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I met Reid Stowe

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He has an amazing story.
Over 1100 days at sea never stopping at land and no resupplying.

He did a slide show in New Haven.
Not well attended. Mostly yoga people attended not many sailors.

He has done a remarkable physical and mental feat and seem genuinely perplexed as to why he can't find a publisher for his book.

Any suggestions for him.

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Perhaps his book is not well written. Not all adventures are good writers. Was he a good speaker?

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This is war room stuff BUT he is a deadbeat dad worthy of NOTHING

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Perhaps his book is not well written. Not all adventures are good writers. Was he a good speaker?
He never got that far. His publicist couldn't get a publisher interested in the story.

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This is war room stuff BUT he is not a deadbeat dad worthy of NOTHING
Don't get the reference. What are you saying?

Yes he does need to make some money now as he has a little boy and wife.

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The publishing world is tough I would think he would have to have at least a couple of chapters inked before a publisher would talk to him. They are not going to commit until they feel his story is compelling. It is an interesting story but he has to have something that will capture a reader. I would suggest he do some articles first to get interest. But then I have not published a book so I am just guessing lol.

And Tommays, I grew up in Northport, learned to sail in Duck Island harbor, plan to sail back up there next summer.

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Does he have a complete, professionally edited manuscript?

The days of pitching your book to publishers are over. Nowadays the drill is to pitch to agents. If an agent is interested, they will sell it to a publisher for you. Obviously, part of their being interested is that they think they can sell the book to a publisher.

Also, it's very easy to make e-books available on Amazon and other sites. Sort of like electronic self-publishing. He can do this himself. Then the trick is to get people to see that it's for sale. It's probably about as challenging as getting people to read your blog.

Keep in mind that I know even less about publishing than I do about sailing!
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Day 1, left port. Can see the sea.
Day 2, can see the sea.
Day 3, can see the sea.
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Day 1000, can see the sea.

Perhaps it's not a compelling read?

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The publishing world is tough I would think he would have to have at least a couple of chapters inked before a publisher would talk to him. They are not going to commit until they feel his story is compelling. It is an interesting story but he has to have something that will capture a reader. I would suggest he do some articles first to get interest. But then I have not published a book so I am just guessing lol.

And Tommays, I grew up in Northport, learned to sail in Duck Island harbor, plan to sail back up there next summer.
I followed his blog. He and Sonya (his common law wife), despite having an interesting story to tell, have an extraordinary talent for conveying it in a wholly self-indulgent yet boring style. It does not feel genuine or sincere but it also manages to be self-aggrandizing and flaky as can be. For example, Reid blogged about how Jesus Christ and Buddha massaged him after a hard day. Remember, it comes from the author of quite possibly the worst rock video of all time:

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Re: I met Reid Stowe

I read a bit of his stuff when he was at sea. He lost me in a couple minutes and I wasn't compelled to care any more.


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