Shameless Plug Day!
As we near the end of the alphabet, and the April A to Z blog challenge winds down, I found myself struggling to choose a topic for the letter U. Suddenly it dawned on me; I could blog about Unexpected Texas, the book I wrote thanks to the great response I got to last year’s April A to Z blog posts.
So, let’s just call today “shameless plug day!”
Why did I Write Unexpected Texas?
Shortly after moving to north Texas in the fall of 2009, I began writing travel articles about the Dallas – Fort Worth Metroplex. It was a lot of fun, but the outlets I wrote for were only interested in mainstream tourist advice.
Meanwhile, I kept digging up offbeat and overlooked places that weren’t in any travel guides. I love quirky history and unusual places, but I had trouble getting editors interested. I toyed with the idea of writing a book with all the info I had acquired, but I wasn’t sure that readers would be interested.
April A to Z Inspiration
That’s where the April A to Z Challenge comes in. My topic last year was “quirky Texas,” and the response I got to my posts was very encouraging. This was reinforced by my blog stats, which even now point out that I’m not the only person interested in offbeat and overlooked travel destinations and quirky Texas lore.
Unexpected Texas: An Amazon Best Seller
By September, I decided to buckle down and write a book on the topic. I released Unexpected Texas on March 2, 2014 (Texas Independence Day, y’all!) and shortly after, it became an Amazon Best Seller, hitting the number one slot for Dallas – Fort Worth Travel as you can see in the image above.
I’m delighted to report that native Texans who have vetted the book all tell me that they find places in it that they have never heard of before!
Plus, I’m told that Unexpected Texas is a fun read even if you have no plans to travel to the Lone Star State. As one Amazon reviewer put it, Unexpected Texas is: “…not only informational, but a hoot to read even if you aren’t from around Texas”
What Exactly is in Unexpected Texas?
If you would like a taste of some of the quirky goodness included in my offbeat travel guide Unexpected Texas, here are a few blog posts that are about places included in the book:
…and much, much more! To check it out in more detail and/or buy a copy for yourself, check out Unexpected Texas at Amazon.com.
Here’s How You Can Win a Copy of Unexpected Texas
1. Leave a comment on my blog – either on this post or another one.
2. Tweet about this post. Make sure you include my Twitter name @TuiSnider so I see the tweet, and please include the hashtags #atozchallenge and #unextex.
3. Sign up for my infrequent-but-interesting newsletter, which can be found in the upper right hand side of my blog. See it up there in the sidebar?
Of course, anyone who does all 3 of the above tasks ups their chances of winning and also earns my undying gratitude!
At the end of the April A to Z blog challenge, three lucky people (a commenter, a tweeter, and a newsletter signer-upper) will each win a copy of my offbeat travel guide Unexpected Texas.
Thanks again for all your support. It means a lot to me! :D