Quick Updates

As we all down our egg nog and other coping skills of choice this holiday season, here are two quick updates to bring you up to speed:

For all intents and purposes, an agent for my book, “We’re All Crazy,” has been secured. There are a few minor administrative things to work out, but we are essentially locked and loaded. Hopefully this means attempting to secure a publisher within the next month, and of course you’ll be kept apprised as the process unflolds.

If you are familiar with the publishing world (especially the rejection piece, as I am), you know that having an agent is often mandatory, but guarantees nothing. Literary agents do take on projects that they ultimately cannot get published. That said, the people who were interested in representing me were extremely passionate about the book and I believe it will get a strong push (in spite of the fact that an agent doesn’t make any money if the book doesn’t sell).

As always, thank you to everyone who has read and continues to read the site. I’ve learned firsthand that publishing is so much more about business than art, and without a dedicated audience, selling a book becomes that much more difficult. Thanks go out as well to a small group of great people who gave incredible insights while parts of the book are/were being hammered out. And a very special thank you to Philalawyer (PL) for taking an insane amount of time out of his schedule to work with me on multiple aspects of book writing.

Speaking of PL, he is offering a free chapter that was originally going to appear in his book, Happy Hour is for Amateurs. You can get access to that material here. I’ve spoken over email with some of you about his book. The two most common misconceptions I hear from people who have passed on reading it have been “it’s a book for lawyers,” and “it’s for people who hate their jobs.” If you’re unfortunate enough to be a miserable lawyer then perhaps this book is extra special for you, but that is far from necessary to appreciate how good a book this is. As PL himself puts it, it’s “a book about escape.” Unless you’ve lived a charmed life (and none of us have), this book resonates with its readers because it’s about coping. Or perhaps a failure to cope at times, turning to various vices to get through the day. We’ve all been there. In short, you’re missing out on a great read. Do yourself a favor and take a look.

Happy Holidays and I’ll speak with you soon.

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6 Responses to “Quick Updates”

  1. Josh says:

    Happy holidays, Dr.Rob. Here’s to seeing your book adventure come to fruition in the coming year. Although I’d speculate that you’re too good to not have it work out for you.

    While I’m only 16, I find PL hysterical but have yet to read his book. I’ve always thought I was a tad too far away from the target audience to appreciate the book’s premise.

  2. Amber says:

    Congrats on securing an agent!

    Hope you have a wonderful holiday Doc 🙂

  3. Tracie says:

    Happy holidays, Rob, and grats on the agent. 🙂

  4. Rach says:

    anyway you can put the sticky post at the top onto the sidebar??? i never scroll down (hence never know that you have new posts.) (:::scratches head – doesn’t know why she doesn’t think up the obvious::::)

    Happy New Year
    Rach, the blackberry (ab)user

  5. Catherine says:

    Chee hoo!

  6. Alec says:

    I know you have an agent and such, but have you ever heard of lulu.com? It’s where I am going to publish my book when I finish writing it, and as I understand it, they give you a comparably high commission, although you don’t get as much publicity unless you decide to go with the non-free publishing options. Just throwing that out there.

    Good luck with your book and happy holidays!