How things started. 

Before I had a book or a blog or any of that stuff, I posted stories on Facebook.

And as you probably know, Facebook will occasionally bring up one of your old posts and ask if you would like to share an old memory. Those can be fun.

This was from January 2013. In August 2013 I put out my first book.

Friends who read my posts kept saying I should write a book. I didn’t think anybody would be interested and I wasn’t sure I had enough material anyway.

Just wanted to show you what my thought process was at the time. 


So I looked around online and tried to figure out how many pages – how many words, really – are in a novel, to see if I had enough material and also to see if I thought I’d even be able to come up with enough stuff to fill a book. 
From what I’ve seen, about 80,000 words make a book, sometimes more and sometimes less. So I went throuh and took a few of my Savvy Stories and tried to see how many words are in them; MS Word actually does a word count for you, so the two stories I selected, both kinda short, had about 1500 words each. 
Some quick math says 80,000 / 1,500 = 53 stories.
Yeah, I definitely have 53 stories. I probably have 53 already written, just not all fleshed out like they’ll need to be for a book. And fleshing them out is a lot of fun because I get to relive the moment.
Okay, I’ll do it.

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International bestselling author Dan Alatorre has 17 titles published in over a dozen languages. From Romance in Poggibonsi to action and adventure in the sci-fi thriller The Navigators, to comedies like Night Of The Colonoscopy: A Horror Story (Sort Of) and the heartwarming and humorous anecdotes about parenting in the popular Savvy Stories series, his knack for surprising audiences and making you laugh or cry - or hang onto the edge of your seat - has been enjoyed by audiences around the world. And you are guaranteed to get a page turner every time. “That’s my style,” Dan says. “Grab you on page one and then send you on a roller coaster ride, regardless of the story or genre.” Readers agree, making his string of #1 bestsellers popular across the globe. He will make you chuckle or shed tears, sometimes on the same page. His novels always contain twists and turns, and his nonfiction will stay in your heart forever. Dan resides in the Tampa area with his wife and daughter. You can find him blogging away almost every day on www.DanAlatorre or watch his hilarious YouTube show every week Writers Off Task With Friends. Dan’s marketing book 25 eBook Marketing Tips You Wish You Knew has been a valuable tool for new authors (it’s free if you subscribe to his newsletter) and his dedication to helping other authors is evident in his helpful blog.

2 thoughts on “How things started. 

  1. Cool. I feel that if more people would simply try, they would find that they too, could write a book. Even if it was only to say that they did. Because, in reality, there are so many different types of books out there, you can’t hardly get it wrong. Look at you, you did it and now you are kicking butt and taking names!

  2. Dan, you’re an inspiration, as always!! Those were my thoughts exactly when I wanted to turn my blog into a book- not enough material, who would want to read it etc. Thanks for doing it first!! Now I’m following in your footsteps. PS You write a book/week it seems. I’ll be doing no such thing. LOL.

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