Discouraged Author Becomes an Overnight Bestseller When Video of His Book Signing Goes Viral Online

By: Stephen Thompson | Last updated: Oct 24, 2023

Success in the literary world can be elusive at times. However, every now and then, a remarkable story emerges, inspiring countless aspiring authors. Today, we look at the enthralling story of an author whose life was transformed overnight when a video of his book signing went viral, catapulting him from obscurity to becoming a bestseller success. 

Brace yourself as we witness an author who dared to dream and eventually succeeded.

Army Veteran Turned Writer

In November of 2022, an Army veteran named Shawn Warner took a leap of faith and self-published his intriguing young adult murder mystery novel, Leigh Howard and the Ghosts of Simmons-Pierce Manor.


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Filled with anticipation and hopes of connecting with readers, Warner organized a book signing event to promote his literary creation. Little did he know that this event would become a turning point in his life.


Enter Red—a Kind-Hearted TikToker

Amidst the rows of books, something caught the attention of an observant TikToker named Red. Red couldn’t help but notice Warner’s defeated expression as he sat amidst the quiet ambiance of the book signing.


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Red decided to show their support by purchasing a couple of copies of the book. Red went on to share their encounter in a heartfelt video, and it struck a chord with viewers across the TikTok community, ultimately garnering a staggering 17 million views.

Number One Bestseller!

With a mix of astonishment and gratitude, Warner eagerly shared the premise of his debut novel. The impact of Red’s TikTok was nothing short of astonishing. Within days, Warner’s book soared to unprecedented heights, becoming an overnight best-seller. 


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Sales skyrocketed as readers from around the world clamored to get their hands on a copy of this captivating and chilling tale. Warner’s debut novel now holds the prestigious title of being a number one bestseller on Amazon.

He’s Still in Shock

In a heartfelt video shared on his TikTok account, Warner expressed his deep gratitude to the countless individuals who had showered him with love and kindness in response to the viral video posted by Red.


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Warner admitted to being astonished and struggled to find the words to convey his gratitude fully. The unexpected surge of attention and success had left him trying to comprehend the magnitude of it all.