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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.
- 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
- 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.
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.