Book Update : Jan 2, 2017

Hi Folks! Happy New Year!

Here is the current status of my book series. Please note, the latest news is nearly always on the official book page (even before these updates are sent out).

The single book I was writing will now be a series of THREE books of roughly 250 to 300 pages each.

The lessons that make up the bulk of the content in each of the volumes are essentially finished. However, in addition to the journal entries that accompany each chapter of the books, I’m currently writing a series of personal narratives (25 in total — which accompany each chapter) that provide much more insight into my journey and the experiences from which many of the lessons in the books were born. It is in these narratives that I discuss things that I’ve never shared with anyone.

When complete, the narratives that stream through all three volumes will nearly be a book of its own. And while these narratives were not part of my original vision for the books (I was trying to get away with just including my journal entries), I now feel they are absolutely crucial to making the books work as intended.

As with the lessons in the books, the narratives are not only designed to be read in any order, they also build upon and reinforce each other if you read them in order. Every single piece of content in these books, including the narratives, is written to be as concise as possible (no fluff!) while providing as much value as possible. It is a tricky thing — and sometimes slow going — but I feel it is much more effective at creating a more complete “experience” for people and it reflects the kind of content I enjoy reading.

It drives me crazy when I read a chapter of a book that could easily be condensed to a couple pages — or an entire book that could be summed up just as well in a single chapter. I’m working very hard to create the kind of books where every page matters. But as this entire book writing process is new to me, I sometimes find myself struggling  — which I don’t really mind. As there are numerous lessons to be learned and challenges to overcome. But I do find myself disappointed at the delays.

I’m very eager to share these books with you… when they’re ready.

Speaking of which… my best guess for the availability of BOOK ONE is March 2017 — but again, this is a guess. You can be certain that as soon as I have more information to share with you, I will.

Thanks for reading. And again, Happy New Year (Remember this day)!

Sincerely,

Zero Dean

PS. People sometimes ask me if there is anything they can do to help. Right now, the most helpful thing you can do is to help create an awareness for my book(s). If you think people might be interested in my work, I love it when folks refer others to my book page. Thank you!

Book Update : Oct 16, 2016

Hi Folks,

I recently came to the realization that in order for the 25 personal entries (that accompany the 25 chapters) of my book to have the greatest impact, they need to be put in context. Currently, my personal pieces simply exist as self-contained entities. For example, after the intro, the book starts with Day 15: Denied entry into Canada. The next personal entry I share in the following chapter is Day 95: Pop quiz, hotshot. You’re dying. What do you do? and, other than the story I tell, provides little indication of what is happening in my life or what has happened in the previous 80 days. I feel I need to remedy this, but it’s going to take some time — and additional pages.

Yesterday, I wrote the context for Day 15 to account for the 15 days since my journey began. It added roughly 1.5 pages to my book. If I do this for all the entries that follow, this will add roughly 35 pages to my book and bring it closer to 500 in total. This also raises the cost of printing

As my book currently stands, it is approximately 102,000 words. And it’s a big hefty book. Which is nice, but it’s also not the easiest thing to “grab and go”. It may also be information overload for some people.

This is why I’m now considering breaking it into two books.

Not Everyone Will Understand Your Journey : Lessons learned from the path less traveled.

BOOK 1

  • Chapter 1: Break on through
  • Chapter 2: Are you awake?
  • Chapter 3: Living with intention
  • Chapter 4: Taking action
  • Chapter 5: Living a life you’re proud of
  • Chapter 6: Attitude & approach
  • Chapter 7: Focus & attention
  • Chapter 8: Personal responsibility
  • Chapter 9: Self-discipline
  • Chapter 10: Personal goals
  • Chapter 11: Living beyond comfort
  • Chapter 12: Confidence & criticism
  • Chapter 13: Self-talk

BOOK 2

  • Chapter 14: Authenticity & being yourself
  • Chapter 15: Kindness
  • Chapter 16: Tolerance
  • Chapter 17: Leadership, influence & character
  • Chapter 18: The path less traveled
  • Chapter 19: Success & failure | Materialism & accomplishment
  • Chapter 20:  Happiness | Unhappiness
  • Chapter 21: Wellness
  • Chapter 22: Interacting with others
  • Chapter 23: Communication
  • Chapter 24: Role models & the media
  • Chapter 25: Misc

Book 1 would be 235 pages as it stands today and closer to 250 with the pending changes. Book 2 would likely be very close to that.

Breaking up my work into two books would have the following benefits:

  • It will cost less (to buy and to ship)
  • It will be easier to physically carry with you and read
  • And most importantly, I’ll be able to release Book 1 much sooner than if I have to wait until all content is finished. As it is, if I release my book as a single volume while also trying to get in all the necessary changes, it almost certainly won’t be available during the holiday shopping window. I may still miss getting the book out for the holidays if I break it into two, but if I don’t, I almost certainly will.

Again, this is only a consideration. I haven’t made a final decision about splitting up my book.

For those concerned about how splitting the book up into two affects the presentation, the split in the lessons actually comes at a very natural break.

If you have a strong opinion about this, please feel free to share it with me.

Thanks for reading. More news when I have it.

Zero

PS. For those who sent feedback about the covers, here is a rendition of the 3rd option featuring the easy-to-read design of the dark cover, but with the colors of the bright one.

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Book Update : Oct 14, 2016

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Hi Folks!

Well, things are getting real!

I currently have 3 proofreading copies of my book in my possession. I must say, it’s pretty exciting to finally see my work in its intended form!

It’s also interesting to note this is a pretty hefty book (current version is 444 pages and just a couple hundred words shy of 100,000).

The picture above features two competing covers. Both have gotten a good reception, but based on feedback, I’ll be creating a 3rd version which features the design of the dark book with the colors of the bright book. What you can’t see very well in the picture is that the dark cover has text in the background. It’s easier to see in the mockup (click the blue square book image on the book page to zoom in). If you’re interested, I may hold a poll to see which cover most people find appealing.

Next up (PROOF-READING!):

I’m now working with proofreaders to correct any and all issues including:

  • Missing words
  • The wrong word used (example: “right” vs “write”, “isn’t” vs “it’s”, and other really silly stuff)
  • Pieces that lack impact or don’t flow correctly
  • Semi-nonsensical or confusing statements (yes, it happens)
  • Etc.

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If you’re interested in being a proofreader, contact me (and say so) and I’ll work with you to determine which chapter or section of the book to send you (in PDF format) for review and feedback. 

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Release schedule:

It’s hard to estimate exactly when my book will be available for order. Once the proofreading process has eradicated as many issues as possible and there’s nothing left to do, advanced copies will be ordered, inscribed, and sent to those who signed up for them. At this point — and if everything goes smoothly — this likely won’t happen until November. I’ve never gone through the book writing, editing, and publishing process before, so my early estimates were a bit ambitious with regard to how much time each stage would take.

The mainstream release of Not Everyone Will Understand Your Journey (online ordering through Amazon…) will follow a few weeks after advanced copies are shipped — likely in December (although it’s possibly it may slip to January).

Please know, I really want this book available for the winter holidays, so I’m really pushing to have it available by then. The sooner, the better. I want folks to have it as quickly as possible, but I also want to make sure it’s a book I can be proud of.

Ok, that’s it for news for now.

More news when I have it.

Thanks for reading.

Zero

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