The Crooked and Varied Path to Quitting Smoking
The Crooked and Varied Path to Quitting Smoking
In 2010 I quit smoking. I've been writing a book challenging the mainstream methods to quit. It's time to buckle down and finish.
In 2010 I quit smoking. I've been writing a book challenging the mainstream methods to quit. It's time to buckle down and finish. Read more
About this project
I did what I thought I couldn't do. I quit smoking.
I set a quit date.
I immediately set another quit date.
I failed again.
Instead of focusing on quitting and failing, I addressed the issue that made me stomp off to go smoke.
I set a third quit date and addressed that issue which had surfaced, then repeated the process until finally, I had my REAL quit date.
Basically ... I was fed up with excuses and instead of stomping off to go smoke, I had stomped off to go quit. I was able to because in the meantime something had shifted. I had a better attitude. I finally felt that I was gaining benefits instead of losing 20 of my little friends, all snug inside a pack of cigarettes.
I called the process the False Quit Dates.
From there I divided the issues up into direct issues and indirect ones. In doing so, I learned:
- how to deal with failure
- how to protect my good day
- how to look forward to quitting instead of dreading it
Check out the Contents page to get a taste of how my theories and writing style will catch on with smokers who are looking to quit.
PART ONE: The Process
- Chapter 1 I Want To Quit Smoking, But I Can't. Not Right Now
- Chapter 2 False Quit Dates
- Chapter 3 My Fruity Experiment
PART TWO: Indirect Issues
- Chapter 4 Ponder Time
- Chapter 5 As Smokers, We Are Always Wrong
- Chapter 6 Quit Now? But I Wanted to Quit Right Now Years Ago
- Chapter 7 If Only I Could...
- Chapter 8 Recalibrate Your Definition Of What A Good Day Is
- Chapter 9 I Ain't Naughty, Naughty, Naughty! I'm an Adult!
PART THREE: Direct Issues
- Chapter 10 Effort?
- Chapter 11 Easy?
- Chapter 12 Nicotine
- Chapter 13 One Day You Will Be A Nonsmoker. Start Practicing.
- Chapter 14 What Are You Cheating On?
- Chapter 15 Replacements
- Chapter 16 Incentives and Rewards
- Chapter 17 Weight Gain
- Chapter 18 Switch It Up
- Chapter 19 The Real Quit Date
- Chapter 20 The Withdrawal
Some Questions and Answers
With all the specialists in the field of Health and Addiction, what makes you think you have the answers?
I believe I have something to contribute. I'm a smoker who quit. I have a unique perspective which is evident when smokers ask how I accomplished the major feat of quitting smoking. They move past the "I can't" and the negativity and frustration.
What makes you think people will listen to you, given what the specialists are already saying?
I talk smoker to smoker and I have information to share. I know this doesn't necessarily translate into everyone listening, but some will. Moreover, the book is geared toward people listening to themselves.
When a smoker says that something is holding them back from quitting, I don't belittle it. I don't call it an excuse, instead I say, "Hey, take a look at that. Quit ignoring it and go deal with it. When you are done come back for more." ... and from generic conversations that I've had in the past, ones with no clear goal or purpose, people do come back to continue the discussion. Some have gone on to quit.
What is your success rate at getting people to quit smoking?
I did the work to get myself to quit smoking.
If a person quits smoking, that is their success, not mine. All I do is share a platform to get a new perspective about quitting smoking and then share some battle stories. After that I'm out of the equation. I don't get people to quit smoking; they get themselves to quit.
If smokers are reluctant to quit, how are you going to get people to read your book? From that, it sounds like your niche market is a bunch of reluctant readers.
Oh yeah. Definitely. My first BIG hurdle in getting people to read the book is backlash against controlling them, their smoking, and their quitting. I have to overcome this immediate threat that I'm the one who will take their smokes away.
I have been writing this for a little while now. In the meantime I have been building multiple marketing platforms.
This past year I took Chapter 3, "The Fruit of the Spirit" and expanded it into a six book series that targets non-smokers as well as smokers. I call these short books "commuter reads." If you are a passenger on public transit you can download the book and have it finished by the time your flight or "commute" is over. I hope these readers return to buy the quitting smoking book for loved ones.
This is just one strategy, as I have: created a twitter campaign; I keep a regular blog; and I have author pages on Amazon and Goodreads. Then there will be this Kickstarter campaign, my personal Facebook page and networking with our local Authors Association, the SDAA. (South Dakota Authors Association)
It is a tough crowd; is that enough?
I have "stretch goals" beyond what I need for merely finishing this project. These goals focus on punching up my marketing for bigger impact.
I am open to wherever quitting smoking and writing this book takes me. If the next logical step is public appearances, then I need coaching. It's possible I will need traveling expenses, so I can say yes to those who request appearances but yet have no compensation. (I gotta start somewhere.) Another option is to join our local Chamber of Commerce to network for some corporate sponsored smoking cessation programs. BUT! I have to finish the book. Until then it is about Capturing those Ideas, so I can Seek the Solutions, until I can Live the Results of acting upon those ideas.
What is your opinion of the current fluctuations in the publishing industry?
This is a wonderful time to do something because it is just there to be done. The plan is to go with the flow when it comes to the parameters of my deadline to publish by April 3rd. I self-published three out of six of my "commuter reads" on Amazon, so it would be a natural progression to upload the book when I am finished editing and have a strong marketing plan. Until then, this is me, putting myself out there to 'go get the offer' from major publishers. Along the way, if I find a suitable match for an agent, I will write some query letters. Then also, I have to be prepared for the unforeseen.
When it comes down to it, I'm NOT writing all this valuable information down just to sit on it. I have a plethora of choices in today's publishing industry. Isn't that exciting?
What if you beat your goal?
That would be awesome! Earlier, I mentioned having stretch goals to punch up my marketing. Those goals are ...
Stretch goal #1 up to $20,000 over goal.
Beef up my tools
- new laptop and software such as Photoshop
- research and fees to trademark "False Quit Dates"
- further development for marketing i.e. commercials and placing ads
- start up money for new business entity
Stretch Goal #2 20,000 for a total of $58,000.00 (Hey, it can happen.)
Prepare for public speaking
- coaching for live appearances
- marketing for live appearances
- travel money to accept some non-compensated appearances
Risks and challenges
How am I qualified to write and publish a book?? !!
I'm not fully qualified, that is why I need help.
I need help with marketing.
I NEED my Editor.
I need TIME to finish because I'm not as quick as those more qualified.
This past year, I learned a lot while writing and publishing those "commuter reads" I had mentioned above. This little excursion has been a learning experience and helped assess my needs. I found an editor and I began building a marketing platform which includes twitter and a regular blog. I keep building my platform as time allows.
-the quality of the work
The point is: I WILL FINISH.
Taking forever to put out a quality book, meanwhile people are looking for help to quit smoking.
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