How many times have you run into a friend or colleague, heard some amazing story, and told them, “Wow, you ought to write a book.” How many times has someone told you that you ought to write a book?
The truth is that everyone has a book in them, or will sometime have a book in them, and — as Tom Lento points out in the cover story beginning on page 35 of this issue — the power of print-on-demand makes book publishing more accessible than ever.
Glancing across our cluttered desk we found a handful of books that probably never would have seen the light of day without the digitally-enabled book-on-demand process. A U.S. 1 article by Wayne Cooke was the starting point for his book on living with colon cancer, “On the Far Side of the Curve.” Attorney Albert Stark has a new book out, “Insider Secrets to Winning Your Personal Injury Battle.” The former head of the Mercer County Economic Development Authority, Herb Ames, has written an advice book called “Aim High: Common Sense Success for Common Sense People.”
Lee Neuwirth, who as an administrator at the Institute for Defense Analyses spent much of his life in the crosshairs of the anti-war movement of the late ’60s and early ’70s, has published a book about his experience, “Nothing Personal: The Vietnam War in Princeton 1965-1975” (U.S. 1, October 7, 2009).
The list could go on. But, as Lento also notes in his story, while getting a book published today is much less difficult than it used to be, getting publicity for the book remains a major challenge. We hope to change that balance a little on Wednesday, June 16, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Tre Piani restaurant in Forrestal Village. That’s the time and place of a cocktail party hosted by U.S. 1 honoring Lento and entrepreneur-astronaut Greg Olsen for their new book, “By Any Means Necessary: An Entrepreneur’s Journey Into Space.” Also attending: Karen Miller, a U.S. 1 contributor and writer who has, yes, self-published a book on how to self publish a book “Unlocking Your Ideas” (see page 36 of this issue).
In addition to those interested in Greg Olsen’s remarkable story, we also encourage writers, editors, and authors to attend this free event, which we hope can be an annual forum. To help keep the overhead low (a prerequisite for any publishing continuity these days) there will be a cash bar. We hope to see you on the 16th.
John Osander’s Reunions issue story on Cottage Club, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and selective admission policies, began with him knocking on the Cottage Club door, hearing no answer, and then venturing through the building on a self-guided tour. As Osander’s original and longer version noted, he showed up first on a day when there was no tour. He returned a few days later for a scheduled tour guided by a docent. On official tour days Cottage not only provides a guide, it also offers a four-color brochure of the club and its history — at no charge.
Tours are over for the current academic year. Dates for the upcoming year will be posted on the club’s website, http://cottageclub.net and will be listed in U.S. 1.