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Sally came by the other day. She told me about a mutual friend of ours, said she was worried about him. Said he had finished his book. Sally told me the story.
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"He worked on it for years, you know. Whenever I'd see him, he'd tell me what he was doing, he was still working on it. He was always still working on it.

"When I say 'it', I mean his book, it was his chef d'oevres.

"Then, one fine day, he knocks on my door. He has the manuscript with him. OMG what a manuscript! Like, it's a thousand pages, seriously. Copyright. Table of Contents. Preface. Introduction. Footnotes. Chapters. Index. He had really done it! I was impressed, and I told him so. But he says, 'You haven't even read it yet.'

"He hands me the manuscript, a heavy beast of a thing. The title, if you don't know, it's 'The Money Problem'.

"I say, 'Oh yeah ... so ... uh ... maybe it would be better if I wait until it's published, like with a binding and everything? Or is it going to be a ebook?'


"He says, 'I have a copyright, official, I even sent two copies to the Library of Congress.'

"I ask him, 'So. great, you have a publisher then, right?'

"He says, sarcastic, like it was a stupid question, 'No, I don't have a publisher. I want you to read it over. As a favor to me.'

"So I go, 'A favor? I mean I appreciate the compliment, but I don't know ... I don't think I'm qualified ... '

"Then he says, 'I never asked you for anything before.'

"I say, 'Look, maybe you don't need a publisher. You know there's this self-publishing thing, even major writers are self-publishing these days. I think.'

"He says something like 'Yeah, well, that's fine for a major writer, who is already established.'

"I don't know what to say. He was still outside in front of the door. So I invite him in. 'C'mon in,' I tell him.

"But he just stands there and holds out his hands, signifying me to return the manuscript, that I still have in my hands, getting heavier all the time, if you want to know the truth.

"He says, like he's losing his patience or something, 'C'mon, I need it to send to my agent, so she can show it to the publisher.'

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Good to see you contributing more than comments, t... by Michael David Morrissey on Sunday, Dec 15, 2013 at 12:17:45 PM
Thanks, Michael, for noticing my story! I'm thinki... by Charles Roll on Monday, Dec 16, 2013 at 3:57:58 PM
Deep inside we all know this story. There is no wi... by Paul Repstock on Sunday, Dec 15, 2013 at 1:17:53 PM
I love literary criticism ... it's an art unto its... by Charles Roll on Monday, Dec 16, 2013 at 4:07:51 PM
One does have to sympathize with Sally. Friend or ... by Michael David Morrissey on Sunday, Dec 15, 2013 at 6:18:27 PM
I know what you mean! We have all been there, ofte... by Paul Repstock on Sunday, Dec 15, 2013 at 7:38:04 PM
Paul, Your comment this time is beyond even your f... by Charles Roll on Monday, Dec 16, 2013 at 4:12:07 PM
OMG! 1000 pages! I could never go home again!... by Charles Roll on Monday, Dec 16, 2013 at 4:09:07 PM
This seemingly simple story is powerful in its com... by Amy Schreiner on Sunday, Dec 15, 2013 at 9:03:07 PM
Amy, Thank you so much for reading my story. First... by Charles Roll on Monday, Dec 16, 2013 at 4:18:26 PM
Finding your unique voice is what is important her... by Cynthia Piano on Monday, Dec 16, 2013 at 7:16:17 AM
Cynthia,Thank you for your comment, and for remind... by Charles Roll on Monday, Dec 16, 2013 at 4:20:46 PM
Reminds me of when I explain the law to people.&nb... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Monday, Dec 16, 2013 at 2:20:57 PM
I am one of those people who - while not a lawyer ... by Charles Roll on Monday, Dec 16, 2013 at 4:30:06 PM
Thanks, Charles.I find that most people who have a... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Monday, Dec 16, 2013 at 4:45:25 PM