What I Learned About “Publishing”

teddy-rooseveltIt has been one week since Meredith Moriak wrote an article about the eBook I put together and placed on Amazon.com.  Well, have I learned a great deal from “publishing” my first eBook.  I have written an eBook on my year as a school teacher.

I never intended to put it out for public consumption, at least as an eBook.  But I had written several blog posts over the year and thought, why not?  Wow did I learn a great deal this past week.  Actually, I have probably been stretched this past week more than any other in recent memory.


What have I learned? 

  • Everyone is a critic.  I never intended for my eBook to be a huge best seller, it was just a random collection of my thoughts, sometimes not always well organized.
  • People think through their own lens and project that onto others.  Example?  Here is “Roy” in a comment from the paper: I am wondering how he knows what or how students were taught in the 50’s. Is he that old, or was he reincarnated. As I recall there were no computers back than, you either went to the library to do research or if you were lucky and your parents had enough money they would buy a hard copy of the Encyclopedia. In my own humble opinion you have to learn the basics first, reading, writing and arithmetic. That is why we have colleges and trade schools, and the school of hard knocks to learn what ever trade or job you may want to learn and do. Leave the radicalism to them (those that I mentioned in the last sentence).  To answer his first question, I read history.  But this gentleman is assuming facts not in evidence.  I agree with his assertion about learning reading, writing and arithmetic.  He assumes (my projecting) that I am a liberal teacher who wants to teach our students “radicalism”.  Which is the furthest thing from the truth he could have said about me?
  • It is easy to criticize, but hard to create.  If you dare to create something and put it out there, you will be criticized by many who have not the courage to do the same on their own.  Not all criticism comes in this way, but much of it. 


My advice?  Do something and put it out there and start a debate.  If you wait to put out the perfect “thing” you will NEVER do it, just do it.  I will leave you with my favorite quote from Theodore Roosevelt.  Until next time, peace.


“It is not the critic who counts;
not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena,
whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood;
who strives valiantly;
who errs and comes short again and again;
who knows great enthusiasms,
the great devotions;
who spends himself in a worthy cause;
who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement,
and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly
so that his place shall never be with those timid souls who know neither victory or defeat.”

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