One army veteran turned author was extremely grateful to the TikTok community after a video of him looking down at a book signing went viral. It looked like not many people turned up to the veterans book signing, but then something happened that would change his life forever.
An Overnight Star
This is the remarkable journey of author Shawn Warner as he transforms from a “defeated” writer to an overnight sensation.
The Power of TikTok
Through the power of TikTok, Warner’s self-published young adult murder mystery book, “Leigh Howard and the Ghosts of Simmons-Pierce Manor,” has skyrocketed to become an unexpected bestseller.
Heartbreaking Book Signing
Army veteran Shawn Warner organised a book signing event to promote his debut novel, where he sat looking lonely and lost.
As Fate Would Have It
A TikToker, known as Red, stumbled upon the book signing and noticed Warner’s upset look, changing Warner’s life forever.
Sharing the Lifechanging Encounter
In a now-viral TikTok video, Red shared their encounter with Warner, revealing his defeated appearance at the book signing.
The Viral Video
The video now has over 17 million views!
A Heartwarming Twist
Red decided to engage Warner in conversation and even purchased a few copies of his book.
The text on the video told of Red’s idea: “This new author seemed super defeated when I first walked past him. So before I left the store, I decided to go back.”
From Defeat to Triumph
Warner’s book, “Leigh Howard and the Ghosts of Simmons-Pierce Manor,” tells the gripping story of a teenage girl who teams up with ghosts to solve the mystery of her parent’s murders.
The Good Side of Social Media?
Thanks to the immense exposure generated by the viral TikTok, the book experienced a surge in popularity.
Your Newest Bestselling Author
In just a matter of days, Warner’s novel soared to become the number one bestselling book on Amazon.
Overwhelmed With Gratitude
In a heartfelt video posted on his TikTok account, Warner expressed his profound gratitude for the overwhelming support and kindness he received, “I’m in shock. I don’t even know what to say about it at the moment. I’m trying to wrap my head around it.”
Incredibly, the book is now reaching global status, “just saw the other video, gonna buy it now!! your book is reaching brazil too,” One user told the author.
Another user told of their admiration for the idea, “Sometimes I love the internet.”
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