What Happened to Your Book?

Remember when you were so excited about writing your book? You did it. Other people talk about writing a book, but do they, do it? No. Congratulations! You are one of the exceptional ones. What happened to your book? Surely, when you completed it, you might have fantasized, “This is it!” My book is going to be a best-seller, and I’ll never have to work again. I will go on book tours, be a regular expert in news media, and be a special guest on Oprah.

Tell Your Friends

You are proud of your accomplishment of writing your book. You’re holding it in your hands and you want to tell the people you are about the most about it, to share it with them. You think they will resonate with your message and your mission, so you show it to them. And what’s their response?

“Wow! That’s great! You’re a published author! I can’t believe it! I’ve never known a published author before! This is amazing!”

You feel proud that someone in your inner circle appreciates all your hard work and effort, and then, before you can utter a word of gratitude, they ask,

“How many have you sold? How much money have you made?”

And you’re like, what? They could have asked what the book was about, what your plans were, anything, really. But making it all about the money, and just that? You realize that this person does not get it, and certainly, does not get you. After a few of those interactions, you stop telling anyone that you wrote a book.

Hire a Publisher

And you know what? Your book deserves that kind of acclaim, but you never really got a chance. About half of us reach out to a publisher who promises us riches and fame, they have an impressive list of all the things that they are going to do for you. They will put you in their catalog, promote your book to all the bookstores in America, list your book with school, public, college, and university libraries. Send out press releases to all the news and media outlets and feature you in the most prestigious book shows and conventions in the world, and more… Wow! All for anywhere from $3,000 to $15,000… what a bargain.

You dip into your life’s savings, or beg, borrow, or steal the cash from Peter to pay Paul, and you jump through all their hoops. You pay for a professional headshot, provide them with your life’s history, pay for additional editing and reformatting of your book, and order a few copies for yourself, anywhere from 100 to 1,000 books.

Surprise! Here’s a Million Dollars from the Sales of Your Bo0k!

If you are part of the half of the people who did not do this, you may have tried some other things that you heard about on the Internet or in the news. I’m not saying that the stories of would-be authors standing at the gas pump in the middle of the night, trying to put gas in their car when their card is rejected, then wake up the next morning to a million-dollar check from the sales of their book are not true. They are. But your chances of being struck by lightning on a clear day while you’re crossing the street are far more likely. Yet, these stories inspire us, and they should.

The Book Guy

I am the book guy. Ask anyone who knows me. If you come within three feet of me, you’ve either written a book, or have started to write a book. I believe at the very least, when your life has come to an end, you should leave something behind, and a book is an excellent thing that proves that you were here, that your life had meaning.

There are many reasons to write a book, and for the authors that I work with, the most important driving force behind their desire to write is to make a contribution to the world. They want to share from their heart with others, how to live a better life and make the world a better place. And they do.

The Next Level

Then, my clients and friends take the book to the next level. They just don’t write the book and hope that someone discovers it. These movers and shakers build a movement, business, or empire around the book, which self-perpetuates the sales of their book, and they are quite likely to write other books and do the same, once they’ve done one successfully.

Writing a Book Means Something

Because that’s what you want to do, right? You want to write a book that you can put into the hands of people who need it, who want it, and who can benefit from your words, your heart’s song, your teaching, wisdom, and/or coaching.

This is your life’s purpose. Don’t cover your light, let it shine brightly to benefit others who are desperately waiting to hear your message. They are trying to find you, so let yourself be found by taking the initiative to introduce yourself in a big way, and don’t rely on someone else to do this for you.

Do It Yourself

No one cares about you, your message, your book, or your contribution more than you. You get you. Help others to hear you so they can get you too. Those who do this don’t care about their stats about being a New York Times Best Selling Author.

Be a New York Times Best-selling Author

For a quick reality check, I paid a lot of money to learn from a New York Times Best Selling Author, and it broke my heart to learn that if you follow a certain sequential list of tips, tricks, and techniques, anyone with any kind of book could make the list. This elusive title became worthless to me at that moment, unless of course, my book happened to make the list on its own merit.

Where Are They Now?

And take a look at all those NYT best-selling authors. Where are they today? Where’s their contribution? Where is the prosperity? Most authors who made it on the best sellers list have the title, but little else.

You Can Do This

But we, my friends, and colleagues do so much more. With us? It’s not about the title, it’s about the impact, and yes, it is good to be able to self-fund your own life’s work from the kinds of machines that we build to make it all work together.

If you’d like to do this, maybe you should look into it.

There is a better way.


Change Your Life or the World by Changing Books

As a Transfiguration Specialist, this is my gift to share with the world. When it looks like there is little or no chance to make a significant change, I can see the path from here to there, and in every case, if the desired change is massive, changing books is almost mandatory. That is to say, you could skip this step, and increase the cost and time necessary to see the change become reality.

Temporary Change

Changing books is not necessary for temporary change or doing what you have to do to make you feel better for a while, like losing 20 pounds before your wedding, or getting a big-screen TV. You could use changing books written by someone else to help inspire you to do the work necessary. To become an expert you could practice a skill for 10,000 hours (Malcolm Gladwell) or you could obtain all the expert knowledge necessary by reading seven changing books (Mark Victor Hansen). And doing so may increase your odds of riding this new wave for more lasting change.

Lasting Change

Lasting change is more elusive, for many reasons. The most common is that every one of us has a life frequency that matches acceptable mediocrity. A place where we are comfortable enough. Things aren’t that bad, and they could certainly get worse. This is your life rut, and it is easy to get stuck in it. This is where changing books can help to make all the difference.

If your life was a book, writing the next chapter might not be enough. You might be better off changing books altogether.

If the change you want to see, either in you, your life or the world, is great, you will have to change. Changing books is also a metaphor for your life. If your life was a book. You can easily look back and see the chapters of your life, and you can have an idea about how the next chapter might be. But if the change is great, it will require changing books completely. It may not be enough to expect due to the previous momentum (or lack of it) in the previous chapters to make the leap.

That’s why we need changing books, to help catapult us to the next level.

Permanent Change

Even more elusive is a permanent change. You desire to see the change and to be a part of it so much that you might be willing to do almost anything. This is where it helps to have a coach and moderator on your side, to help you see pitfalls in what might seem like an opportunity to push your agenda ahead today but may be ultimately detrimental in the long run.

Stuff Happens

You will never see more obstacles appear than when you decide to be a part of the change, any change, and changing books along the way can be very helpful in circumventing (or even eliminating) barricades to your progress.

The Biggest Obstacle to Permanent Change

You. Your old life. Remember that life that was okay, not so bad? Your former life will be calling you back. And when things are looking more like work than fun, that old life may not look so bad. You might think like chucking the whole idea might be worthwhile for the relief that comes from just bailing out completely.

You May Be Addicted to Your Old Life

Or your previous life, the one that you left to start your journey of massive change, is an addiction, which is an entirely new challenge to consider.

Changing Books

Do you know how you get deeply involved in a book? You’re so enthralled that you just have to keep reading, you can’t wait to find out what happens next. If you are reading a huge novel or series, the strength of the story could be so compelling, that the rest of your life’s potential could fall by the wayside.

In my work with clients, many of them refer to me as the book guy. That is to say that I am so passionate about writing a book, that most anyone who comes within a few feet of me will be contemplating the idea of writing a book, if not working on writing a book of their own.

Why write a book?

I believe that a book is the most powerful tool in the world to have the biggest impact in your life. Today, if you have a desire to see anything in your life change, you can influence the change at little or no cost to you by writing a book.

Try this: Finish this sentence:

The thing I would most like to change in my life would be:

_______________________ .

In most cases, you could accomplish this change by:

Writing a Book .

Of course, that is reduced to its simplest form. More often than not, you would have to do other things as well to accomplish the change you would like to see, but the writing of a book can do much of the heavy lifting for you.

But wait, there’s more…

Let’s take this to a whole new level.

Finish this sentence:

The thing I would most like to change in the world today would be:

_______________________ .

In most cases, you could accomplish this change by:

Writing a Book .

There is no limit to the scope your impact can have by writing a book, and it’s not as hard to do as you might think.

This is based on my life’s work that started in book writing for therapeutic interventions, personal growth, and massive lifestyle change. My work then expanded to business growth and wealth creation, then morphed into expanding social awareness and change. All the while using the writing of books, that I refer to as “Changing Books.”

As if by magic, my clients who were just the guy or gal next door, were able to achieve massive results, by making the writing of changing books, and yes, it will likely take more than one to get the job done.

It’s not like changing books are the one-stop-shop for getting the job done, but they can be the most powerful tool to assist you in getting what you want to be done in your life, finances, or the world. And, today, there is no financial barrier to making it happen.

Let’s take a look at the most popular changes people might like to see.

The Top 20 Things You Want to Do

  1. Start a Business
  2. Be happier
  3. Be a Better Lover
  4. Eat and Live Healthier
  5. Relieve Stress
  6. Be a Better Person
  7. Not be Depressed
  8. Get More Deep Sleep
  9. Let Go of the Past
  10. Not be Bored
  11. Be Better Looking
  12. Live Longer
  13. Reinvent Yourself
  14. Achieve a Goal
  15. Get a Promotion
  16. Travel the World
  17. Love Yourself More
  18. Be Fearless
  19. Make the World a Better Place
  20. Change Careers

Of course, there are many other things that we want out of life that seem as though they are beyond our reach, as though the distance from where we are to where we want to be is too vast. It’s as though it seems impossible to get from here to there.

Every one of those top 20 things you want, and millions of other changes we all would like to see, can be enhanced by your authoring changing books to assist in the process of making great change.