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I think I am beginning to understand Einstein’s theory of relativity just a little. No, not really, but at least an analog of it as it seems to apply to writing a book. Let me explain. Stick with it. I promise you might like it. How’s that for a guarantee?

You see, according to Einstein’s theory, as an object approaches the speed of light, its mass increases, until it reaches the speed of light, at which time it will have infinite mass and therefore take infinite energy to move. At every stage of writing the book, the closer I get to the end of that stage, the more energy and time it takes to complete it and this most recent stage, the final edits is really getting heavy, as in infinite mass heavy, or so it seems. So my estimates for when I will be done with it always turn out to be optimistic.

My latest editor really knows writing since he does it for a living and has done so for many years, so of course, he has done a very good job of finding errors. Let’s call them infinite errors. Though of course this isn’t accurate. There are far more than that. Okay, again, not really. It just seems like it. Thanks Dan. I really appreciate the professional job you are doing on it and I really owe you. I must be honest though and say that professional isn’t the correct term because that implies that I am paying him, which I am not, unless you count gratitude and a vague promise of help in-kind in the future.

Writing a novel would be relatively easy if I only had to write the first draft. I could probably write somewhere between two and six per year. Even writing a first draft exhibits the same mass building effect as I approach the end of the book, but it isn’t quite as magnified as it is at the last stages. If I only had to write the outlines of books, I could turn out dozens per week or so it seems as the backlog of stories I think or dream up seem to be never ending. I try to at least write down a brief synopsis of my book ideas as they pop into my head, but I don’t always get to it. What makes it worse is that, because I have determined that it is in my best interest to complete at least three books in the Jack & Elle series before I move on to any other novel, I of course, can’t stop thinking of other interesting book ideas I would like to start working on.

Well, enough skirting around the point. My plan to get the book out by January 1st, or close after it has taken a hit or two or three. Besides the infinite mass theory, the main computer I use to write has now decided that it only wants to work at random times that don’t align with my schedule. I called Dell on Wednesday evening and they are sending me a box to return it for repair, but who knows how long that will take. So, I bought a used Microsoft Surface that same evening and I think I like it a lot better anyway. However, as I got back to my edits, the rather worn out keyboard that came with the otherwise flawless computer, turned out to have an issue with the space bar. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn’t. And, as you can imagine, thatcanbeabitofanissue. Undaunted, I ordered a new keyboard that will be here on Sunday. Yes, Sunday. Isn’t Amazon amazing? I found another keyboard to use in the meantime and I am back at my infinite editing task.

Then it hit me. After all of these edits, I am sure I have made or will make some kind of search and replace error or an accidental keystroke or two that messes up some sentence or phrase. What does that mean? Infinite editing. Yippee!

Well, back to chasing my tale(incorrect word and pun intended)! Thanks for reading. Professor Collum’s quasi-physics lecture is now over.


I just updated the Terminal Tendencies book page with the plans for publishing the book. It won’t be much longer. You might want to check it out when you get a chance. Here is the link:

John Collum

My friends, this is a long post, but please bear with me.
It was a valiant effort and you certainly did your part, but I was informed that my book, “Terminal Tendencies” has not been chosen for a publishing contract. All of you should receive an email from Amazon informing you of that if you haven’t already, but don’t lose heart, as I haven’t.
This just means that we are taking a different fork in the road.
I essentially have two choices now, I can submit the book to other publishers in an effort to get a contract and wait and wait or I can self-publish.
Since self-publishing is faster and doesn’t preclude using a traditional publisher in the future, I plan on taking that path.
One of my favorite authors, the late Vince Flynn was rejected more than 60 times, but went on to publish multiple New York Times best sellers, and he started out using self-publishing. He is just one example of many that have had great success using that method and I hope to join that list one day. In fact, you may find this article interesting:

It lists many well known authors who suffered numerous rejections for books that went on to great acclaim. Many of them will likely shock you as they did me.

I don’t regret making the attempt as it has served to introduce me to a lot of new people who are interested in the book and it has energized some old friendships because of the way people pitched in so readily to help me get the nominations I needed to get Amazon’s attention.
I will attempt to wrap up my final edit of the book this week and then start the self-publishing process. My goal now is to have the book available for purchase as close to January 1st as possible.
I’m getting a little long here, so let me close by making one more request. Please continue to help me get the word out about the book as you have already been doing so well, and keep in touch via Facebook and the website for future news.
Thanks again, my friends!

As of 1:15 today, the book is back in Hot & Trending! Thanks so much for nominating it and telling your friends about it. If that last sentence doesn’t apply to you, then get busy. You are running out of time. 🙂

Link to nominate:

I’ve been busy on the final edits for Terminal Tendencies, so I haven’t made much progress on the new book, but I did find an additional  editor to help with it and I plan to send her at least four chapters by the end of the weekend. Thanks, Amy!


No, this isn’t a reference to Les Miserables. It refers to my book having one day left in its Kindle Scout campaign, but then you knew that. To be more accurate, it has about 40 hours left as I write this.

We achieved our goal of getting it in the Hot & Trending before 10 pm last night and it stayed there every hour except for the 4:15 update and it fell off again at 9:15. So far, it isn’t back, but I have hopes that you will get it back in there before Saturday at midnight.

Of course, being in the top 20 doesn’t assure a book deal and not being in it isn’t the kiss of death either, so I am not going to sweat it… too much.

I know this is getting old, but we are in the home stretch. You know the drill, but here is the link once again.

To read or nominate the book:

I just checked the Hot & Trending Top 20 on Kindle Scout and the book is back! Much thanks to all of you out there sharing this with your friends.

Saturday is the last day, so let’s see if we can keep the book in the top 20 for just two more days. If you haven’t nominated it yet, please do. If you have been meaning to tell a friend, now is the time.

Here is the link:

To see the current Hot & Trending Top 20, click here.

Thanks again. I look forward to sharing more good news about the book soon.

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JB Collum