So far I am sticking to my new posting schedule pretty well. On Monday I shared a post about my own health progress and journey. Today seems to be moving forward with this short little diddy about the book I am banging out. That leaves the Friday post pointing you to my One Green Planet article for the week. So far so good!
For this week’s book post I’ll be giving an overview of what to expect when you download this little beauty in October or November… which is a big question mark by itself. Not the release dates… the format. When I was a young man reading Carl Hiaasen and Stephen King and dreaming of the rock star author life I always imagined sitting on stacks of new smelling books. There would be thick paper, a hard cover, and a handsome bio picture on the dust jacket. Not to mention the mile long line of adoring fans who think that my signature on the inside cover would be worth waiting for. I was a vain seventeen year old who seems to have grown into a vain 40 year old.
However, over the last few decades, books have evolved into a more nebulous animal. They can come in the standard “real” format or in an electronic version. On one hand, you can’t (really) sign a digital book or hand it off to friends and loved ones when you finish it like you can with a real life book. On the other hand, I can self-publish my completed book 10 minutes after the editing process is done. It shows up on Amazon and people can download it shortly after. I really like the thought of skipping the daunting task of finding a publisher and then turning over my blood, sweat, and manuscript over to them. Trust issues combined with control issues combined with issues in general make me think a digital e-book is the way to go.
So with only two months left to decide, I am going to let fate and the universe take control. The current flexible plan is to be ready for self publication as soon as the editing process is over. Once it makes it to market, I will let the sales determine if there will be a print version available. If there is sufficient call for it, I’d love to run a pile of real books and make them available on Amazon as well. If a publisher pops up before then (meaning: if my 1000 emails to publishing companies actually connects me with a living publisher of books) I would consider letting someone else take the reins. In short, I would gladly get over my issues if I had a chance to.
The working title (which is what authors call a title they are using even if they think it sucks) is The Veganauts’ Adventures. I’m sure this will turn into something more palatable and appropriate but I’m not ready to invest too much thought into it just yet. Sometimes it takes a while for an idea to percolate through my grey matter and I feel one getting ready to drip out.
The finished product will be a book that you can give to your friends, family, and co-workers that are preparing to make the leap into a vegan life. There are chapters and sections that could nudge people who do not know if they are ready yet, but it is really built for folks who are prepared to take the leap but don’t know where the jumping off points are. Basically, it’s exactly what I wanted to have when I was transitioning to the new lifestyle.
My hope is that I can lean on my old Atkins and Standard American Dieting lifestyle to show that any fat, sick, and nearly dead person with a strong dislike of fruits and vegetables can become a healthy, produce loving, plant-based dieting vegan.
I shocked the heck out of myself and the people around me by making what seemed like an impossible change. The reality is that it was much easier to make the switch than I expected and shockingly easy to maintain it once the transition period ended. I hope that my own success story and newly gained body of knowledge will help other people find my current level of bliss for themselves.
Of course, I wont complain if I also happen to score an appearance on the Ellen Show. I’ve been practicing my dance moves just in case.