Can you keep a secret? I need to know that I can trust you to tell only your closet 1,000 friends? I am working FERVENTLY, feverishly, and fast on "Book No.2 (NOT the title)" in my HATCH! Creativity series—"A FOUR Book Trilogy."
Latest development: Looks like I have found a way to use the word "Adventure" into the SUB-title. (It actually works quite well with the theme and mood of the book. It portends a particularly fun section inside. It is also a paean, an homage, to one of my three favorite projects I worked on directly while I was at Disney Imagineering: the now legendary and, alas, defunct (destroyed) Adventurers Club. So, "mums the word" Shhhhhh! I am bent on trying to finish "Book No.2" in time for a pre-Christmas release. This is assuming I will again, as with HATCH!, be self-publishing this next entry in my creativity series. As such, we are planning a pre-sale of the book (to help pay for the not-insignificant costs of production.)
This will be a direct pre-sale, through my online book store—www.CMcNairWilson.selz.com—not a "Kickstarter" campaign. (But I am thinking about some special incentives for those who order first. PLUS, you can be certain the pre-publishing price will be reduced from the cover price (a.k.a. the Amazon price.) In fact you can still get signed and inscribed (to any friend you name, including you) copies of HATCH! for $5 off the current Amazon price. And when you purchase two copies you can get a third book HALF OFF! Just hop over to www.cMcNairWilson.selz.com. HATCH! is the perfect gift for a grad headed to college or into the workforce to have a head start on the competition in brainstorming and playful teamwork.
I have been working on this new writing "adventure" since before HATCH! was release in September 2012. The new book is the one book I have wanted to write for more than twenty years! I just could not figure out how to put into words that would be as inspiring, playful, and ... adventurous as the message. The OBJECTIVE of this book, the why I wrote it, is to inspire the reader to understand their own original, "factory installed:, creative spirit. I tried like heck not to deal with that subject in HATCH!, knowing I was going to do this next book. But throughout reader comments on Amazon, and in your emails, blog posts, and even snail mail letters (keep 'em comin') you said HATCH! inspired your own creativity.
The basis for the new book is my TEDTalk, Recapturing Your Creative Spirit. (Follow the link at the top of this blog to see the online video—75 minutes!) It is my most f-f-f-frequently requested presentation as a keynote address at large corporate conventions. (I have even delivered it at several not-so-huuuuuuuge events.) I always tailor the content to the group I am with. That's great fun.
Customizing it for Salvation Army (Monday in upstate New York), Farmers Insurance lawyers (Wednesday in Las Vegas), and a writers conference (Thursday in Colorado Springs) is my adventure. That was an actual (though not typical) week I had last year. So, it occurred to me, as I was playing with the content, visual layout, and title/sub-title of this new book,
"I try to make my life an adventure. How do I encourage others to that as well?"
BAM! Suddenly "adventure" became a key solution, for now, to the conundrum of crafting a playful, yet clear and communicative sub-title for the book. In non-fiction, typically, the sub-title is a way to tell the reader what the contents and purpose of the book are. Several author friends have shared that when they were wrestling with their publisher over the book title that the author wanted, the resolution was allowing the editor to have more input on the subtitle. On HATCH!, we had, as reader will recall, rejections from EIGHTEEN publishers!  One editor, at one of the top publishers (in New York City), loved HATCH!, but hated the original title.
When I submitted the manuscript, HATCH! was titled, Donuts On the Moon (the title of chapter six in HATCH!) She said "I don't get ... and neither will anyone." But she did say, "the subtitle helps, a lot." The subtitle on "Donuts ..." was and had always been, Brainstorming Secrets of a Theme Park Designer. But that is a description , not a title.
The working title for this new book was a long time in coming. For now I love it. AND ... it has a title just as goofy and a little mysterious as Donuts On the Moon. But I believe I have found a way to tell the story from whence the title emerges, right up front. For the longest time I felt pressured (by friends, fellow authors, fans of HATCH!) to come up with a one-word title for Book No.2. Everyone meant well, I'm sure, but I finally decided, and began telling everyone, "I don't have a title, yet. I am waiting for the right one to emerge from the writing." Almost everyone asked, "Will it be another ONE-WORD title. Pressure ...pressure. Some of my favorite books have weird, mysterious, what-the-heck-is-that-about titles. Like, Gordon MacKenzie's Orbiting the Giant Hairball. And a playful, though helpful subtitle: A Corporate fools Guide to Surviving with Grace. (BTW, grace is my favorite word.) So, not pushing myself to nail down the title to an unfinished book and allowing the possibility that the title might be more than one word, allowed me to settle into the writing of the book and wait for the title to show up in tis own good time.
SO ... now I must get back to the real work of writing the book I have been yammering on and on about for more than a thousand words! Pray for FOCUS!!!! I will not sacrifice quality for speed of completion. I don't think I will have to. I will be posting excerpts here on the old "Tea Blog" throughout the Summer and the usual alerts with links on my three Facebook sites, Twitter (@McNairWilson) and smoke signals for friends here in Colorado.
I posted a preview of this new book as a two-page spread from my sketchbook ... way back in August of 2013 HERE.
I Need Your Assistance
In the middle of all this I need to pack and MOVE. I'd like to stay here in Colorado (Springs area) if possible. I would LOVE to find a house-sitting opportunity or two, to save some money while I write & edit over the next few months. Hint, hint. If someone has (or knows of) a "prophet's quarters" above a garage, or guest house at the back of their mansion, or small cabin in the far corner of a camp or retreat center ... I'm quiet, clean, and fun to have around the campfire or dinner table, now-and-then. My needs are simple: bedroom, office (could just be the big table in the dining room or kitchen), bathroom, and a closet for my togs.
If these accommodations are temporary, I'd bring a couple of boxes of resource books and art supplies and throw my furniture into storage. The key is saving money while not traveling & speaking for 3 to 6 months.
Meanwhile, grab a few autographed copies of HATCH! from my online store ... www.cMcNairWilson.selz.com ... where you can also order the electronic version ("eHATCH!") available for all formats. Please let me know, A.S.A.P., if you have or know of possibilities for Summer quarters of a not-yet-world-famous author. Spread the word.
Thanks, as always, to all who have shared this blog and my books (all my out-of-print books are available, cheap, on Amazon), and those who have posted reader reviews! ( Or are about to as soon as you finish reading this.) Go now ... HERE.
 mum's the word - "Seal up your lips and give no words but mum." Shakespeare's Henry VI, Part 2, Act 1, Scene 2
 Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle In Time received TWENTY-FOUR rejections when she first submitted it in the early 1960's. It is still in print and in scores of languages. Then, in 1999, Time magazine selected Wrinkle as one of the three best children's books of the 20th Century! (Along with Charlottes Web and The Chronicles of Narnia.)