What it is:
Lessons Learned from The Path Less Traveled is a soon-to-be-released series of books by Zero Dean that highlight lessons learned by the author since changing the trajectory of his life over six years ago.
Topics of this series include:
- integrity, kindness, confidence,
- attitude, gratitude, authenticity,
- success, leadership, achievement,
- rejection, failure, tolerance,
- living beyond comfort, personal responsibility,
- health, fitness, wellness,
- communication, relationships, happiness
- and more.
What was initially planned as a single 6″x9″ book of lessons and motivational content has grown to the point that it is now being split into a series composed of three 5″x8″ books of roughly 200 to 250 pages each.
Why a series?
- Allows me to release Book 1 sooner than waiting for all 3 books worth of content to be finished
- To reduce the cost of initial investment
- Each 5″x8″ book is easier & more convenient to carry than one massive 5″x9″ book
- To reduce the feeling of information overload
- Smaller page size fits the style of the lessons better
- Because the books are smaller, future books in the series (book #4 and beyond) can be released sooner
The first book in the series is:
Not Everyone Will Understand Your Journey.
Lessons Learned from The Path Less Traveled.
The second book will follow a similar format:
Name of Book : Lessons Learned from The Path Less Traveled : Book Two
This book series is packed with encouragement, food for thought, and strategies to help readers cope with and overcome life’s challenges.
There’s also a personal element to the books that provide insight into the author’s journey and some of the experiences from which a number of the lessons in this book were born. As you get to know the author, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll be exposed to his imperfections, and you might just catch a glimpse of yourself along the way.
You don’t have to be an avid reader to get value from this series. The Lessons Learned from The Path Less Traveled series can be read from nearly any page in any order (though they should also work when read from front-to-back). And you don’t need to devote a ton of time to it. Lessons take anywhere from 5 seconds to 5 minutes to read.
BOOK ONE details at a glance
Estimated mainstream release date: Book One Print edition: First quarter 2017 | Digital edition: To be determined. People who order advanced personalized copies will receive their books weeks before it’s available anywhere else at no additional cost.
Formats: 5″x8″ trade paperback and an ebook edition.
Number of pages: Approximately 250-300 pages.
Price: Print edition: $11.95-$14.95 depending on book length | Digital edition: To be determined. (Due to how this book is formatted and designed to be read, the print edition is recommended over the digital edition.)
People who buy an advanced copy of the print edition will also receive a complimentary digital copy for e-readers upon request.
Let me be frank…
If this book has as much of a positive impact on your life as I believe it has the potential to, it is my hope that you’ll find it to be of far more value than the cover price. That is one of my goals in writing these books.
I truly want this book to change your life for the better.
While I can’t claim this book will change your life for the better, I can promise you that if it doesn’t, it isn’t from a lack of effort in trying to write a book that will.
Each piece is written to be as potent as possible. Every sentence, paragraph, and lesson is as concise as I was able to make it given my understanding of the lesson being shared at the time and my current skill in writing it.
Also, this is not a book that you read once, get pumped up about its contents, and then forget about. Not Everyone Will Understand Your Journey is a sort of reference book that you can dip into repeatedly over time — years, even. And I hope that you will.
Be one of the first to get it:
Before my book is made available through major channels, I will be ordering an allotment of books (based on interest) to personalize (I will sign them and/or inscribe them and/or create a personalized doodle just for you) and ship directly to readers. These books will come directly from my hands to yours.
Benefits of signing up for an advanced copy (below):
- You’ll get a copy of the book weeks before it’s available anywhere else.
- The author will personalize the book for you (or anyone you gift it to).
- It costs nothing extra. You pay the cover price and shipping. That’s it.
- You are under no obligation to buy the book. You won’t be asked for payment until you provide your address, personalization instructions, and the book is ready to be shipped to you.
- You are entitled to a complementary digital edition for e-readers when the digital version becomes available.
- You’ll be one of the first in the world to get one of the first copies of the first edition of this book available anywhere.
To get on the waiting list for an advanced copy use the form below. This will allow me to email you with updates when I have them and ask for your details (personalization instructions, address, billing) when I’m ready.
Getting on the waiting list is obviously not an obligation to buy the book. What the waiting list does is allow me to make sure I order enough books for my own inventory to personalize and ship out to those who are interested. Unless you show up at a book signing, this will likely be one of very few opportunities to get a personalized copy. And it will certainly be the only opportunity to get one of the very first copies ever sold.
IMPORTANT: After submitting this form, you will receive an email requiring you to confirm your interest. If you don’t receive an email, check your spam folder. If you don’t receive or can’t find the confirmation email: You are not the only one this has happened to. Simply send an email to contact.zerodean @ gmail.com (no spaces) and I will manually add you to my list.
Latest email updates:
You can find the following information (taken directly from my book) on book details page.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THIS BOOK
- What this book is
- Who this book is for
- What this book is not
- The personal element
- For your consideration
- Your feedback is welcome
- Author’s confession
HOW TO READ THIS BOOK
- Choose your own adventure
- Contemplate the content
- If it doesn’t challenge you it doesn’t change you
- Who is this person?
- Catalysts of insight
- Labels shmabels
- Motivational blah blah
Q: What is the status of your book?
A: [Last updated: November 15, 2016] The book was very nearly ready to be published when I decided to add another element to it — a narrative to help fill in some details left unexplained by the personal entries that begin each chapter. The narrative answers several questions that I anticipate people will want to know about my journey.
Due to the additional pages this narrative was adding to what was already a pretty big book, I decided to split it into 3 volumes. Advanced copies of the first volume will be available shortly after I finish the narrative for the first 8 chapters.
Q: Is it just a collection of work you’ve already shared?
A: While there is new content spread throughout the book, a large portion of the content has been previously posted online. If you have a favorite piece of work of mine, it’s probably in my book. Do keep in mind that everything in my book has been or is in the process of being updated, edited, or completely overhauled where necessary.
Q: Is it a book of quotes?
A: No. It consists of pieces (covering the topics listed above) of varying lengths. Some pieces are several pages long and others only a paragraph. Any “quotes” of mine that you see in memes (examples below) are nearly always excerpts from longer pieces.
Q: Will it be available for the Kindle (and other e-readers)?
A: Yes, just not initially. As this is designed more like a reference book you dip into from anywhere — and not something one reads from one cover to the other — it’s best consumed via the print edition where readers can open the book to a random page to consider its contents.