Surgical Removal Techniques for the Book
Whether or not you have a book inside you can be simply determined.
Most local hospitals will be happy to charge you for an MRI to
determine this. Normally, a trade book will appear on the scan at
about 6x9 inches, a hard cover (which can sometimes be determined by
sharp edges poking through the abdominal cavity), is often slightly
For those of you without health plans, or worse, with HMOs,
determining if you have a book inside you can be done without the
benefit of your doctor. My strong recommendation is to sit quietly
with your idea for a few moments, breathing as you would in an ashram.
After some time, focus on the content of your proposed book. Feel the
sensations of eagerness well up within, like a white light from Times
Square’s biggest marquee shining down on your body, suffusing your
speaking business with greater success, notoriety and of course,
If you find yourself reverberating with glee at the presence of these
thoughts, chances are you will test positive for containing a book.
But this, my friends, is not enough. The book must be given life.
There is an easy and most effective first step to forecast the future
of your intended project, before it is born. This process is similar
in some ways to a pregnant woman having an amniocentesis to determine
genetic flaws with her unborn child. You sit down again, this time in
front of your laptop. Repeat the breathing process from exercise one
and type the words “amazon.com” into your browser.
Again, you will be suffused with white light, then more colors, as you
log onto “Earth’s Biggest Bookstore.” At this magical location, where
it says “All Products”, select “Books”. Next, type in the words that
most closely relate to the subject of your book-to-be.
Words like “finance”, “management”, “change” and so forth are all
likely candidates. When the Amazon listing returns with a group of
books using that title, select the top selling 6-8 books most closely
related to your book. And now, using all the willpower at your
disposal, despite the fact your revenues have been down since 9/11 and
you are struggling to pay your upcoming NSA membership
dues….ready?….order all 8 of them!
That’s right! Actually support another writer’s work! For every dollar
you spend here, the author will be profiting pennies, and someday,
you, too, will be in that happy category…if you follow through.
When the books come, open them up and read them. Muse on how your
unborn title could offer something New, Different, Better or More (NDBM)
than the book you are now reading. Ponder this as you would the great
mysteries of the Universe.
Only when you have succinctly determined that the book you are
incubating will become something NDBM than the competitors, only when
you know that you can do better and can clearly tell a third party why
without hyperbole, only at that moment will you know for certain that,
boy golly, you DO have a book inside you!
Submitted with love to Super Greggy
Keller Media, Inc.
Literary Agency & Speakers Bureau
23852 West Pacific Coast Highway, Suite 701
Malibu, CA 90265 USA