Several years ago, I heard myself say to people, “I’m writing a book”. I really wanted to do it, and I honestly had every intention to complete a project. I soon realized though that it was a lot easier to say I was going to write a book than it is to actually sit down and do it. After stumbling along and becoming overwhelmed with several attempts, I kept putting the idea on the back burner. There was all the fact checking, do I have the right pictures, do I have enough interviews and information, are all these ideas and various facts all in the correct order… It’s a heck of a lot of work. Then, there is that voice in the back of your head questioning if anyone reading this is going to be properly entertained and actually learn something? Then the self doubt creeps back in, wondering if you can pull this thing together and actually finish and release it.
With help and encouragement from my wife, Jill, I finally sat down at my computer and figured out how to both start and finish writing my first book project. I took a look at several stories I had previously written for Old Autos, rewrote several paragraphs in some stories, assembled the best of what I had written to date, put it together that my printer could comprehend, and sent it off to get printed. About 10 days later, I was picking up 4 boxes of completed books at my printer.
I brought the first box inside, cut the packing tape open, reached inside the box and there it was. What a strange feeling for me. I had dreamed many times about writing a book, and suddenly, there it was in my hands. I chose the title to comply with my column by the same name in Old Autos, figuring that my readers would make the connection. The picture of the Rossini Hot Rod Shop truck on the cover was originally a black and white image. I had taught myself how to colorize black and white images by then, so with the Rossini brother’s description of their old truck, I colorized it to make it come alive. And below that was my name. How cool is that, I thought. There it is. Done! Oh sure, there are mistakes and a whole lot of things I wish I had done that I didn’t do. But the fact that I had actually taken on this overwhelming challenge and finally completed this major project made me feel very proud. Yes, I actually did it. I wrote a book!!!
Well, I now know that writing a book is a heck of a lot of work, and it is expensive when you self publish, however, the sense of accomplishment is far greater than any self doubt hurdle that was holding me back. So now, I am ready to write my second book. And yes, it is still an overwhelming thought, but now I know I can do it.
By the way, of the hundreds of copies I had printed of my first book, I still have a few copies left. If you are interested in purchasing a copy, please leave a comment below and I can send you a Paypal link.