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Copies of My Book

Copies of my book arrived today. I was expecting this HUGE box, but I guess 30 paperback books doesn’t take up a lot of space.

They turned out quite nicely. I was expecting newsprint, but the pages are nice, white bond paper. The cover is slick nice looking too.

The arrived right before my networking meeting. A lawyer in the group immediately purchased a copy and asked me to sign it. Cool. I’ve signed my coffee table photo books, but this is the first time signing a written book.

By the way, copies can be purchased on-line by clicking here.

It’s funny… of all the business help books out there, and I’ve bought my share, I would have bought this book on day-1 of deciding to start my photography studio.  I cannot say that about every book out there, and I cannot say that about other books I’ve started writing, but never finished.  I guess that is because I wrote this form the perspective of, “What advice do I wish I would have received 14 years ago?”

That’s what makes the difference.  25 Things Business Owners Do to Undermine Their Business – and how to avoid and correct them, is written from my heart as I try to tell you, “Here are some mistakes I made along the way, or mistakes I’ve seen others make, and I don’t want you to have to make them too.”

And, if you don’t own a business, you might want to get it for your boss.  We all know people who can benefit from a book like this.

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The Book is Published

I got the book done, and submitted to the publisher, and it is now available on-line:

25 Things Business Owners Do To Undermine Their Business

It feels so good to have it complete.  I started writing it back in March of 2012 and it is now done.  Finished.

I wish I could walk up to business owners who really need this book and say, “BUY IT and you’ll stay in business and maybe make money too.”  But, that would be rude and pretentious.  Yet, as you read it you’ll hear examples of people who need (or needed) this book.

I started off writing it for just photographers.  I see so many business errors being committed by follow photographers, but then I thought, why limit my audience?  These principles apply to all businesses.  So, I made some corrections and revisions and wrote it so it is applicable across the board.

I am glad I did.  It was hard making the book long enough to be worthy of a $19.95 price tag.  I went to Barns and Noble  and looked at books of this genre and realized I had to have about 150-200 pages.  Had I not made it generic, I would have had a little pamphlet for photographers.  No, this a lot more than that.

The title of the book may sound a bit negative, but the subtitle is…

and how to avoid and correct them

It is a workbook/textbook for business owners and people starting new businesses.  Nearly every chapter has an assignment.  This is not a book you read, put down, and go about doing the same thing you’ve always done.  This is a book where you read a chapter, you ponder what it is you need to do, you write it down in the book, establish a completion date, and then you DO IT.  Hence, the how to correct them.

Now on to book two…

22 Things That Lead to Stellar Customer Service

Yeah, I’m a glutton for punishment, but customer service seems to be a lost art.  Just the other day I heard this conversation at a supermarket…

Man:  These baskets are filthy you guys should clean them.
Clerk (in a snotty tone):  The person who used it before you should clean it.

I looked at the clerk in astonishment.  I then looked at the customer who complained.  The clerk had an express is if to say, “What everrrr.”  The customer had an express as if to say, “I’m not shopping here any more.”

And it is that sort of stuff that is driving me to write my second book.

Hobbit Movie

After attending a baptism this afternoon, Elizabethe and I went to see the new Hobbit movie. I’m not a real big fan of fantasy, but I did enjoy reading the Hobbit when I was in 9th grade. The images stuck in my mind, and so when I saw the movie, it was very interesting to see which parts of the movie matched my mental images.

The movie was pretty good, although I think our local theatre was showing us the 3D version without the 3D glasses. That part, was a bit annoying in parts.

It is a cliff hanger. Because it stops in a part of the story with no resolution, it does leave you feeling like the story is incomplete. Both Elizabethe and I felt that was disappointing.

I’m certain people will be anxiously waiting for the next installment of the story, but having read the book, I know how the story ends.

Writing for Publication

Writing for publication is difficult.  I hated writing as a student.  It was my least favorite thing.  Now, I find myself doing this difficult task to get gain.  Why do I punish myself?

I’ve got a couple of articles in the works plus a couple of books.  For the magazine articles, you have to write at about a 6th grade level.  I find that part easy.  The difficult part is getting the story to flow so you don’t confuse the reader.  For the books, it is even harder.  My wife keeps pointing out that I need to “show” not “tell” the readers.  A narrative (tell) is so much easier than painting a picture with words.

I spent most of the day working on one of my articles.  Writing for the newspaper was much easier.  Those articles were short.  A magazine demands more, and it also requires photos to go with the story.  Came the end of the day, I wasn’t quite ready to stop writing because I didn’t want to lose that momentum.

Tonight at the temple was the Tanner’s last Tuesday night.  I’m glad they live close enough that we can still visit and see them.  Next Tuesday, the new presidency will be in place.

Autumn Leaves