Some want to get hibernated. Some get mummified. Some get entries in encyclopedias. There are dozens of ways of immortalizing yourself, and one of them is writing a book.   

If you have an idea you’d like to share (one that doesn’t totally stink) but you’re conflicted about whether or not to write a book, you should definitely take a look at this.

Check out: Should You Write a Book?




  • preponderance – a greater amount or number of something
  • infallible – not capable of being wrong or making mistakes
  • run afoul of – to get into trouble because of
  • entice – to attract (someone) especially by offering or showing something that is appealing, interesting, etc.
  • affiliate – to closely connect (something or yourself) with or to something (such as a program or organization) as a member or partner
  • tangible – easily seen or recognized
  • rebut – to prove (something) is false by using arguments or evidence
  • promulgate – to make (an idea, belief, etc.) known to many people
  • backlash – a strong public reaction against something

Think about it

Answer the following questions.

  • Who are idea entrepreneurs?
  • In what way can a book serve as evidence of effort?
  • Why shouldn’t a book contain all your knowledge?
  • Is it possible to formalize the book writing process?
  • In what way is the book irrevocable?
  • What is worse than backlash against a book?


Practice makes perfect

Fill in the blank spaces with the missing words.

These are the questions I get from would-be idea entrepreneurs — people ________ want to go public with a deeply-felt idea so ________ to influence how people think and behave and, as ________ result, create some kind of change in their company, discipline, or community. _______ the uncertain status of the book in today’s ideaplex [. . .] these are smart questions to ask.


Fill in the blank spaces with the correct forms of the words in capital letters.

You _______ BELIEF your book is great and that your motives in writing it are ________ HONOR. Yes, you want a _______ LIVE conversation about your book — that’s what ________ RESPIRE is all about — but when that first negative comment, sarcastic Tweet, or full-throated ________ REBUT comes along, you may feel taken aback or _______ JUST attacked.


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