Caught Playing Basketball in the Street

I’ve admired Peter Shankman for a long time and sharing the quote here is slightly out of context, but I had to share anyhow.

I think too many people go out there and try to […] build a blog as a way to a book deal and that doesn’t work. It’s like playing  basketball in the street and hoping to get picked up by the NBA.

BlogcastFM Peter Shankman Interview ~12:20 mark

In October I was struggling, trying to figure out what I was going to do, whether or not I was even going to keep the site going. I thought it was a scam at first and I know the book won’t be  a best seller. I have very realistic sales expectations; it’ll be friends, family, their friends and family, and a few other, wonderful people. The big deal is the ride and I love it; I’m enjoying every minute.

Well, the minutes I’m not scared to death.


#1 Dr Alice on 04.10.10 at 3:15 pm

Hey. You know what? You never know. The first move comes from the publisher, to figure out who they will and will not offer a contract. If they didn’t think you had it they would not have offered it. Think of Tom Clancy, whose “Hunt for Red October” was a total gamble. Just give it your best shot and then the ball is in your publishers’ court.

#2 Bobbie on 04.10.10 at 4:54 pm

I am going to promote it to everyone I know – I’m sure I’ll get a few sold for you 🙂

Alice is right — the publisher wouldn’t have approached you if they didn’t think they could sell it. You will be fine.

And get that narcissism tag offa there — you SO do not come across that way! Don’t make me hafta smack you.

Leave a Comment