Thursday, July 15, 2010
Today marks the 100th time I’ve written since this journey began.
Not that that in itself is a big deal. I just like marking things at 100, I guess.
If I can keep my butt moving, I will hit my goal of 100 pounds lost by Dec. 31.
Can I ask you a serious question? Good.
Do you think this blog would make a good book?
Please trust me when I say that I am not asking this question as a fishing expedition for compliments. You all have been very forthcoming with praise about both my efforts and my writing all along, and that’s not what I am looking for here.
I want a real, honest opinion about whether you think all these blog posts would be helpful, entertaining and marketable in book form.
I keep fighting that notion for several reasons.
1) I feel like there are a few personal blog posts sprinkled in here that would relate to no one.
2) The success of the book would be largely dependent on whether I actually hit my goal of losing 100 pounds in 10 months. Not that I’m already saying I won’t make my goal, but I am saying that actually accomplishing what I set out to do is a factor.
3) Probably most importantly, I’m realistic. I know what people go through to get books published. It’s grueling. It’s lots of rejection. It’s an all-out assault on your self-esteem. I don’t know if I can handle that after I’ve put my heart and soul into this project … Project Me.
I have many friends who have had books published. Heck, I’m one of the very few from my college newspaper staff who hasn’t published a book.
There’s Jerry’s true-story tear-jerker, Ryan’s look at UK basketball, Molly’s vampire series and Chris’ sci-fi masterpieces.
These folks are amazing, and I was lucky to have worked beside them.
And I don’t think my subject matter or writing skills are at their level. I really don’t.
But the notion of turning this into a book keeps coming up, even by some very smart people whose opinions I value greatly.
What’s your very smart opinion?