A Texas man turned a bestselling writer in a single day after a TikTok video exhibiting him promoting his debut e-book at a grocery retailer was seen over 17.5 million instances.
Shawn Warner, an Military veteran turned pediatric psychological well being employee earlier than changing into a software program engineer adopted his childhood dream and change into a author after he was laid off.
So Warner, 58, wrote his first e-book regardless of individuals at all times telling him, “You’ll be able to’t make a dwelling out of doing that,” in line with his web site.
Within the now-viral video, Warner was stationed with a number of of his books on show on the Texas Kroger when two males approached the writer, who sat alone, over the Fourth of July weekend.
“This new writer appeared tremendous defeated once I first walked previous him. So earlier than I left the shop, I made a decision to return,” the video textual content learn.
Warner sat in a foldable garden chair behind a white cloth-covered desk and defined the premise of his novel, “Leigh Howard And The Ghosts Of Simmons-Pierce Manor,” to the lads.
“It’s a few teenage woman who groups up with a ghost of a number of personalities to unravel the thriller of her mother and father’ homicide,” Warner mentioned.
As small discuss become a dialog, Warner’s facial expressions turned from right down to a big smile as the 2 strangers confirmed their curiosity within the e-book.
Jerrad Swearenjin, the person behind the digicam, defined to Warner that he did some “TikToking or what not so I believe I’m gonna get a second one, I’m gonna present it and see we are able to get you just a little love on there(sic).”
“In case you might simply signal it, that means it’s just a little extra private to whoever will get it,” Swearenjin requested Warner.
Warner had obtained solely two critiques on Amazon earlier than Swearenjin posted the video and rose to the highest of the retail website’s greatest vendor’s record.
“So yesterday on Amazon, he had two critiques and it’s his first e-book and now he’s a primary best-selling writer on Amazon,” Swearenjin mentioned throughout a telephone name in a second TikTok.
Swearenjin mentioned the rationale he recorded Warner within the first place was as a result of he “imagined all of the instances I labored so onerous and by no means acquired any recognition.”
“Right here’s a fellow neighbor that’s simply struggling and I simply wished to assist him out,” Swearenjin instructed WFAA after posting the video to his TikTok account “internetfamouslol.”
Whereas Warner’s e-book stays high of the record on Amazon, he can’t consider the celebrity that has come from one particular person’s small act of kindness.
“Simply to be good to some man sitting alone promoting books…the generosity that poured out of that was simply wonderful, I get choked up,” Warner mentioned tearfully. “They gave me an opportunity. And that’s simply lovely.”
The in a single day success led Warner to create a TikTok account of his personal the place he has thanked individuals who have reached out and bought the e-book and has even given updates about his future.
“Hello, I wish to thank everybody for the love and the kindness on the video that Crimson posted, it was completely sudden,” Warner instructed his 117,900 followers. “I’m in shock I don’t even know what to say about it for the time being, I’m making an attempt to wrap my head round it.”
In a follow-up video, Warner introduced a hardcover model was within the works and he was in talks along with his writer to create an audiobook, that might be narrated by Theresa Bakken, who shared a video of herself in a studio starting work on Warner’s in a single day bestseller.
Warner, a father of two, vowed he’ll proceed along with his signings at native bookstores and Krogers within the Dallas space.
“It’s surreal, each time I signal a e-book, it’s virtually like I can’t consider I’m doing this,” Warner instructed WFAA
Warner’s e-book, initially printed in November 2022, was given a spruced-up cowl along with his latest accolades featured on the high noting him as being “Worldwide #1 Amazon Bestseller and TikTok Well-known with Thousands and thousands of Views.”
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