Jun

22

HumilityI've been writing a book for the past couple of months and thought everything was smooth sailing. I've finished seven chapters, and thought I had pretty good content/style. One of my old publisher friends, who's an editor, requested a copy of what I had already written, and I sent him a file of the first seven chapters. He did a excellent critique of my work, so far, and made numerous suggestions that filled three pages. Re-reading his suggestions, at second glance, I realized that his comments were pretty brutal, but dead on. Following his suggestions, I'm going to undertake a massive re-write, polish it up, then submit it back to him for his comments. This back and forth made me realize that publishing is a market in itself, with the in's and out's that are similar to any market that I trade in (however, I'm in the dark as to the in's and out's). My lack of knowledge in the writing/publishing market allowed me to make over 40 newbie mistakes, all of which can be easily modified and corrected. I will keep on plodding ahead with this book, and still plan on having it completed by the fall. My initial foray into writing the first book makes me realize that I'm the unexperienced guy in this market, and would be fad-able if writing/publishing were a trading market. I have developed a plan to gain the necessary skills to write a quality product that will make me proud to display my name on the cover.

The lesson my writing experience has taught me is that just because I've done all right in certain markets trading wheat, grain spreads, scalp, and have a certain wisdom acquired from years in the pit, it does not translate to many other markets where I'm a complete tyro. As I don't have the experience, knowledge, contacts, or superb writing skills, I'm at a distinct disadvantage when it comes to trying to make a winning trade in the writing/publishing market. As many of you have published excellent books (I own many books from authors on this web site), I wonder if you authors have had to overcome the same obstacles that I'm trying to surmount. Sometimes, this book project makes me feel like I'm one of the guys who used to have $10K in his account and leased a seat to trade wheat, hoping to strike it rich. None of them ended up making money and all ended up in some other field. Although I already have my field, I have a steadfast resolve to make this book work, and give enjoyment to my readers.

One lesson I've learned through this experience is humility, and my complete ignorance of other markets. Since I don't give up on projects, once started, you can still expect my book sometime in the fall. I'm going to self-publish it, at first, then see what happens. My thanks to Vic, Laurel and other readers who have given me direction, support, and guidance in this project.


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