A few weeks ago I did something that stunned most of my readers. I gave away Kindle copies of my memoir One Boy’s Struggle.
I teamed up with Story Cartel to give away free copies in exchange for readers’ reviews. That’s it. Nothing more.
And you know what happened?
One Boy’s Struggle became the second most downloaded book for Story Cartel EVER!
Pretty cool for a book about ADHD, don’t you think?
But something even more unexpected happened.
Most the reviews posted on Amazon for the free copy were by people who do not have ADHD. Go ahead, click here to check for yourself. I was surprised to say the least.
Nearly all the reviewers who don’t have ADHD agreed that they learned the shocking truth about ADHD:
IT IS REAL.
One of the non-ADHD reviewers was so taken with the story and the reality of ADHD she wrote a review not only on Amazon, but also wrote one that was published on Splickety Magazine.
Here’s a quote from her review:
In the past, I had my own skepticism. I had seen many unruly children whose parents didn’t seem to care enough to correct their bad behavior. After all, it’s sometimes much easier to place someone on medication than to get to the root of the problem.
Then, I read the memoir One Boy’s Struggle, Surviving Life With Undiagnosed ADD by Bryan Hutchinson… If you are a skeptic, it will cause you to think differently about people with ADD/ADHD. – Joan Hall
On behalf of the ADHD community I thank you, Ms. Hall.
If giving away my memoir changed the minds of some skeptics, then it was more than worth it.
My original goal for publishing One Boy’s Struggle was to help at least one person with ADHD realize he or she is not alone.
But changing the minds of skeptics?
That’s a bonus I’ll take any day of the week. Wouldn’t you?
Maybe sometime down the road I’ll offer free copies of one of my print books again. If you were one of the many who downloaded a free Kindle copy of One Boy’s Struggle and took a moment of your time to review it on Amazon, I thank you.
Hey, your review may change the minds of a skeptics and get them to read my memoir.
Pretty cool. Don’t you think?
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