I'm writing to you today for a different kind of reason today. I hope you don't mind. And it's storytelling related.
I have a book coming out on June 12. It's my first nonfiction title, and I'm excited and nervous.
- Excited because I've wanted this book to exist for a long time.
- Nervous because it's a departure from my fiction. Something new. I don't want to fail miserably.
I need your help.
The book is entitled Storyworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life through the Power of Storytelling. It is a book about the art and craft of storytelling.
Part instructional guide, part memoir.
It's written for everyone, because over the past four years, I've discovered that everyone can utilize storytelling to their advantage.
- People who want to perform at The Moth or a similarly styled storytelling show
- Salespeople who want to connect with their customers
- Presenters who want to connect and engage audiences
- Ministers, priests and rabbis
- Teachers, professors, and therapists
- Yoga instructors, cooking instructors, and camp counselors
- TV, radio, and podcast personalities
- College and job Interviewees
- Real estate agents
- Nonprofit leaders and professional fundraisers
- Politicians and activists
- Archivists, museum docents, and curators
- Grandparents who want their grandchildren to listen to them
- People looking to get beyond the first date
- Folks looking to make new friends or simply become more interesting
All of these people and more have taken my workshops to learn to tell a better story
A woman once attended a workshop because she wanted to make friends at work but couldn't seem to get anyone's attention. "I will never stand on a stage and tell a story. I just want to tell a better story at the cafeteria table."
Not only did storytelling help her make friends at work, but she went on to perform in our storytelling show and now tells stories as part of her job.
I've written this book for everyone. No matter who you are or what you do, storytelling can help you.
A few testimonials:
"I laughed, gasped, took notes, and carried this book around like a dear friend—because that's exactly what a Storyworthy book should be. As a novelist, I've studied my craft in countless ways, but never before have I seen its marrow revealed with such honest, approachable charisma. Matthew Dicks has written a perceptive companion for every person who has a story to tell—and don't we all?" — SARAH McCOY, New York Times and international bestselling author of Marilla of Green Gables and The Baker's Daughter
“Matthew Dicks is dazzling as a storyteller and equally brilliant in his ability to deconstruct this skill and make it accessible for others.” ― David A. Ross, MD, PhD, program director, Yale Psychiatry Residency Training Program
"Offers countless tips, exercises, and examples to get you on your way to better stories. Anyone who wants to take the stage, become a better writer, or simply tell better stories at Thanksgiving, will benefit from Storyworthy.” ― Jeff Vibes, filmmaker
See? Seemingly intelligent, presumably real people endorse the book. If they like it, you will, too.
And now... how can you help:
1. Preorder the book. Preorders help to determine the size of the first printing and increase my chances of getting noticed right out of the gate. The book is currently available for about $10 via preorder. Please consider purchasing now and having it arrive on your doorstep in June. Buy a bushel, in fact. Give it as a gift. A graduation present. An awkward, unexpected projectile. I've been told that every time you preorder the book, an angel gets its wings. I don't know if that's true, but let's find out.
You can preorder on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or at your favorite indie bookstore. You can use these links below:
2. Tell your friends, colleagues, acquaintances, neighbors, and enemies about the book. Ask them to preorder. Share the links on social media. If you know of someone whose company or school or university might be interested in the book, pass on this information. Any and all buzz would be appreciated.
Thanks so very much for your support. It means the world to me. Truly. Every writer needs readers and every storyteller needs an audience.
You have been remarkable in both regards.