First Things First

A jab is a quick, sharp punch.

It’s the setup for other punches—that seemingly small thing that serves you well in the ring.

“It is their most important weapon. Fighters throughout time have spilled blood and sweat attempting to perfect it—to make it fast, to make it sharp, Every punch, heavier than the last.

“Is is the single most significant punch in boxing, both offensively and defensively . . . Its importance is undeniable. Every fight, every fighter, the very fabric of the sport, starts and ends with the jab.”

Robert Aaron Contreras, via Bleacher Report

Master the jab first, all other punches second.

That’s the philosophy of the Black Irish Books JABs by Steve.

Small. Pocket-size small.

Basics. Do-this-first type of basics.

Powerful. Knock-you-out powerful.

JABs are books that are small in size, powerful in messaging, and which teach the basics.

If you signed up for the print version of the JABs subscription, you should receive your first two books any day, if you haven’t received them already.

They are truth.


No fluff.

Straight to the point.

Titles and subjects of the first two are How Does A Story Start? and What Is A Story About?

The third brings with it a two-word title: Why Write?

We hope you’ll join the subscription.

At whatever point you join, you’ll receive all the previously released books up to that point. For example, if you join in March, you’ll receive a box with the two December releases, the February release, and the March release. (No new release in January.)

You’ll be sent a coupon code for a free digital subscription, to share with a friend, too.

Our hope is that Black Irish Books’ JABs will become the most important punch in your arsenal, too.

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  1. Ken Friedman on December 14, 2018 at 10:10 am

    Hi Callie, Up to now I’ve bought literally everything that Steven has published, and when I saw the new monthly JABs program, I was excited. But then, when I looked through the titles, I realized it really wasn’t suitable for a non-fiction writer like myself. Not complaining – just sad.

  2. BarbaraNH on December 14, 2018 at 10:58 am

    Hmm. I’m not so sure they don’t apply. Even non-fiction needs a story line, a story that starts somewhere, ends somewhere new.

  3. Joe Jansen on December 17, 2018 at 3:49 pm

    Heh heh. Even this post. Look at it.

    Six jabs.
    A hook.
    Seven jabs.
    Two jabs.


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    it means to sacrifice ones pawns

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