Peel the Onion: What is my best option for continuing to enlist Ken’s – Literary Agent – optimum assist: by way of using Option Solving?

Your editor ultimately decided to pursue prior Option A to his question: ‘What is my best option for continuing to enlist Ken’s optimum assist?’  In fact, he subsequently secured that key Zoom discussion with Ken, so it was now vital to optimize the outcome of that interaction. With that in mind, he decided to “Peel the Onion” based upon Option A. Being well prepared for such a session would be key to reinforcing mutual respect, as well as obtain an optimal outcome.

Consequently, his new “Peel the Onion” question turned out to be: “Peel the Onion – What is my best option for continuing to enlist Ken’s – Literary Agent – optimum support : Option F – How to gain his full support for PR item plus GoFundMe effort at 2500 Followers, thru a phone call – considering 1) Covid hobbled publishers near-term, 2) need to re-enliven his enthusiasm, 3) he has likely scooped up other more promising authors during the meantime, and 4) encourage him to go-to-bat a least a few more times?” It is appropriate for your editor to focus on only four considerations to reduce the complexity of any eventual decision – when the ultimate decision moment arrives – despite there being many other possibilities out there.

He then set about creating two fresh appropriate “sub” yin and yang “bookends”,as these would help keep his intuitive mind focused against other mental distractions. Sub-bookends such as these are vital for preventing our fertile intuitive minds from wandering and losing concentration. We are mostly unaware of how powerfully valuable but foot-loose our intuition can be unless we can keep it properly focused on such occasions.   

His two most immediate sub-bookends that came to mind were: “Leave it in his hands” Too happenstance for circumstances;and “Request alternative Literary Agent” Would likely antagonize him and lose his support. You will note the italicized sub-detractors associated with these least likely options, which therefore put these out of consideration. Even so, these sub-bookends will now nudge his intuitive thinking into high gear to find more promising sub-options – see ourLatest Worked Example.

He ultimately came up with six “sub-options” after additional thought. He was then positioned to pursue emotional distancing beforehe connected with his Literary Agent, so as to be well prepared for their Zoom occasion, which is a form of objective thinking. From there he would be further positioned tomake an optimum choice sometime after that …perhaps after 2 hours, later in that day, or first thing the following morning. You can replace his proposed options with any of your own.

While they are all quite relevant, your editor was now initially particularly intrigued by – Option DD: Seek his whole-hearted support for these two ideas or alternatives. The pictograph now offered some other potential optimum alternatives – keep sub-option AA in mind, too – for early consideration.He can now consider pursuing these other options over time.

If you have an example of your own, please share it with this blogger, through the COMMENTS area or contact him at .  Thanks Option Solving. (NOTE: Our next posting will be in two week’s time: “Subsequent Peel the Onion with Sub-option DD: Seek Ken’s whole-hearted support for these two ideas or alternatives?” Let’s have your COMMENTS or go to to connect with the blogger. Also consider buying the book: “Smart Decisions: Goodbye Problems, Hello Options” through


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