I wrote a book!
I. Wrote. A. Book.
The path from idea to manuscript to book can be a winding one. I first had the idea that became Centered Presentation on an airplane several year ago. The idea would roll around in my mind then move to the front, like a wayward cough drop, and I'd savor it for a minute then stick back between my teeth and cheek for a while.
About a year ago, I thought it might make a good ebook and actually sat down and wrote a short 40 page PDF. I thought it could be good marketing for the consulting work I do.
I shared it with a friend and trusted adviser, Tom Searcy, who suggested it deserved a longer treatment. I wrote in my journal "could be a "real" book - we'll see."
Funny how the physical book is still much more real to me. Maybe the Millennials don't feel this way. I do have a Kindle, and I enjoy reading eBooks - but still.... the feel and smell of an actual book. Nothing like it. This project became much more REAL when I held the physical proof in my hand.
I used Amazon's CreateSpace to publish the book. This is an amazing site. It would have been called a "vanity press" 20 years ago. But the rules of publishing are changing so fast, I think the choice of self-publishing has a completely different flavor in 2013.
I don't expect this book to make me rich or a household name.
But I am richer for having written it.
(I wrote a book.)