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Spring is early

Ryan Eidson  —  March 7, 2016

Spring has come early this year. Trees are starting to bloom and the soil is working up good. Today my wife planted onions and peas in our garden.

I like the wintertime snow, yet (besides sneezing from pollen) really enjoy the longer sunny days of spring much better.

When spring rolls around, everyone has more energy and is in a better mood when doing their daily work. We are anxious to clean the house and enjoy the outdoors.

The calendar doesn’t show spring starting for another two weeks, but I’ll say it anyway: Happy Spring!

2014 was a year filled with 115 new blog posts on my website. (I also had visitors from 115 different countries!)

2014-corn-pile

The 2014 corn harvest was so large, several farmers filled their bins and had to pile their corn on the ground. (Photo by Ryan Eidson)

The top 5 posts by traffic were:

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I have some big news to share with you today:

Morgan James Publishing will release an expanded edition of my book A Couple with Common Cents in 2016!

How did I do it?

Author Gets New York Publishing Deal on First Try Without an Agent or Written Proposal

It all started nearly one year ago. I went to a workshop in Denver, Colorado and met a New York Times bestselling author there. I took copies of this book to give away to all participants.

This author (Joel) really liked A Couple with Common Cents and said on the second day,

Ryan with Joel Comm, November 2013

“It’s time to take this to the next level. Let me introduce you to my publisher.”

I was blown away. Here was a business author whom I highly respected, treating me as a peer.

But I didn’t expect Joel to reach out to me like that.

Not to a self-published author like me.

Not for a little book that’s not even 100 pages long.

Those things didn’t matter. Joel, as a serial author, knew what to look for and knew that my values and style would be a good fit for Morgan James.

And he was right.
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Watch the video above & then go here. More news and back story coming next week. (Email subscribers already got the big announcement this morning.)

If you’re having trouble watching the video, watch it here on Vimeo.

The most difficult part of writing a new article, creating a book, giving a speech, or starting a blog is to pick a topic and stay with it.

Do you feel that way?

I’ve delivered dozens of public presentations, written hundreds of articles, and started over half a dozen websites. Each time I sit down (or stand up) to create content, I’ve already spent a lot of time in the R&D department of my mind considering what to focus on.

You’ve heard speeches and read pieces that just wandered on and on without any cohesive idea, right?

The breadth of experiences you’ve had makes you want to head down every direction possible. Yet that won’t hold you reader’s (or listener’s) attention for long.

Well, the same issue applies to this very blog. For the longest time I’ve wrestled with what my overarching theme really is. How do I describe all my content under one succinct banner?

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