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Writing a book is a long arduous journey. It can also be a lonely, insular one. That’s why I’m so grateful to you for signing up for updates. You are an invaluable resource.
Status of manuscript
I’ve completed the first draft of the manuscript, which is a major milestone. The first draft is the most challenging. While I call it a “first draft,” it’s actually more like a “10th draft” because of the process I’m following. I work with a very talented developmental editor, D. Olson Pook. We send drafts of each chapter back and forth until we’re satisfied with them.
The next step will be to review the entire manuscript in context, and make “final” edits. I put “final” in quotes, because we always end up tweaking the manuscript until we send it to the printer.
My current goal is to have something print-ready by December 1.
The working title of the book is:
Be Liked. Be Loved. Be Better.
I’m thinking of shortening it to:
Be Liked. Be Better.
My concern is that “love” is a loaded word and I don’t want the title misinterpreted. On the flip side, when you implement The Ask Process℠, you will be liked and “loved,” so I’m conflicted.
Can you weigh in with your opinion? Here’s a link to a survey.
The chance of landing an agent and getting a book published in this environment is about 1 in 1000. I have a contact at a major publisher and they agreed to review the proposal, without an agent. I’m waiting for their response.
If they (or another publisher) want the book, I have to decide whether to go with them or self-publish. There are pros and cons of both options. Publishers give you credibility and distribution. You are more likely to get reviews. But they are agonizingly slow. My book wouldn’t be published until 2021 at the earliest. They also take most of the profits from the book, leaving the author with around $2.00 a copy sold as a royalty.
As self-publishing has expanded, distribution is no longer an issue. The book would be published in early 2020. I would keep all the profits, after costs.
It comes down to how many copies I can sell without a publisher. I believe in this book. I am confident it will have a major impact on how we interact in every context. It’s backed by sound research. One niche I’m exploring is sales to investment advisors. Printing technology permits us to brand the book with their logo, and even have a message bound in the book from them. As customized, the book would be a unique gift to prospects and clients. With minimum orders of 100 books, it could quickly add up.
Because I have name recognition with that demographic, it’s currently my focus, but there may be other special markets I could explore as well.
If you have thoughts or suggestions, please send them to me at: email@example.com.
A gift for you
As a token of my appreciation for your support, I’d like to offer you a free advance copy of ASK. These are known as “review copies.” They’re typically sent to journalists and others 3-6 months in advance of publication. While the final book will be hardcover, these are paperback. I have to limit the number of review copies I send out to 100, so be sure to let me know as soon as you can if you’d like to get a copy.
All I ask is that you write a review on Amazon, which reflects your unbiased opinion of the book. I’d like to have your review published about one month before the book comes out. In addition, when the book is published, if you think it’s worthy, I would ask you to share the Amazon and website links with your social media contacts.
It doesn’t take many social media “shares” to bring the attention of the book to tens of thousands (or more) potential readers. It’s the key to marketing a book that will deepen relationships and enhance lives.
If you want to participate, please complete the book title survey and answer “yes” to the review copy question. Be sure to let me know soon because I have to limit the offer to 100 people. Again, my thanks and appreciation.