A possessed cheerleader. A cursed gang of criminals. Mysterious telekinetic powers. An angry ex-girlfriend in gym class? One second, sophomore in high school Ted endures his first breakup in his favorite place in town. The next, a mysterious blue light turns him into a worldwide superhero sensation for taking down a posse of grisly murderers. As his views on YouTube increase and his friend Dhiraj tries to capitalize on the marketing potential, his dangers increase as well when a presumed-dead cheerleader begins taking a personal interest. Can Ted survive his first week as a superhero in the public eye? This novella is the first taste in a series of full-length novels about the adventures of Ted Finley and Erica LaPlante. The book is also available on http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Ted-Saves-the-World/Bryan-Cohen/e/2940012806734">Barnes & Noble and http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/70092 ">Smashwords for $0.99.
Confidence in Your Imagination
By Bryan Cohen
Most people think that they need a degree or to have studied with some guru in order to become proficient at a particular subject. It's as if someone told them one day that anything that's worth its salt must have been passed down from generations and generations of learned brilliant people. This is one of those twisted viewpoints that comes from hundreds of years of formal education being praised as the pinnacle of all learning.
Unfortunately, I think that this diminishes the amount of confidence that people have in the power of their own imaginations. In one of the first fiction writing classes I ever had, the instructor told me that my style of writing was not conducive to fiction. At first, I believed him and concentrated my writing in other areas like film and play scripts. Years later, after getting into the self-publishing world, I realized that it didn't matter that I hadn't received my teacher's blessing. It mattered that I enjoyed writing and that other people might enjoy it as well.
Just because we haven't been certified in something or if we haven't taken a course in a certain field, it doesn't mean that we can't be extremely successful at it. Plenty of people who haven't finished college have become mega-billionaires using the power of their imagination and confidence. Some writers have been rejected dozens of times and then have become huge sensations like J.K. Rowling and more recently, Amanda Hocking, because they kept at it. They believed in themselves.
The important thing is not the certification or the degree. What is most important is having confidence that you can put out a good product that people will use or enjoy. If you have that, it's only a matter of time before you succeed.
Bryan Cohen is giving away four $25 Amazon gift cards, one for each week of his month long blog tour. To enter, simply comment with your e-mail address (feel free to substitute @ with (at) or other tricks to stop spammers from getting it). Bryan will draw the four names at the end of the tour, picking one entrant at random from each week’s set of blog posts. Entries will be counted through Monday, August 15th, 2011. Enter on as many sites as you want, follow the tour at http://www.build-creative-writing-ideas.com/blog-tour-for-ted.html;Build Creative Writing Ideas. If Ted reaches the Top 100 on Amazon at any point during the tour, a fifth $25 card will be added to the giveaway.