ENDNOTE: Don’t let your story or wisdom go unpublished



Posted by: By Tom Woods | October 12, 2016

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Even though nonfiction titles sell fewer copies than you may have thought, they are not for that reason a waste of time, particularly if you derive intellectual pleasure, as I do, from the challenge that comes with writing them. Writing a book can open major print, radio, and television outlets to you and your ideas, thereby giving you a chance to spread your message to a wider audience than just the reading public. Authors receive speaking invitations that give them the opportunity to reach a broader audience still, while adding to their (erratic) income. And so on.

If you want to write a book, then, just be sure to go into it with your eyes open: you probably won’t retire on the royalties.

But there are other reasons to write a book, even financial ones. A book can yield income indirectly. For one thing, rightly or wrongly, being an author gives you automatic credibility with lots of people. As I noted above, a book can open doors for you on the speaking circuit and in the media. It can promote your business, service, or product, though you need to be subtle about this.

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I think there is another more significant reason to self-publish — to capture and memorialize for all time some of your dikw (i.e., data, information, knowledge, wisdom), your memes and paradigms, or your feelings.
I’ve done a little of each —
CHURCH 10•19•62 

2009 Collected Short Stories

Sharp elbow; warm heart — The journey of a girl born into poverty, From a tenement walk up … to … a quiet passing into heaven … with frequent stops: to help people, and love all the children along the way. The Evlynn Marie Mahoney Reinke story 

My Code Book

Reinke Faces Life in 2006

2013 carmina quam triste

Maybe someday in someway, this might be useful to someone.

I was at my Uncle Big John’s wake, and his younger brother approached me about him writing a book. Of course, I encouraged him.

After we talked, I wonder how much of Big John’s stories and tales went with him. And it made me sadder.

Don’t let yours die with you. Get them on paper for whatever reason.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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