Jonathan Fields and The Good Life Project

Another snippet from Tom Bentley’s blog. I’ll weigh in as well, because I love Jonathan Fields and the Good Life Project.

Jonathan is good at letting people talk. These aren’t interviews so much as led conversations. He’s not showing up with a list of questions to elicit the facts they want to share. He’s in the moment, helping someone he’s excited about share their passion with us.

His book Career Renegade changed my life. I’m still working on Uncertainty after my second reading, trying to move it from head knowledge to heart action.

Tom comments:

Jonathan Fields is a guy who almost seems like a data-delighted high priest of writing, with his winning blend of using logic, science and especially the human touch to plumb and understand the depths of communication. His Good Life Project is a probing, reflective series of interviews with people who have struggled in their work and personal lives and gained great (and instructive) ground in understanding and elaborating on the human condition. And how to live richly and well within that humanness. Fields is a fine author as well.

Jonathan Fields' Good Life Project

Getting Your Book Out of the “Someday” Box by Finding Why

Getting Your Book Out of the Someday BoxThe greatest challenge to getting your book out of the “someday” box isn’t writing, it’s starting. It helps if you spend some time finding why; if you clearly establish your real reason for writing a business book.

  1. Are you writing a book to make money? Don’t. Virtually all books sell less than 500 copies. Ever. Even if you make $12 a copy (which is pretty good), you just made $6,000.
  2. To establish yourself as an expert. Good reason. If you literally wrote the book, you’ll be recognized as an authority on your subject.
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The Village Id – Excerpt from an Unpublished Work

Below is an excerpt from one of my unpublished works, The Village Id — my homage to P. G. Wodehouse.

Every village has a character. I don’t mean the village idiot. I mean a personality, a feel that’s obvious to visitors, yet invisible to residents.

Come to think of it, every village has a character in the other sense. Not necessarily an idiot. That would hardly be polite, and rarely truthful.

No, a character: the odd man out, the one whose character isn’t totally aligned with the village’s.

In Iddington village that would be me: I’m the only sane person there.

The Village

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Married to an Author

Joel and Sue CanfieldI’m married to an author. I work with an author. In fact, many authors. In my work for Someday Box I’ve worked with a dozen authors or so this year. In my virtual assistant business I’ve worked with another dozen or so this past year. So I know quite a bit about authors.

If you are married to an author, you know authors can have their quirks.

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How Do I Know if I’m a Real Writer or Not?

?In another of my newsletter signup welcome email conversations, Michael asked,

As an old guy, my only real question about publishing in general is: am I considered to be a writer, for real, if I’m not published by a traditional publisher?

By you, or by traditional publishers, or by your readers, or by your family, or by other self-published authors?

You might guess that some folks will look down on you, and some won’t.

I think the answer that matters is what it feels like to you.

I’ve self-published 10 books. Anyone who thinks I’m not an author, a real writer, can take a flying leap. I know what I am.

You probably do, too.

You don’t need anyone’s permission to be who you are and do what you do.

“Practical Advice to Help You Get the Job Done”

Stephanie Chandler, Author, Speaker and Publisher, reviewed the book, Getting Your Book Out of the Someday Box. Her review, as found in the book, follows: Continue reading ““Practical Advice to Help You Get the Job Done””