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Book Update : November 25, 2018

Hi Folks,

So here’s the scoop…

After spending nearly all of my time since the last update writing and editing, I’m pleased to inform you that:

Lessons Learned from The Path Less Traveled™ Volume 1 is essentially finished!

I still have some proofreading to do (as well as have others doing), so some minor changes will likely occur, but as it stands, here are the approximate stats:

  • 340 pages
  • 400 lessons
  • 100,000 words

And I even managed to work in a personal element I’m happy with. So no major compromises there! All in all, this is actually a much better book than the one I was originally intending to release.

Fun fact:

This book was originally going to be a compendium of my work, but as it turns out, even after all the content I managed to write and stuff into it, I still have nearly another book’s worth of notes to work from. So I opted to give this one the “Volume 1” designation because a second volume seems more than likely (if I can manage my time to work on it).

What’s next? (Proofreaders wanted):

I currently have one person helping me with proofreading (and she’s amazing), but if this sounds like something you might be interested in, please let me know. Your job as a proofreader would be to review a PDF of content I send you (usually a chapter), carefully look for typos as well as point out anything that might require changing (without being a grammar nazi). You must know how to add “notes/comments” to a PDF (it’s easy) and then be able to email the PDF with notes back to me for review.

When is LLFTPLT Vol 1 going to be published?

The book will be published shortly after I am confident that 99.9% of typos are eliminated. This could take another month or two. My public release date is “First quarter 2019“, but it could be as soon as sometime in December if I can get everything properly proofread.

Early Access Editions

Once the book has been properly proofread, I’ll be taking orders from those who want early access editions (signed & discounted copies). Before I order books, I’ll send you information on how to pay for your early access edition + shipping (probably up to about $20 total for US residents). At that price, my “profit” on the early access editions will likely be around $2-$4 per book before taxes. The book has an anticipated cover price of $27.95. Obviously, if you want to show your support by paying up to the retail price, you are welcome to.

Availability

Once folks have ordered their early access editions, the book will be made available on Amazon.com at its cover price. Additionally, your local bookstores will have the option to stock the book on their shelves, but since I’m an unknown author without a PR firm or publishing company backing me, they likely won’t. Things could change though. So I’ll have more news on actual availability once the book is published.

For the time being:

  1. I am not accepting any payments at this time. I will let you know when that time will be.
  2. I will accept payments via PayPal, Venmo, Squarecash…
  3. I will collect your information when I ask for your payment for the early access edition (name, address, book inscription/doodle request…)
  4. There will only be a short window of time (5-7 days) open to order & pay for your early access edition(s). After that window closes, the only way to get the book will be through retail channels at the cover price (or at whatever discount they decided to sell it at). I may, however, sell signed copies from my website at some point.
  5. The downside to the early access editions is that no matter how many copies I “sell”, because I’m buying them (at cost) they will not count towards the sales of my book or factor into any sales lists. Nor will you be able to leave a review on Amazon as a confirmed buyer. So I hope those who do order the book tell their friends about it (if you actually find value in it). Otherwise, my book may look DOA simply because everyone who was interested in it bought the early access editions.

Anyway, I’ll share more details as soon as I can.

I hope you are all enjoying the season!

Cheers,

Zero

Book Update : October 18, 2018

Hi,

I just updated the “book” page on my website to reflect the latest information, so I thought I would post it here as well.

There’s a new FAQ section on that page with some new information you might want to check out. Just follow the link above to the book page.

Also, all of my sites have gotten a bit of a refresh lately. Of most interest might be the videos featured on the front page of ZeroDean.com. I’ll be making other tweaks & updates here and there this week to get things back “up-to-date”. I mean, wow… you turn away for just a second and 2 years goes by like that. Scary.

Most current news:

I’m currently considering ways to release my book(s) without the personal narrative that is holding them up (see backstory below). I feel that the personal narrative adds immense value to the books (much like a rug can really tie a room together) — and releasing them without it is not the vision I have for the series.

But I also think the lessons — 95% of which have been finished since 2016 — are powerful. And the sooner I publish my book(s), the sooner the lessons can start making a difference in people’s lives. And, ultimately, that’s my goal.

So I may publish editions of the book(s) without the narrative and then publish revised editions later containing new and updated content (including corrections). In fact, I may make annual editions.

i.e.

Not Everyone Will Understand Your Journey
Lessons Learned from the Path Less Traveled

Book 1
2019 edition

Releasing my book(s) this way is not ideal, but “done is better than perfect”. The fact I’ve been so close to publishing for so long has been a thorn in my side. There is something to be said about following through with one’s goals.

• • •

Didn’t I allude to that in the last update?

For those of you subscribed to my book updates, yes, I kind of mentioned this might be the case. But now I’m actually taking steps to make it happen. Of course, it’s all somewhat dependent on a number of things happening in my life, but as much as I can devote time to getting this first book out, I will. And if that means publishing it in a way that doesn’t exactly meet my vision — so be it.

Backstory:

I originally wrote a single massive book of lessons — I just didn’t know it because it was in digital format.

When I received my editor’s copy in late 2016, I realized it was simply too big.  After considering my options, I decided to split the book into three volumes. I also saw this as an opportunity to add something to the books that I felt they were lacking.

Although the book I’d written had a personal element to it, I thought it would benefit from a more direct connection between the lessons being shared and some of the experiences that spawned them.

So rather than publish my book, I decided to split it into three volumes and add content that would help fill in some details left unexplained by the personal entries that begin each chapter.

And while I truly feel that the personal narrative makes the existing content more powerful — and my journey more relatable — writing it isn’t easy. In fact, writing the personal element of my books has been far more difficult than any of the lessons.

As I continued to work on the narrative, my progress slowed as I wrestled with writing. And then it stopped completely. So I took some time off and pursued other ventures.

Tell me what you think

I’d love to know what you think about this decision to publish without the complete content — and if you’re still interested in purchasing a copy of that edition. Of course, you’ll still be entitled to an early access signed/inscribed edition at less than 50% off the cover price. But if you decide the “incomplete” edition is not for you — I will provide the same benefits on the future “complete” release. It just might take a while.

Feel free to reply to this email — I should receive your reply. Alternatively, I just re-opened my facebook group/community. You’re welcome to stop in and leave a comment. Don’t be scared. These are good people — just like you.

Before I go…

I’m trying to make more of an effort to connect with people lately — I kind of crawled under a rock for a while. So if you feel like reaching out on social media or via email, feel free.

I’m not a big fan of social media, but despite the negatives, I do feel that it can be used for good — which is why I’m there. I’ve been a fair bit more active on Facebook and Instagram lately. See the links on my site if you’d like to connect that way.

Ok, that’s it for now. I hope my update finds you happy & healthy. This has been a rough year for me, but the upside to that is there are always lots of lessons to be learned — which I can then turn into a positive by sharing them with others.

Be excellent to each other.

Zero

Book Update : July 2, 2018

Hey Folks.

It’s been so long since my last update that some of you may have forgotten that you subscribed to my blog or my book updates list. In fact, so much time has passed that it is entirely possible that this content is no longer of interest or of relevance to you. And if that is the case, please know that you can easily unsubscribe using the instructions provided at the bottom of this message.

To those of you who decide to stick around, thank you!

What happened!?

Life happened.

As you know, things don’t always go according to plan. And progress on my book(s) is one of them.

In the spring of 2017 — as I neared completion of the first book (in a series of 3) — my progress began to slow. Despite spending several hours each day in front of my laptop, my productivity on my books would come and go in spurts. While the lessons that encompass all three books have essentially been finished since 2016, the personal narrative I decided to weave through the series has been… tricky. The narrative has been difficult for a number of reasons — most of which have to do with the constraints I wrote myself into (Though some of them have to do with the nature of the content itself. Personal stuff is, to re-use the word, tricky.)

In any case, there wasn’t a day that went by that I didn’t sit down to spend several hours writing. And as spring turned into summer, I became increasingly disappointed with my progress and productivity.

And then, in July 2017, a friend of mine — who is a general contractor — surprised me by asking if I’d be interested in helping him with his business. He had more work than he could keep up with and was looking for extra labor. I thought it sounded like an interesting opportunity and one in which I could learn a number of new skills — and get paid in the process. And it seemed like a good way to shake up my routine with the hope that the changes would allow me to make more progress on my books when I had the time to work on them.

So my friend asked me if I would help. And I said yes. And I was excited to be doing something completely new for a change. And while I knew my new routine would change things, I had no idea how much or in what ways.

At first, I thought I could work and write. But, um, no. I quickly discovered that after spending 8 or more hours each day performing laborious activities, I was too exhausted (mentally and physically) at the end of the day to even think about writing.

“Ok. Fine. I’ll write on weekends,” I thought.

But here’s the thing, the nature of what I’m writing requires me to be intimately aware of what I’ve written, what I’m writing, and where I’m heading. And this means being able to retain over 1,200 pages of information (if not intimately, then at least generally). And the more time I spent away from book writing, the further removed I felt from the content. So although I had two free days a week to write, it would always take me a bit of time to re-wrap my head around what I was trying to do and get back into the frame of mind to write.

And as time passed, this became more and more difficult to the point that I just stopped writing.

And even more time passed.

And lots of things other than book writing happened. And lots of lessons were learned. And, as usual, lots of past experiences are still being processed.

It’s funny how we can get swept into things (of our own choosing) that can sort of take us in directions we didn’t intend to go. And it isn’t that these are necessarily bad places to go — there are always lessons to learn — but boy, they can sure mess with one’s game plan!

So why the update now?

This update comes as a result of that fact that I recently stopped working for my friend. And, in a way, it feels like I’m finally able to gather my bearings after being caught up in something that swept me far away from where I intended to go.

What’s the plan now?

Although I hope to get to book writing sooner, my plan is to begin writing again in earnest in January 2019. In the meantime, I’m venturing back into portraits photography — for a few reasons. Not least of which is it’s something I can get excited about (but also because I can no longer make ends meet without an income).

A possible twist…

One of the things I’m currently considering is releasing one or more of my books — as they were originally written — without the personal narrative. While I feel that the personal narrative adds a vital element to the books, I also feel that it is the lessons contained within that will be the most helpful to people.

So I’m thinking about publishing an “alpha” or “beta” version of my book(s) or release them in “editions” that will be updated, improved, and added to over time. Ie. Lessons Learned from the Path Less Traveled (Book 1): Not Everyone Will Understand Your Journey — “Edition 1” or “2018 Edition” or something along those lines. Of course, I may be shooting my book sales in the foot by releasing them before they are presented as I ultimately envision them, I also feel that the sooner I release my books, the sooner some people may be positively affected by the lessons contained within.

So that something I’m thinking about.

Will I be writing/posting more content (to my blog)?

I’d like to. Despite the lack of progress on my books, I have been taking notes over the last year and there are a number of things I’d like to write about once the spark to write them hits. Generally speaking, the content I write is most often triggered by events that happen in my life. Now that I actually have a bit more time to write and think, I suspect that will happen with far more frequency.

Questions? Comments? Concerns? Ideas?

You are more than welcome to get in touch with me to discuss any of the above!

That’s all for now.

I hope this note finds you happy, healthy, and enjoying the journey of your life.

Zero