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

Book Update : Mar 22, 2017

Hi Folks,

As you may have noticed, it’s been a while since my last update. Yeah, I noticed that, too. Here’s the latest news:

Status:

I’ve finished the narratives for the first book. I ran into some health issues (which I hope are behind me) so it took a fair bit longer than I expected. One day I’ll fill you in on the details (in fact, it will likely make it into a narrative for book 3). In any case, it appears that my brain is working again and I’m a lot more efficient & productive than I have been for a while.

Release estimate:

Due to how inaccurate my previous estimates for when my first book would be available, I’m hesitant to provide a guess as to when it will be available. All I can say is “as soon as I’m confident I am providing you with the highest quality content I am capable of creating at this time“.

Just know that aside from some nitty gritty detail work (I need to draw some maps, have my new content proofread and make changes accordingly), all of the content for the early access edition of book one is complete.

Early access editions:

What I previously referred to as “advanced copies” are now “early access editions”. What does this mean? It means that some of the content (mainly narrative related — the lessons in the books should remain mostly untouched) may change between the early access edition of a book and the final release.

Here’s why:

The 25 chapters that span all the 3 volumes of this series are designed to provide details of my journey and are (mostly) presented in chronological order. As I have not yet completed all of the narratives for all three books, it is possible that some future content may be best presented in a different order. Or, some future content may prompt me to tweak existing work in order to present it in the most effective way.

This has already happened in the process of writing the narratives for book one. For example, “narrative 2” ended up getting added to “narrative 1”. This resulted in me having to write an additional narrative. Then “Narrative 7” became “Narrative 2” and the existing narrative got shifted forward — thus shifting ALL narratives by one — and so forth and so on. It wasn’t planned, but it works much better this way.

If there is anything I want to you take away from this it’s this:

  • The early access copies are truly limited editions
  • My primary concern is providing you with the highest quality content in the most impactful way that I can

Benefits of purchasing an early access edition (updated):

  • Purchasing an early access edition will not only entitle you to a greater than 50% discount off the cover price ($27.99), it will also entitle you to a discount on the final release (provided you wish to purchase it). Please note, the content of early access editions and the final releases should be very similar. It is simply that I may change the order in which things are presented.
  • Your book will be personalized by the author (signed & inscribed to you or anyone you gift it to)
  • You will receive your book weeks before it’s available anywhere else
  • You will be entitled to a complimentary digital edition (when available)
  • You are under no obligation to buy the book until it is ready to be shipped to you
  • You will be one of the first in the world to get one of the first copies of the first edition of this book available anywhere

You raised the cover price?

Yes. Here’s why:

My original price estimate for my books was $12.95 to $14.95 and I still aim to provide the books to you (waiting list recipients) at that price (the “greater than 50% off” discount will do that). So the increase in the cover price won’t actually affect you.

I raised the cover price of my books after realizing my existing estimates not only gave me no wiggle room with regard to actually making money from the books (or to provide future discounts), it didn’t accurately reflect the value of the books. This is content compiled over 7 years of hard-earned lessons that I’ve been working into book form for nearly 2. And it is presented with the sole purpose of having a significant positive impact on your life. But as I have yet to make any money from my content over the course of these 7 years, your purchase of the first book will directly help me to live while I work on finishing books 2 and 3.

Ok, that’s it for now. I’m hoping that my next update will arrive much quicker than the last one.

I want you to know that I greatly appreciate you reading this, your interest in my work, and your support.

With my thanks,

Zero Dean

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, don’t hesitate to let me know.

How you can help:

Helping to create interest in my work and my book is always helpful. If it becomes relevant in any way, be sure to let people know that signing up for an early access edition of my book will entitle them to a greater than 50% off discount when it becomes available.

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!

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