Thursday, April 29, 2010

The Surreal Life

"A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face. It is one of the few havens remaining where your mind can get both provocation and privacy"

A book is much more than the work of one author.

A book represents an extended journey shared by many.

And on this day, an author finds himself most grateful for the help he has received along the way from his book's "extended family".

Today marks the official launch of "NUTS, BOLTS AND A FEW LOOSE SCREWS" - Common Threads of UnCommonly Remarkable People and Seamless Brands. There is a press reception this morning at City Hall, followed by a public book signing event later tonight at the Chapters location in the author's hometown of Moncton, NB. Hundreds of well-wishers are expected to turn out and I will be the first to admit that actually seeing the book on the shelf at Chapters, appearing on a radio talk show and having the inbox swell with congratulatory messages is more than a little surreal. As a close friend described it, "It's going to be like a funeral today in the sense that all these people are going to be saying only nice things about you. The difference is you're actually going to be there to hear it!"

Like I said.

More than a little surreal.

The launch of "NUTS, BOLTS AND A FEW LOOSE SCREWS", published by Wizard Academy Press out of Austin, TX, marks the completion of a two-year project that hits the finish line only to see a new race begin. In other words, getting published by a reputable organization is one thing; distribution to the masses is another journey altogether as one tries to determine the shortest route in clearing the hurdles that await in the massive North American book publishing industry.

While I don't have all the answers yet on distribution (still just learning to ask the right questions), I am fully aware that today is about celebrating the book itself and the many special people who played key roles in getting it to this point.

Before mentioning anyone else, top spot goes to my favorite son who stepped up to the plate in huge way with a cover design concept that kicks serious ass. Ryan has poured countless hours and buckets of energy into making sure his Dad's book and website would be a true reflection of what he wants the world to see when they think of his father. On this day, there is no prouder or more grateful dad for the work Ryan has done to ensure this book sticks out visually.

Many thanks also go out to my #1 cheerleader, fan, sister and best friend since we were little kids. Everyone should be so lucky as to have a sister like Karen who is always there to help in whatever way she can. Before leaving on a flight for London, England, Karen made sure all the details were looked after with today's launch and now she has her fingers crossed that everything will go smoothly while at the same time wishing she could be here in Moncton to be part of her big brother's big day.

Production Manager Sean Taylor of Wizard Academy Press has been a joy to work with through the layout process while editors and proof readers like Dana Zilic, Ian Varty and Katherine Grant can't be thanked enough for taking the manuscript to the next level.

The extended family behind "NUTS, BOLTS AND A FEW LOOSE SCREWS", also includes a number of other friends, benefactors and influencers. In random order, they are:

Denis Goguen, Ken LeBlanc, Dale Betts, Jeremy Demont, Walter Melanson, Allan Power, Jim & Dawna Gilbert, Dave MacKenzie, Darren Sears, Silvy Moleman, Daniel Gillis, Sandy Gillis, Jerry Simmons, Ronnie LeBlanc, The Four Divas (Sharon Geldart, Debbie Brine, Mary O’Donnell, Valerie Roy), Tyson Matheson, Leanne Taylor, Danielle Leger, Lisa Stutt, Bill Bishop, Don Schmincke, Mandy McLean, Dorothy Suley, Lenny Boudreau, Toby Davis, Botsford Productions, everyone at The Seamless Brand and the thousands that have attended more than a decade of seminars and workshops that provided countless insights that helped shape some of these ideas along the way.

Extra special thanks to Doug Stevenson for introducing “Story Theatre Method” and sharing it with the world.

Mucho supremo extra special thanks goes to Roy H. Williams, who impacts thousands of lives every day from an idyllic 30-acre campus about 20 minutes of Austin, TX. This book owes its existence to the vision of Roy and “Princess Pennie” when they opened up their hearts and the magical world that is Wizard Academy.

Once again, to everyone involved and who has supported "NUTS, BOLTS AND A FEW LOOSE SCREWS" ...

Thank you.

“Of all the ‘attitudes’ we can acquire, surely the attitude of gratitude is the most important and by far the most life-changing”

P.S.... Wanted to save a special mention for Amanda Duff from The Seamless Brand who has done the heavy lifting required to make sure the new website was up and ready to go for today's launch. Also want to sincerely thank the boys at Botsford Productions for the work on the video that you will discover on the home page of the new site.

P.P.S.... The media launch is at 11 this morning at City Hall and big kudos to Kevin Silliker and his team for making sure everything is ready on their end. The book signing event starts tonite at 7 and also want to thank the people at Chapters in Dieppe, NB who have gone out of their way to make sure the book gets noticed as soon as you walk in the front door.


Lenny Boudreau said...


We are all so happy for you! It feels like we are all living this experience with you and that is surreal for sure! Your daily insights and now this book are testimonials to your dedication and profound caring for others and their development!

Congrats and enjoy this day and many accolades to come!

The No Games Experience said...

An impressive achievement my friend!

East Coast Gal said...

Congratulations Gair, I look forward to reading your book. I'm sure there will be lots of insight...

Heather Hindle said...

So grateful to have found you and your humble wisdom. Enjoy your moments.

Jamie said...

Great job, Gair! Looking forward to picking up a copy soon! Thanks again for the excellent blog, it's always the first thing I read when I get into the office in the morning!

Dean Brideau said...

Congratulation Gair on the first of many books. Another item done on your bucket list. Well done my friend.
I'm starting your book tonight. Am really excited to see what I’ll learn. All I hear is good things about this book.
Thanks for sharing your positive ideas.

Susan said...

This is awesome Gair. I cant wait to read it.