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April 06, 2006

An expert on writing a book

I have never become an expert on anything as quickly as I have become an expert on writing a book.

There are lots of fields in which expertise is hard-earned over years of work and study. Everybody can see the long road to becoming an expert and they won’t call you one until you are far down that road.

Writing a book, and having it published by a "real publisher", is not one of those fields.

There is a curtain between "I have an idea for a book" and "my book is published." For the past year everybody I have met who hasn’t passed through the curtain, but wants to, has been treating me as an expert. But I’m not very far down the road to expertise on writing and publishing a book; I just passed through the curtain.

For example, if I were truly an expert, I would have anticipated Bookfat and avoided it.

True expertise is still further down the road.

Posted by Bob Pritchett at April 6, 2006 05:00 AM

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Unfortunately, when clients FedEx you Book-Congratulations Cookies, it becomes even harder to start to work on getting that bookfat to melt away.

Posted by: Andy at April 8, 2006 09:33 PM

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