“Never mistake a clear view for a short distance.” A good friend of mine often reminds me of the old axiom—true in all aspects of life, including, I have found, writing a book. My view was always clear, but now that I have gone the long distance, I've discovered something writers in particular cannot do without along the way: people who believe in them. I've drawn mightily from that resource in the course of writing this book.
An early vote of confidence came from John Larson, a talented agent who, after attending a PUSH conference, encouraged me to write a book. I will always be thankful to him for acting as my guide and advocate in the publishing world.
John introduced me to Karen Murphy, senior editor at Jossey-Bass, who saw ...