Jeremy J. Jones – Stranded in Thought

July 23, 2009

Learning by Discovery

Filed under: Non-Fiction,Opinion,Thoughts — Jeremy @ 3:49 pm

I had one of the most interesting experiences of my life today. I learned the name of a best-selling author, Joseph Finder. I’d never heard of him before (I’m behind the curve in the literary world, but coming up as quickly as I can). But that’s not the point.

What shocked me is how I learned of him. It wasn’t from a bookstore, or Amazon, nor did I see him on any of his television interviews in the last month.

I learned of him today because he started following me on Twitter.

I’ve had a lot of new followers this week, thanks to Lorenzo, The American Poet, of Crowned With Laurels. He listed me – and many others – in a recommendation to his followers, and we all started connecting. Things took off from there. My number of followers increased more than threefold, and most likely through one of those links, Mr. Finder found me. (I’ve yet to ask him, but I will.)

It’s fascinating how small the world is becoming via tools like Twitter. Not only was I introduced to a best-selling author, whose new book I will buy based on his pitch, but he was introduced to me.

Simply incredible. As we all get closer together, I can’t help but wonder what it all might mean.

It makes ideas swirl in my head, so I can see myself taking Finder’s advice and “just [writing] the damned book already”.

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3 Comments »

  1. I’ve been following Joe for quite some time, and have read (and reviewed), I think, all of his books. I also follow another author, Harlen Coben, another of my favorites, thanks to watching Joe’s tweets.

    The cool thing about following those two authors is that I feel closer to them; they are much more than just a picture on a jacket or a name on a shelf. And because of that, they have me as reader for life.

    Blogging is one thing, but Twitter is something else entirely. And, from what I can tell from his tweets, Joe (and Harlen) is a guy I would happily have beers with. πŸ™‚

    Comment by Gregg Eldred — July 23, 2009 @ 4:10 pm

  2. I agree, Gregg. Whenever someone follows me, I check them out. If they’re a writer, or poet, or some other literary-type person, I usually follow them as well.

    If they have a website, I check that out. Joe’s is great. This led me to a number of other resources about him, one of which being his interview about his latest book. He just seems like a down to earth guy who writes great stories, and would be a great person to have a beer with.

    So I’m adding him to my reading list, and he’ll probably stay there forever.

    Comment by Jeremy — July 23, 2009 @ 4:15 pm

  3. Ditto is all I can say πŸ˜€

    Comment by Merle Gornick — July 24, 2009 @ 12:40 pm


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