Most of the stories in this book were previously
published under the title A Life Spent
That book didn't sell as well as I would have liked, and I wanted to know why.
other books, Eight Days in Africa
Deer Hunter's Devotional
, sold quite
well in both the eBook market and in their paperback incarnations, so why
didn't A Life Spent Afield
I asked my readers that question in a blog post on
Several visitors to my site
replied and told me that there were two basic problems with
Interestingly, the content of
the book itself was great, they told me.
The problems were actually at what would seem to be a more superficial
First, the title itself made the book sound like
Ok, that's a fair
While the stories in the book
were indeed autobiographical in the sense that they told stories from my life
in the outdoors, the book is far removed from an autobiography.
So I made a bad choice on the name.
After all, who wants to read an autobiography
written by someone that they most likely have never even heard of?
Second, the photograph on the cover was not one
that conveyed the true content of the book.
I made the mistake of choosing a photo that showed a close-up of some
sepia-tinted stalks of wheat.
didn't seem to speak to the sportsmen who came across the book; it just failed
to convey that this was a book about hunting.
While aesthetically pleasing, it never appealed to my target audience in
In fact, I actually experimented with the cover a
little bit on the eBook version.
of the close-up of the wheat, I used a picture of a hunter holding a shotgun,
pointing it at some unseen bird flying through the sky.
Sales went up after that, but only
I was disappointed that they didn't go up more than they did, and I decided to let it be, but in the
back of my mind that nagging disappointment never really went away.
Because the stories in this book are for the most part pretty good, and
I always hated the fact that not many people were reading them.
And so, what you have in your hands is the
repackaged version of A Life Spent Afield
I've updated several of these stories to
bring them up to date and have done a bit minor editing on others.
The other big change to the book is the addition
of a handful of my favorite wild game recipes.
Over the years, one of the most popular sections of my website has been
the recipes, so I've chosen to include several of the best ones in this
I encourage you to give them a
try; I don't think you'll be disappointed.