Now available: My new book, A Place to Start

My book is out!

I’m excited to announce that my new book, A Place to Start: Stories and Essays from Down the Road, is now available!

I’ve published it in paperback, for Amazon Kindle, as an e-book compatible with most other e-readers, and as a PDF. Here’s where you can get it:

A Place to Start is available on Amazon worldwide, so if I didn’t link to your country above, search Amazon in your country for “A Place to Start Jim Grey.”

This book collects the best stories and essays from this blog’s first two years, 2007 and 2008. Those were hard years for me, personally, as I was rebuilding my life after my destructive first marriage ended horribly. I wanted to run away, but my two young sons needed me. I had to find a way to push through. Writing these stories and essays helped me make sense of all that had happened so that I could find a good path forward.

I’m not an optimist. I tend to dwell on the negative. Writing these stories and essays helped me find the good in things that happened. It’s why I keep writing — life can be genuinely hard sometimes, and finding the good helps me keep going.

Whenever I publish stories and essays, you tell me in the comments that you find them to be encouraging, and that they really connect with you. That’s really the nicest compliment you can give me! I’m glad to offer you something positive for your own life.

I’ve illustrated this book with the best photographs I could find, ones that relate well to each story and essay. They’re in black and white in the paperback, but in the electronic editions they’re all in color.

I hope you’ll pick up a copy for yourself. Again, here’s where you can get it:

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24 responses to “Now available: My new book, A Place to Start

  1. Gerald Greenwood Avatar

    I’m really enjoying the book, Jim. I’ve been reading a few stories with my morning coffee over the last two days. Thanks!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I’m so happy you like it!

  2. tcshideler Avatar

    Happy to say that this was my first ‘fun’ purchase after the first check at my new job. Really enjoying it. Thank you!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I’m honored and pleased!

  3. Ben Cotton Avatar

    My copy should arrive today! I’m really looking forward to it.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Excellent! Thank you, Ben!

  4. marcusterrypeddle Avatar

    I would normally buy the paperback, but international mail service is not that great these days so I bought the Kindle version. I use the Kindle application on my iPad so the photos show up very nicely. I’m looking forward to reading your stories.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Amazon isn’t really a thing in Korea, is it? Anyway, enjoy the book on your Kindle!

      1. marcusterrypeddle Avatar

        There’s no Amazon here, but there are plenty of similar sites for Korean products. Amazon will ship to Korea, but they use a courier that is really terrible. I gave up. When I want books I use Book Depository. Free shipping and no hassles.

        1. Jim Grey Avatar

          That’s funny because Book Depository is an Amazon company!

        2. marcusterrypeddle Avatar

          Strange, isn’t it? I didn’t see your book on Book Depository, by the way.

        3. Jim Grey Avatar

          I’m not sure how to get it listed there. I have much to figure out about making the book available beyond Amazon.

  5. Joe shoots resurrected cameras Avatar

    Congrats, Jim, I hope it’s a big success! I know that’s not why you made the book but still…

    I plan on buying a copy but the downside to something as impersonal as Amazon is that I won’t be able to have you autograph it for me. Have you ever thought of setting a webstore up for this site?

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      My Big Audacious Goal is to sell 500. But really, if only people who already read my blog buy it I’ll be fine, and I’ll do more books in the future.

      Because I’m doing print on demand it’s not like I have a stash of books here to sign and send. But maybe I can buy a quantity of them — I get them at printing cost — and do what you suggest.

      1. Joe shoots resurrected cameras Avatar

        I will buy regardless but it would be great to get one signed by you!

        1. Jim Grey Avatar

          I’m making a pass through the book to find typos — I’ve already fixed three. Then I’ll reupload the file to Amazon and order a number of author copies. If you’re willing to wait a little bit I’ll ping you when I get them and I’ll sign and sell you one direct!

  6. Sam Avatar

    Nice! Alright Jim my next paycheck I’m getting it!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I hope you enjoy it, Sam!

      1. Sam Avatar

        I’m sure I will Jim thanks!

  7. yuri rasin Avatar

    Congrats Jim! Looks like I found an early Christmas present for myself :)

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I hope you enjoy it when you get it!

  8. kennethwajda Avatar

    Congratulations on your new book, Jim. Very exciting that your work and words will be preserved for history in print form!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thank you! Here’s hoping lots of people enjoy it.

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