Book Preview: Scott Sigler creates his Reality

Scott Sigler is a writer. He scored a 4 book deal with crown publishing. What makes Scott worthy of mention is that he created his own audience after being rejected by so called big publishing for about 15 years.

Infected Hardcov

Scott’s Novel “Infected” will release 1 Apr 2008.

How did he do that? He will tell you the story (check out this you tube link). And I will try to sum it up:

1) He took action. He wrote many books (I’m not sure how many, but a lot). None sold.

2) He discovered “podcasting” in 2005. He used podcasting to give away audio versions of his books on the internet.

3) He built up an audience of about 30,000 dedicated fans.

4) He did a small print version of one of his books (“Ancestor”) and this book broke all kinds of records on Amazon and would have been #1 on Amazon if it had not been for a little book you might have heard of called “Harry Potter”.

5) Big publishing took notice and Scott now gets paid to take over the world. (inside joke…yes I am a junkie.)

6) Oh, by the way, he continued to have a life and work his day job to pay his bills while doing all of the above.

I will add that Scott used the the “Law of Attraction”. We all use the Law of Attraction, however Scott used it in a way that helped him get what he wants.

I think many people watch movies like “The Secret” and then go and sit crossed-legged in their bedroom and think about all the things they want, which is great! Then they turn on the TV and wait for things to show up, which won’t work. This would work, but you actually have to take action to receive all the things that you think about, and watching TV doesn’t really count for action. What Scott did, is what works.

I have never met Scott personally, but everyone I know that has met him, always uses the same word to describe Scott: “intense”. Scott is an intense individual. Since I have never met Scott, I will believe, for now, that Scott is an “intense” person. However, I am not exactly sure what that means. I bet when I do meet Scott, I will find him to be a person that has figured out what he wants and is focusing his energy on getting it. This would create the outward appearance of “intensity” because I believe that most people are walking around the world not knowing what they want, and therefore lack focused internal drive.

Knowing what you want is hugely important from my point of view. Others call this “goal setting” which is fine, but I prefer to call it getting what I want. People want to put dates on goals, which is necessary in the world of business, but is not the same as “knowing” what you want. I would rather get an idea of what I want and then work towards getting it, but at the same time not really care about the outcome.

Does that sound crazy? I think it might. Allow me to try to explain. Wait, no time to Xplain…lemme sum up! 🙂

The Law of Attraction for me works like this:

1) Ask: Think about what you want. Imagine it, think about how cool it will be. Make it seem as though you already have it and you feel great.

2) Give: Universe does this. Your role in this is step one.

3) Receive:?? Watch for signs, opportunities, ideas, dreams, inspiration, little coincidences.

4) Act: Do something positive toward moving your life toward one of those opportunities. Write a blog post, take a college class, work on a chapter of your book, promote your online business—DO SOMETHING. If you can’t think of anything to do…then go for a walk. MOVE your body.

5) Let go: Accept outcomes without judgment. Don’t get upset if things are not the way you want them to be. Recenter yourself, get happy, and start back at step 1.

If you are a fan of the horror genre, you may want check out Scott’s web page and his blog posts (he is VERY FUNNY!)

“We can revise the past. We can create the future. We must accept NOW as is.”

— Deepak Chopra

2 thoughts on “Book Preview: Scott Sigler creates his Reality

  1. That’s a very thought-provoking post. As a person who has made his own reality, with nothing given to him, I see books like THE SECRET and they make me sick. The concept that you can have whatever you want by simply visualizing it drives people into false dreams and a lazy reality, with endless justicifation for that laziness. Because in my experience, you don’t GET what you want, you TAKE it.

    The successful people I know have had one trait in common — they are to stupid to know when to quit. That’s what it was like in my quest for publication. You’d think after 100 rejections I might get the message, but I kept going. Why? Because as Joe Pesci would say “I’m stupid. It became a matter of, well, intensity, because I was either going to make this happen or go the grave knowing I left no stone unturned. They only way I would not achieve success was if I really, really sucked, because I wasn’t leaving luck open as a possibility to determine the course.

    Out of the Law of Attraction you specified, #5 is the most accurate. Although I wouldn’t tell people to not get upset. GET upset when you don’t get what you want, use it as fuel for the fire. Get upset, get mad, get fighting mad, and figure out how you’re going to overcome that obstacle. And the hard truth of overcoming obstacles in most fields is that you have to become better at what you do. Keep working, keep pushing, keep trying new things, and eventually things start to happen for you.

    Work HARD, and good things will come — that’s success, but it’s no “secret.”

    That’s success. A

  2. Scott: Thanks for the comment, and for the advice on my blog (note: big offensive add moved to bottom of post page).

    I know where you are coming from with your comments in regards to the “The Secret” and its ilk. I think there is value in the information, but the presentation make it seem “effortless” which its not.

    I will argue my point that me personnaly I would rather internally “accept” all outcomes good or bad and keep moving toward my goal without anger. I choose not to use anger as motivation … I’ve tired and it doesn’t work for me. If it drives you or anyone else … RAGE ON!!

    In the end, the important thing is not to quit.

    THANKS!! again and I will see you on 2 Apr.


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