Along with the release of the newly designed Zen of Technology, I’ve decided to change things up (again).
- One Zen per week, on Tuesdays.
- Occasional additional zens about technology news & its relevance.
- New format – Zen Digest (high-level, short, to the point) plus extended.
The Whole Picture:
Over this weekend I received a bit of disappointing news – my Zen of Technology book pitch was rejected by an amazing literary agent. It has been nearly a year since I’ve started Zen of Tech and I’ve been working on the book/shopping it to publishers and agents for some time. I’m lucky that this is a side project, so I can afford to get rejections until the end of time, but my whole goal has always been to spread a word of happiness, education, and to be honest, a little bit of fame for me. I’ve had an agent that didn’t work out, a few publishing houses that showed early interest, then went silent on communications, and this latest bit of news was discouraging.
The silver lining for me, was the words used. Completely concise, but the agent’s words were: “I wasn’t connecting wholeheartedly with your writing, despite its many charms, so I ought to step aside.” If you remove all the sugar, the statement boils down to “I wasn’t connecting with your writing.” Now, I can’t change this agent or how anyone feels when reading my writing, but I can change how and what I write. I’ve been extremely lucky to have feedback from many of you, as well as others and I have taken all that feedback as suggestions to be a better writer, educator, friend, and mentor.
We learn from stories. Oral tradition taught lessons using allegory and fables to teach morals, hunting techniques, and life lessons. That was one thing lacking from my Zens. I interjected a little bit here and there using “for example” but in attempts to make a boiled-down teaching moment, I took all the flavor out. I realize some people just want the meat, and that is why I’ll be adding the “Zen Digest” which will appear at the top and summarize the lesson in no more than 3 sentences (or bullet points). For those with little time to read, or want context before reading, that’s for you.
The rest of the part will be a personal story. Most will be directly about me, and how I struggled and solved a problem – or should have. Instead of creating hypothetical examples, I’ll use my real life as the guiding lesson. In fact, the story above about rejection is a good example (although not very tech related). I’ll be keeping the stories relatively short, but I will always tell a complete story.
As for the book, I believe the concept and meat is good, but I need to build a story around it. For now, I’m going to take all the wonderful feedback I’ve received and work on building this list. By lowering my updates, I should have more time for marketing and spreading the word. A story format for these posts will make it much easier to compile the final content. It will also make it easier for readers to submit their own personal adventures to share with the list.
So, I hope you like these changes, and as always would love to hear your feedback. For those who have been reading for the past year, thank you! For those who are newer, welcome and I hope you enjoy the ride.