The closer you get to a goal, the more the Universe sends bad juju

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Last week, I submitted the final version of my new book, 49 Tips & Insights for Understanding Addiction, to Amazon for a 10/13 release date (You can pre-order it here). There was no fanfare; nor trumpets sounded to welcome its inclusion among the millions and millions of Kindle books swarming in Amazon’s databases. Really, if it wasn’t for Amazon’s automatic “Thank you” page, there would have been no sign that anything changed within the literary world.

But, I was happy. When I began envisioning this book, I wondered if it would be a project that gained enough traction to become a reality.   Bringing a book to life is not an easy undertaking. With each passing sentence that finds its way to the page, obstacles emerge that do their best to stop the book from becoming.

Any undertaking is like that though: The closer you get to a goal, the more the Universe sends bad juju to trip you up and make you want to say, “To Hell with this crap!” I know that within my writing life, I’ve said those very words so many times that they just may become my epitaph. The thing is, though, that I don’t seem to have a choice when it comes to this writing stuff. I write because if I don’t, I can feel myself shriveling into a spiritual human prune.

When I was young and naïve, I thought that agents and editors would line up to acquire my work. I figured that at some point, my writing would pay the bills because it was so desirable that how could it not? But, alas, though I did have an agent and a Simon & Schuster imprint called “Rayo Press” was interested in the manuscript that became my novel, Butterfly Warrior; I had to do the way of a small independent press to get Butterfly Warrior into print. My agent wasn’t all that interested in the literary world and Rayo Press folded like a bed sheet at a flea market. My flirtation with the literary world ended with an almost imperceptible whimper.

So, last night, I uploaded 49 Tips & Insights for Understanding Addiction. As usual, I dream of it selling thousands of copies. It should. Not only is it well-written, but it also will help people fight Addiction. I released it as a Kindle eBook in the first iteration because I want it to be a self-sustaining work. That is, if it sells enough, I can then afford to release it as a print book and then get it into hands of people who may prefer printed books.

I don’t know if it’s going to sell; as any author knows, there’s a world of difference between writing a book and selling it. But, I am thrilled that, once again, the demons of bad juju had nothing of any value for me. I overcame their crap and brought another book to life. Now, I have to put on my sales and marketing hat and try to get in into people’s hands who need it. So: GET YOUR COPY!

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