Scott H Young

I am Writing a Book


About two weeks ago I started writing my first book. The working title for the book is Personal Evolution: A Handbook for Getting the Most Out of Life and I plan to release it sometime in the fall. The book basically takes the core ideas of this website and really fleshes them out. Readers who have read all my articles here will be familiar with the concepts but I am presenting them in a very detailed and comprehensive way that couldn’t be done justice in a few blog articles.

Most of my articles simply skim the surface of a topic and don’t really leave a lot of room for deep debates. I love writing free content and my ultimate goal is to help people, but I believe there are a lot of people that want more depth that I really just can’t fit into a blog post. So far writing the book hasn’t impacted my blogging rate, so those readers who just want a new article every day or two won’t be left out.

Originally I thought of releasing the book as a free e-book. But when I totaled up the amount of content I wanted to write, I was looking in the 150-200 pages range, which is starting to get a little unmanageable for a basic e-book and the costs of producing it would make it difficult to distribute for free. As the folks at lulu.com are able to print hardcover and paperback books on demand, I’ve signed up with them and I’m testing their services.

Because the book would be in a 6×9″ format, the page count I initially projected is a little low. Based on the first two chapters I’ve written I expect the final book to be about 300 pages of content. The total amount of writing in the book is likely to rival the size of my entire archives. I haven’t settled on a final price for the book, but lulu.com has preset production costs that I need to take into account for publishing.

I’ve already written the first fifty pages of the book, but I understand that over half of the process of writing a book is editing and clean-up. Here is a chapter summary for Personal Evolution.

  • Introduction
  • Chapter One: Evolve Yourself
  • Chapter Two: Habitual Mastery (vastly updated from the original series)
  • Chapter Three: Goals
  • Chapter Four: Productivity
  • Chapter Five: Learning
  • Chapter Six: Emotional Mastery
  • Chapter Seven: Lateral and Vertical Growth
  • Chapter Eight: Creating Passion
  • Chapter Nine: Beginning Your Evolution
  • Conclusion

Although it is still early, I’ll be needing a bit of help to get the book completed. I’m looking for people to review copies of the book before publishing. I will also be budgeting expenses for someone who can do cover/book jacket design and someone who has professional book editing experience to do a final edit of the books content. If you would like to do a review or can recommend/offer services for design/editing please leave a comment here or send me an e-mail.

Any comments, suggestions or questions are welcome.


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14 Responses to “I am Writing a Book”

  1. Ashwin says:

    Scott,

    I would be glad to review the book. Let me know if I can be any help in your Book Publishing. :)

    Also is any publisher ready to publish your book? Or it’ll be finalized only after you’re done with the book?

  2. Peter says:

    Hi Scott,
    my advice is to write less, eliminate everything you can, everything not absolutely essential to get the idea across. Use lots of “use case” stories and use images or illustrations. Be different.

    Take a look at this presentation:
    http://www.ai.uga.edu/mc/WriteThinkLearn_files/frame.htm
    also take a quick look at this link (I cannot quite pin point it but I think that is something hidden in the text that might help you):
    http://www.tutorialized.com/tutorial/How-To-Write-Effective-Tutorials/12606

    If you can morph what you want to say into a story and keep it as short as possible… value could come out of your book.
    Here is a little quote:
    “A master was once unmoved by the complaints of his disciples that, though they listened with pleasure to his parables and stories, they were also frustrated for they longed for something deeper. To all their objections he would simply reply: ‘You have yet to understand, my friends, that the shortest distance between a human being and truth is a story.’”

  3. Dror Engel says:

    Hi Scott,
    I will be happy to review your book
    you can contact me through my email
    Dror.

  4. Scott Young says:

    I’m self-publishing through lulu.com. This will give me a greater control of the content and a greater percentage of sales. Since I’m targeting the book at current readers, selling it myself makes the most sense as bookstores are already drowning in self-help books, especially ones that will be more general like mine.

    Thanks Peter. I’m simply writing the book now, but I’ll be going through several rounds of heavy idea trimming and modification so it can be more comprehensive and easier to understand.

    For anyone that wants to review, I’ll collect up e-mails in this comment page and contact you when I’m about to release.

  5. Antony Jepson says:

    Hello Scott.

    I would also be glad to review your book.
    Just give me a shout through my email.

    Antony.

  6. [...] Scott had sent me one of the chapters of his new book, and I can see there’s a post where he shares his plan for what will be his first book. Good luck, Scott! I think you’re doing great! [...]

  7. Rob Donoghue says:

    I’ve worked through lulu on several projects, and if you want to keep control of the project and see more of the money go into your pockets, I have nothing but good things to say about them and their service. They’re a good choice, so big thumbs up.

    But that said, your writing seems solid enough that I’m wondering why you are going that route. This is not a slam against self-publication by any stretch, but there are certain realities of distribution which are difficult to overcome. If your sole target market is to be viewers of this blog and people who accidentally stumble upon it at lulu (Love em, but their storefront is far from unified) then awesome, but that seems a limitation.

    Now, for all that there are lots of good reasons I could see. That the book is being written for your sake, that the process of pitching it would be too onerous, that you actively support the POD aesthetic, that this is just a supplement to what you want to release as free content, maybe something else.

    But at the end of the day, you’ve written some good stuff, and I think a book would be fantastic – I’ll certainly pick it up – and it would certainly seem to merit at least consideration for traditional distribution, even if you pull a Godin and also release it for free.

    Anyway, for all that, good luck with your book!

  8. Scott Young says:

    Rob,

    Thanks for the info. For a number of reasons I’m going to start just by releasing the book on this website, but I’ll definitely consider trying to do an actual book deal if popularity here continues to grow.

  9. Robin Edman says:

    Hi Scott,

    I would be happy to review the book as well.

  10. Scott Young says:

    Thanks Robin, I’ll contact you when it gets closer to a release.

  11. max night says:

    Writing a book is one of the most difficult and yet rewarding things you can do. I congratulate you on starting a 300 page book. Thanks for posting a few responses to my comments. Its not often I get to talk to people on the Internet. the last time I responded on here to your articles was a month ago. As Ive said, the anime I planned on writing will instead be a book because I feel a book will get a wider audience. Its going to be quite a tragic story, about curses and the consequences of being born with them. i hope your book will get some following because many of your articles are very helpful and reassuring to what I already apply to my life or believe. good luck towards publishing it!

  12. Scott Young says:

    Actually Max, the book is halfway finished right now and I expect to be done the first draft by June. If you want my advice, start right away. The shortest distance between now and a goal is to start now.

  13. milex86 says:

    Hi Scott, I’d like to review your book… it would be a new challenge for me!!

  14. BH says:

    Hi Scott, would be glad to review your book.

Debate is fine, flaming is not. Pretend that this comment form is a discussion taking place in my house. That means I enjoy constructive criticism and polite suggestions. Personal attacks, insults and all-purpose nastiness will be removed especially if it is directed at other readers.

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