From the Author
I asked my readers that question in a blog post on my website. Several visitors to my site replied and told me that there were two basic problems with the book. 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 level.
First, the title itself made the book sound like an autobiography. Ok, that's a fair point. 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. This 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 the slightest.
In fact, I actually experimented with the cover a little bit on the eBook version. Instead 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 slightly. 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.
Why? 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 book. I encourage you to give them a try; I don't think you'll be disappointed.