Book Review through iUniverse.
What was your favorite part of your publishing experience, overall and with iUniverse?
My absolute favorite part was the favorable response the book has received from well-known people, such as Mark Medoff, Craig T. Nelson, Bernhard Langer, Hal Sutton, Bill Rogers, Ken Blanchard, Charley Johnson, Dale Brown, and Lou Henson.
Finally, what advice would you give to aspiring authors?
The most important thing, is to JUST START! You can’t “eat the elephant” all in one bite, but if you don’t get started making small bites, you’ll never get it done. It is amazing how, once you get started, momentum begins to develop.
It was very helpful for me to obtain the endorsements from well-known people mentioned above. As an unknown author, this gave me credibility.
Make sure to check out Joe’s blog and newspaper reviews at https://walkingwithherb.wordpress.com/