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Screen Shot 2015-08-01 at 10.11.59 AMSome months ago I was on a train, headed from Washington D.C. to central Florida. I like traveling by train. Or at least, I find I am more likely to enjoy a train ride than I am to enjoy the cattle call cluster of a mess that commercial air travel has become. What I never expected however was an evening of thoroughly satisfying conversation that included an excellent book recommendation. I guess sometimes, you get more than you pay for.

My table mates at dinner were an older couple on their way to catch a cruise ship in south Florida.  As we rolled through Virginia, the husband, a large, jovial man with a gift for conversation and a zest for life, matched me story for story. Retired now, he related that when he was a working stiff, he’d been a doctor. An anesthesiologist in fact. I found this ironic. How was it possible such an excellent conversationalist could have made his living by putting people to sleep?

The world is full of oddities. Thank goodness we stumble upon them from time to time.

During dinner, when the subject of books came up, as it invariably does, his smile brightened up to an even higher wattage than he’d shown to that point, exclaiming that his niece had just published a book that he was quite proud of. He said it was good. Funny, perceptive, and well worth reading. Yet he admitted with some slight embarrassment that he wouldn’t say the title out loud. Instead, he fumbled for his phone, tapped away for several seconds, then showed me the screen. On that little Chinese built glass panel was the cover of Amy Alkon’s masterwork, Good Manners for Nice People who Sometimes Say F*CK. Read More →

SmallCover_JPGHow would you like to be honored, celebrated, immortalized even – with your name in a book? Pretty cool, huh? Well, hang on tight, Skippy. This post just might hold the secret to your big chance to see your name in print.

Traditionally, there are three ways to get your name in a book. They are, as follows.

1) Write a book. This is by far the slowest, most work-intensive, and frustrating way to get your name into a book. Plus, it requires you to write a lot. That alone has caused many a successful person to terminate their own existence rather than face the pencil, the pen, the typewriter, or the keyboard one more time. Slow and risky, but it’s a viable method. And so we move on to option… Read More →