Last week, I posted about How Blogging Has Ruined Writing, and since, have been contemplating–if I were to write my OWN New York Times Best Selling book, what would it be about?
In natural Britany Ederveen style, I think I’d like to write a book, responding to those voices, ideas, and opinions that seem to be circulating around our social media feeds and Barnes & Noble tables. Why is this book worthy of being published? Well, if everyone else can write blog-style books and make a bunch of money off of the same ideas that everyone else is writing about, why can’t I? Who is my audience for this book? It is not just “everyone”, but definitely has to be those New York Times Best Selling-chasers (just your average Joe who picks books from the actual canon probably won’t be able to relate or recognize the references I’ll be making to these ‘authors’ and their ‘ideas’). Why is this book worth publishing? Because playing Devil’s Advocate is fun, and we can always benefit from creating more critical thinkers in our society. Here is my proposed chapter outline:
Chapter 1: Don’t Tell Dave Ramsey
I rarely pay with cash. I use my credit cards. My credit cards rack up points that I can in turn trade in for some great vacation. A weekend in Seattle with my sister? Paid for in full by credit card points. My lodging in Germany? Free for me. Groceries for a month? All transferred to a gift card, brought to me by my credit card points.
And you know what else? I probably over-buy for my friends’ birthday presents, wedding presents, and Christmas presents. Why? Because when I’m standing at the gift card kiosk and I’m thinking about what they could buy for a measly $10, it makes me sad, so I purchase up and just buy my friend a whole meal. But the way I see it, I’m not really out any money because likely, she will repay me a similar amount for my birthday, my wedding, or my Christmas present, so I’m not really at a loss. It’s just a monetary game of hot potato.
Chapter 2: Simon Sinek, Should Millennials Raise Children?
Simon Sinek, you discuss fervently the generation of the Millennial and how we are all screwed up because of technology, our helicopter parents, low self esteem, etc. So then….what do you predict the generation of kids WE raise will turn out like? Like, if you think I’m too weak to put down my cell phone, that I gain my self esteem from social media likes, then what kind of kid am I going to raise? (one that I make a bunch of accounts and teach at the age of 2 and force all of his/her friends to ‘like’ my pictures so I look like a good mom?)….
And, whose real responsibility is it to FIX this issue? Not to say that I disagree with your analysis of the Millennial. Unlike the era of Don Draper, I do agree that we no longer live in a time in which companies invest in the worker long term. We see this through the slash in companies offering retirement benefits, premium healthcare coverage, family leave, etc.
But, I am not sure I agree it is the responsibility of the job, the company, the business, the corporation to fill . Because, in that case, then all we ARE defined by is our job, our “career”, what we do for a living, and isn’t that something we’ve been trying to move away from because we’ve seen how detrimental it is?…
Chapter 3: To Rachel Hollis, Mark Manson, Tony Robbins, and Everyone Else who Told Me to “Chase My Dreams”:
How come I’m not famous yet?
You promised that if I followed your formula and dedicated myself to writing 37,654 words per day, that I make a vision board and commit myself to becoming a New York Times Best Selling Author, and that I stopped giving a F@*K, that I’d be famous by now and that my dreams would be realized and fulfilled and a Knight in Shining Armor would show up at my door step (like yours) and I would be traveling to speaking engagements and churning out more blog-post-length books by now and I could quit my day job.
I followed your formula, so when am I signing my contract?…
Chapter 4: A Law Class, Bob Goff Style
I’m just wondering how you plan for your law classes that you meet at Tom Sawyer Island. Do you write on your syllabus that Nov 4 is dedicated to discussing CopyRight Law, and then you spend the class, talking about how nice you were to your neighbor, Carol? Do you say, on Nov 6th, you will discussing motions in court, and then you talk about how you used your fancy resources to save that kid’s testicles? Do you say Nov 8th will be a mid term exam, covering ways to deal with difficult clients, except on your test, you ask your students how many weddings you have officiated?
Or, do you put a really nice picture on your syllabus because you know that people are really just attracted to pretty book covers with pretty colors, and you know they won’t actually read the book? (I’m assuming like law contracts–how many people actually read those?…)
Chapter 5: Someone Tell Reality Steve to Write a Book
…why hasn’t this happened yet?…It’s totally be an instant best seller and I’d totally support it (even if it does incur blog-length rambling chapters–Reality Steve has some GOOD stuff to share that he isn’t writing on his blog).
(Comment on this post and let me know if you would purchase this book).
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