What is writer’s best option to keep his book publication on track: by way of using Option Solving (OS)?

Writing a book is a challenge and getting it published is even a bigger challenge. This writer has drafted a book and redrafted it in an attempt to meet his potential publisher’s requirements. He has been tasked with finding a development editor to further prepare the manuscript to meet that publisher’s expectations, although there’s some fuzziness around what those expectations are. He has already approached two development editors and is not gaining traction owing to this writer’s novice experience and their seasoned approach. He now has to re-think his options to find a way forward – a breakthrough!

 So related breakthrough OS question becomes: “What is writer’s best option – a breakthrough – to keep his book publication on track; considering 1) potential publisher not comfortable, 2) run into development editor issues, 3) not fully clear on publisher expectations, and 4) needs to leverage literary agent relationship?” Again, it’s appropriate for him to focus on just these latter four considerations to reduce complexity in his eventual decision – when the ultimate decision moment arrives – despite there being many other possible considerations out there.

He has generated yin and yang “bookends”,as these will help keep his intuitive mind focused against other mental distractions. 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 bookends proposed are: “Drop book project altogether”Abandon incredible efforts until now – let down interested readers;and “Start another book altogether” Age clock is counting. You will note the italicized detractors associated with these least likely options, which shows why they are to be put out of consideration. Even so, these bookends now nudge his intuitive thinking into high gear again, to consider a range of realistic options – see ourLatest Worked Example.

He has now come up with six realistic options – A thru F. He will then be positioned to pursue emotional distancing beforecoming to any outcome decision. He will then review these declared options, perhaps after 2 hours, later in the day, or first thing the following morning, before arriving at an optimal conclusion. You can replace his proposed options with any of your own.

While all his options look highly relevant, he is likely initially particularly intrigued by – Option B: Find an experienced book advisor- publishing executive. He then decided to sleep on it and seek input from others until the following morning and then proceed accordingly. He is strongly encouraged to stick with whatever option the overall, intuition choice happens to be, so as to capitalize on the “wisdom of the crowd.”

If you have an example of your own, please share it with this blogger, through the COMMENTS area or contact him at peter@ileadershipsolutions.com .  Thanks Option Solving. (NOTE: Our next posting will be in two week’s time: “Peeling the Onion: What is this writer’s best option to keep his book publication on track?  Let’s have your COMMENTS or go to peter@ileadershipsolutions.com to connect with the blogger. Also consider buying the book: “Smart Decisions: Goodbye Problems, Hello Options” through amazon.com)


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