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I’m almost an author (meaning I’m almost finished writing my first book).

I’ve ALMOST written a book at least three times in the past (meaning I never really started). This time is different, though. I’m actually about 75% done with the first draft. If all goes well I’ll be pretty close to finished by the end of next week. I’m shooting to get it edited, proofed, and whatever other hoops I need to jump through so it can be printed by June 1st, or December 31st, or at least sometime before I’m 100 years old. Most likely June.

As I’ve watched others publish and promote their books lately, I have noticed a few things that, honestly, have made me go “ugggh!” Watching “the way it’s done now” has made me loathe the whole book publishing thing so much I have considered scrapping the book altogether on several occasions. Rather than do that, though, I’ve decided to make a few promises about my upcoming book. Although these are mostly promises to myself — so I may keep my sanity and integrity intact — I also think they’re pretty solid promises to make to anyone who might be even remotely interested in the book.

 

A few promises to you (and me) about my upcoming book:

 

 

I promise not to state, infer, or imply that my book will make your life 10,000 times better. I hope it gives you something to think about and encourages you to take some action, but that’s it. It ain’t the Bible and I’m certainly not going to pretend it is.

 

I promise not to mount a relentless campaign to get everyone to buy the book on the same day just so I can become a “Best Seller” for ten minutes on Amazon, The New York Times, or any other list. If I become a best seller, I want it to be because the book is so damn good that people buy it, love it, and tell their friends to buy it, too. Yeah, I know some “experts” will say I’m naive and that’s not the way it works. They can pound sand. Creating hyped up sales just so you can claim to be a best seller is borderline fraud and I just won’t do it.

 

I promise to keep it long enough to make my point but short enough to keep you awake. I read a review of another book on Amazon the other day that said “20% of the book was good, the other 80% was useless filler.” I’m working very hard to make sure nobody will be able to say that about my book.

 

I promise the book will NOT be a super long sales letter in disguise. Will I create a retreat experience from the content of the book? You bet (in fact, I already have). Will I leave key pieces of information out of the book to entice you to come to my retreat? Not a chance. I hate, hate, HATE that approach. I’m going to put it all in the book, baby. When you read the book, you’ll get it all. You won’t NEED to come to a retreat, but you’ll WANT to…and you’ll beg me to tell you when the next one is, ha ha!

 
With those simple promises I feel like I can finish this project and be proud of it, even if nobody ever reads it. That sounds funny to say about something that I am pouring so much time and energy into. But in the end, I think that’s WHY I can make these promises. I’m not trying to become famous or rich or “best-selling” by writing this book. I’m writing it because I think the topic is interesting, I like to write, and it’s a fun new experience for me. If anyone else enjoys it or benefits from it, well, that’s icing on the cake.

 

Almost forgot to tell you: The topic of the book is “Ordinary Superpowers”. I wrote about this in a previous blog post which you can check out here.

 

If you’d like to be notified when the book comes out, drop your email below. I hope you know by now that I won’t bombard you with emails about it, just one or two during the first few weeks after it comes out.

 

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Mark is the founder of sparkspace...the most inspirational business retreat center on the planet. His blog is read by thousands worldwide each week. Mark's passion is sharing ideas that help people live and lead a rockstar life.

  • Rick White

    Mark, this was AWESOME!!!! I too have been at the edge of the cliff looking to write a book and between all the issues that come up (ok, my fear) and the hype about getting it on someone’s radar, this post was PERFECT! (I know, lots of caps, but I really mean it). I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, your promises and just on this post alone you can count me in on buying the book when it comes out.

    Mark, thanks again and I hope you make it an AMAZING day!

    • Rick,

      Thanks for the reply! Glad to know I’m not alone. It’s so easy to get caught up in the hype-machine. Sadly, I think I was caught up in it for way too long. When I finally let go of trying to hit a home run from a marketing & promotion standpoint, I finally started writing and making the book a reality.

      One of the best things I’ve done is to just focus on writing 1 chapter at a time. I did outline the whole book to begin with, but every day on my “Action Items” list is simply “Write 1 chapter”. I’m not on any official deadline and I know my next step right now is to just write another chunk. That helped me tremendously and fits in with the way I think & write.

      What will your book be about, you know, now that you’re actually going to write it? 😉

      • Rick White

        I really like what you’re sharing here. For the longest time I felt like I wasn’t “qualified” to write a book because I don’t have some earth shattering new concept or practice to share when I recently realized that what I really need to share is my perspective on things. That has value and can help others navigate their way through this crazy journey called life. That’s what writing my blog over the last couple of years has really helped me understand.

        I actually have four books in mind. 1. A goals book that covers my journey of discovery of what works and doesn’t. 2. A sales book that takes the slime and sleaze out of sales. 3. A business book called, “Rick’s Rules” based on sayings I’ve created over time. 4. A quotes book featuring quotes and artwork that have impacted me, broken out into different areas of life.

        Thanks again for the post this morning, it really has me energized! The next time I’m in the Columbus area, I’m so looking you up and buying you a beer!

        • Ok, I’m going into coach mode here. You have 4 books in your head. Pick one and forget the rest.

          Pick the one that excites you the most. Don’t think about what already exists or “what the world needs”. Write the one that scratches YOUR itch.

          There’s a great quote from Elizabeth Gilbert’s book, “Big Magic” that keeps me going when I think what I’m writing is just adding to the noise:

          “Most things have already been done — but they have not yet been done by YOU.”

          Rock on.

          • Rick White

            Awesome quote! Yes, I’ve got them on a punch list and already know which I’m working on first. Otherwise, I’d be spinning my wheels incessantly and going no where if I tried to work on all four at once.

            Sales
            Goals
            Business
            Quotes

            Make today GREAT!

        • Ok, I’m going into coach mode here. You have 4 books in your head. Pick one and forget the rest.

          Pick the one that excites you the most. Don’t think about what already exists or “what the world needs”. Write the one that scratches YOUR itch.

          There’s a great quote from Elizabeth Gilbert’s book, “Big Magic” that keeps me going when I think what I’m writing is just adding to the noise:

          “Most things have already been done — but they have not yet been done by YOU.”

          Rock on.