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Local Author Generates More Than Sales Through The Launch of First120 Distribution

Bob Kuykendall, Birmingham, Alabama resident, federal agent and first-time author was just out to make a buck when he completed his first crime fiction novel, The Addict. "Honestly, the goal was never to change lives, or change anything, really, other than maybe my sad, thin wallet," says the frequently self-deprecating Kuykendall. And then, a crazy thing happened which led to the creation of a non-profit group serving authors with a message.

Birmingham, AL, December 14, 2009 --( In early 2009, Bob Kuykendall put down the pen and stopped the late-night writing and re-writing to print the first copy of the manuscript of the Birmingham-based crime fiction, The Addict. "I was so proud of it because it kind of looked and felt like a real book. Looking back, it was so far from ready but I couldn't wait to get it out there. Fast forward nearly a year, it's hard to believe I've been signed by TribeLit (his new national literary agency representatives) who are already talking about a series and screen play."

While Kuykendall's first book success puts him in a minority of want-to-be-authors, it is perhaps the behind the scene action that is taking center stage, and the writer couldn't be more happy. "It's easy to see now that all the positive things started to happen with The Addict when the man who inspired the creation of the book's colorful drug-using character, Angelo Esposito, emerged from rehab with a new outlook on life and a new found faith in God." When asked about the correlation between the real life drug user's re-birth and the birthing of a successful novel, Kuykendall quickly admits he's not claiming to be the poster child for Christianity and isn't trying to launch the book on a platform of religion.

Kuykendall spent over a year working on what most agree is a captivating terrorism-related book with twists and turns not often found in first-time works of literature. "Maybe people are finding it a little different because I didn't know what the heck I was doing...You won't find any of those stupid book or movie clichés like the basketball going around the rim three times before dropping to give the underdog team a last second victory."

But the very last sentence of The Addict's two hundred and thirty-six pages offers the reader with a final twist that almost throws The Addict into the self-help book section. "That was a last minute change, an afterthought actually, that came to me when Angelo emerged back in civilization after being jailed, detoxed and forgiven of all his transgressions. I thought it'd be one last crazy twist and it turns out to be a message that young people, church groups, and folks facing change are using for their motivation to get on track or get back on track."

The surge of book attention also led to the creation of First120 Distribution which Kuykendall says was made to serve - at no charge - first time authors offering a life-changing message. Bob Kuykendall and his inspiring, recovered friend Angelo are on stage now, somewhere in or around the Magic City, entertaining and motivating crowds ranging from twenty senior citizens in a church basement, to a company conference with hundreds of employees looking for words of change and new direction. Kuykendall admits he's enjoying the ride, even though it was not in his game plan. "We've probably given away as many books as we've sold, and unless you count all the greasy chicken we've had before or after Wednesday night church services across the city, we haven't seen much income from the venture. Maybe there's something more important going on."

For information, scheduling and book purchase information, visit Your Next Conference online or Facebook users can join The Addict's group by searching groups: The Addict.

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