How to Write, Sell and Publish Your Own Book


Ever Wanted to Write (& Publish) a Book?

Yup, my all-time favourite writer did it again.  Chris Guillebeau offers a (huge) Guide on how to get published.

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Well, it’s wrong of me to place all credit on Chris.  Actually, his agent, it’s Chris’ agent, David Fugate who wrote the guide.

Who is David Fugate?

David Fugate founded the LaunchBooks Literary Agency, and has personally represented over 1000 books himself as agent to around 40 publishers (Wiley, Random House, McGraw-Hill, and Perigee are some of the biggest).  Books he represented include Kevin Mitnick’s Art of Deception and Art of Intrusion, two books I read after meeting Mitnick while working for HP.

As Chris tells the story, he asked his agent David Fugate to share some tips on how to get published.  Instead, David poured his over-experienced heart out to make this 45,000-word book.

If you are one of those people who ever wanted to get published, this guide can save you tons of effort and money by leveraging David’s experience.

Surest Way (But Not Easiest) to Success

The easiest way is to do nothing.  Kinda like I’ve been doing.  I have wanted to write a book for as long as I can remember, …but haven’t started.  “That’d be cool.” but I don’t start.

Chris shared this guide with me to review and I find it absolutely incredibly helpful, obviously a product of many years’ experience.

If I’m serious about getting published, there’s no excuse except my own fear of failing.  And with this guide, I don’t believe anyone can fail.

Check it out here:

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How Beer Made Me See More Clearly

So, I went out drinking last night.  Normally not a big deal, but I’ll admit that since becoming a stay-at-home dad, my energy level lacks luster by 8pm instead of holding out until midnight or more.  But last night was special.  Last night I was out until past 11pm.  {oooooh!}

Last night I got to share a few beers with Chris Guillebeau, an online hero of mine.

Chris Guillebeau In Town

Yesterday Chris was here in Halifax on his cross-continent book tour.   At a local Chapters bookstore, he spoke to 20-25 of us for a half hour, then opened it up for “questions and attempted answers.”  Then the group mingled amongst ourselves for more sharing and chat.

Chris briefly gave his history, then highlighted about being unconventional and finding answers to the 2 all important questions (see the manifesto to learn those 2 questions).  He spoke of “selfish generosity,” meaning we find ways to contribute to the betterment of others, while we in turn benefit ourselves, a natural win-win.  He also touched on how privileged we all are to be able to choose our path, make choices such as volunteer work, blogging, creative outlets or the conventional 9-5 desk job.  I think that point is especially important, considering just how fortunate a person is with one opportunity.  Beyond the millions of people without clean water or sanitation, there are millions more that have no choice but to exist and die – their lot in life.  And then there is all of us, folks with so many choices, we’re easily blinded by overwhelm.  So, we all know having choices but not considering them is more sad than not really having a choice at all.

Beer Therapy

beer versus therapy

So, of the 25 or so people, about 12 continued out for a beer.  That’s where the real clarity happened.  It was like a group therapy meeting for the dissatisfied and life-hungry minority.  Over just a few beers, we all talked and helped each other a lot.  Having the face-t0-face time was truly awesome.  There was a passionate interest and immediate feedback that’s not possible over e-mail, twitter or skype.  It was real rewarding to me and I can say that the brief couple hours shared with Chris and the others will help this blog (and you!) for a long time to come.  I look forward to making changes (big and small) over the weeks ahead.

Note: to anyone having a beer with Chris in the future, he chose our local Garrison Red, saying he enjoys the reds.

Unconventional Thinking and Pursuit

Chris’ book is not for everyone.  Like the back cover says, “If you’ve ever thought, ‘There must be more to life than this,’ The Art of Non-Conformity is for you.”

If you haven’t thought that, then don’t waste your or the book’s time (refer to the blue pill).  Pass the book onto someone else if gifted.

There are 4 prerequisite assumptions before you can confidently say the book is for you (as stated in the book):

  • You must be open to new ideas.
  • You must be dissatisfied with the status quo.
  • You must be willing to take personal responsibility.
  • You must be willing to work hard.

Of course, these are well expanded on, but you get the message.  In short, life’s happiness is not for the lazy or the timid.

Well, that’s it for me today.  I’ve got some work to do.

For now, if you want a further and immediate look at what Chris offers, check out his online, downloadable stuff – much of it for free.