Both editions revised, and a new paperback cover?

Happy Sunday Readers,

I decided to take the time to revise and edit my recently published book. Now that the manuscript is polished (at least as well as I’m willing to polish it), the book is now ready to go without any more revisions, unless it’s an updated version with new material, testimonials, etc. If you check it out, you’ll notice that there are now two different covers.

Why?

As much as I’d like to take credit for wanting to make the paperback unique, it was 100% out of necessity. When I went to upload the new manuscript, the previous photo was flagged for not having a high enough dpi or resolution. In all honesty, I like the new one; the sunset blends fairly well with the rest of the color scheme. Give me your opinion, and if you know about someone who loves golf, tell them about my book! In the comments below, tell me about a time you had to chance a project out of necessity, yet it came out better than before!

You can see the new paperback here: http://www.createspace.com/6404106

I’m extremely grateful for everyone who reads this blog. A million thanks to all of you!

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There are typos and errors in my first book; Why are they still there?

It’s been a week since I published my first book on Amazon, and while it’s been a slow process to get word out, I decided to read through it over the weekend. Come to find out, there are at least six small, but noticeable, errors, either in typos or other grammatical errors. I could very easily pull up the file, fix every error I found, re-submit the file to be published, and within a day or two, it’ll be completely fixed. But, I’m deciding to leave them there until the time comes to write an updated version.

Why?

There are, I’m sure, many people out there who are fully capable of writing a book and publishing their work for the world to see. It’s far too common, unfortunately, that people simply don’t. Often times, especially in my instance, it’s paralysis by analysis; constantly revising and updating the manuscript until it’s absolutely perfect. The problem is “perfect” never happens. I’ve read hundreds of books, many of them bestsellers; it’s a daunting task to find one that doesn’t have some kind of error, no matter how small.

What I’ve learned about writing and publishing my own work is that the message  is far more important than having perfect syntax, spelling, punctuation, and grammar. As long as your message is clear, concise, and easily understood, you’ve accomplished 90% of what matters.

There will be those that nitpick every error, and point it out to you. Chances are they haven’t published anything in their life, so don’t bother listening to them about the minutiae.

Everyone has a unique story that many people would love to read and learn about. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there.

I now have an Amazon Author page: amazon.com/author/mikeguillen. All of my books will now be available through this link.

In the Comments, feel free to share an instance where you felt nervous about putting your work out for the world to see, but did it anyway. How did it feel before and after?

Have a great week everyone!

 

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New Book Published

Good Morning Everyone!

 

I’m really excited to announce that my first book has now been published on Amazon! This has been a dream come true for me, and I hope my followers enjoy it too! After many months of figuring out the kind of book I wanted to write, it finally came together.

 

It’s titled: Professional Golf for the Rest of Us.

While the title may seem like it’s directed towards aspiring professionals only, any golfer, or anyone related to a golfer, will enjoy reading this book. You can find the Kindle edition Here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01IPLXJN0 and the print-on-demand paperback version Here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1535172045

Thanks so much for supporting this blog. If you do happen to purchase and read the book, please let me know what you think of it!

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New Website in the Works

Good Morning Readers:

Sometime about a year and a half ago, I had written a post about having a new website under construction; while I did, there were certain things about it that I didn’t like. Now, I can happily say that I have started learning how to code and program myself, and have recently done a beta launch of my own personal website. It’s a fun, albeit sometimes annoying process, but it’s cool to try to learn new things. It’s a simple bare-bones site, essentially a home and about page with a separate contact page with an email, but as I learn more, I hope to make the site more fun and interactive. Please, check it out, give feedback and tell me what you’d like to see.

 

The URL is mikeguillen.net

 

Thanks as always!

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Magic in a Bottle

It honestly didn’t matter that I had hit my tee shot left into the water on the seventh hole, and, after taking a penalty drop, I was hitting my third into a par-4. It really didn’t matter that my playing competitor had hit a shot stiff and had a 3-foot putt for a birdie-3. Nor did it matter that having a downhill putt from above the hole, regardless of length, was almost impossible to make, or even keep within five feet of the hole the other way. What did matter, in that instant, when I hit my third shot, that I had suddenly found my swagger on a golf course again. Normally, after I hit a good shot, I’d talk to my ball; this time, there was no need. Sometimes, I would pose, hold my finish and watch the ball arrive to its resting place; also, no need. I simply started walking toward the green, watching as the ball landed within a foot of the hole, took one small hop, and finished within three feet of the cup. Sometimes, one knows when they’ve captured magic, even for only an instant.

Now, this post may sound arrogant, or boastful, or like I’m bragging about something. There’s nothing to brag about in and of itself; I missed the putt, and all went along from there. But, what I captured in that moment, that ever fleeting feeling of everything aligning together, and without a second of hesitation, knowing you’ve pulled off something cool, whether it be in a game, sport, or even one’s love life, is nothing short of incredible. It’s what makes me feel alive, and I sincerely cherish every moment like this.

Why is this so important? For one, my most recent posts have been about the struggles of my golf career, and all the negative aspects that I have discussed in detail. Despite all the struggles, it’s those feelings of, “Hey, I can still do this,” that keep me going, and make me appreciate all the struggles and hardships.

What has/is your “Magic in a Bottle” moment? Please share in the comments below.

Thanks, as always, for reading.

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Another Good Walk Spoiled Part 4

Not much happened after I choked in those two tournaments. Things pretty much stayed dormant until I moved to Phoenix in the spring of 2009. One day at home, I bent over to grab a coin on the floor and suddenly…

*CRACK*

Something dislodged in my back, and when I moved upright, my spine was tilted to the right. I firm yank to the left realigned everything, but for the next few weeks I couldn’t bend down more than waist height without it happening again. Eventually, it stopped.

Little did I know then that this would be the beginning of several injuries, and slowly but surely the decline of my career. For one, I started pulling up on short shots, either hitting them two feet in front of me, or skulling them 20 yards over the green. Long swings were still okay, but I eventually developed the yips.

Next, not to be outdone, I started to develop severe tennis elbow, which would sometimes create such sharp pain that I would drop the club in the middle of my backswing. After a while, the game got less and less fun, the broken clubs starting adding up, and by the end of 2009, everything fell apart. By the middle of 2010, I had literally lost everything; it’s not a story I will tell just yet, but essentially, in one fell swoop, I had nothing. I wouldn’t play another round until 2013, and it took until the spring of 2015 to where I could hit a wedge shot decently, most of the time.

Which brings us to the present day. I still have an immense passion for the game, and work hard every day trying to bring my physical abilities to match the love I have to play the game at a professional level. From this point forward, my blog, for the most part, will be dedicated to what I’m working on, my progress, and various thoughts through the process. I look forward to sharing what the next chapter(s) will be.

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Another Good Walk Spoiled Part Three

Going into my next tournament, there was a sense of urgency to show that I could hold it together for 18 holes and compete against other professionals. This next event was played on the opposite course from where I played my first state open qualifier in 2006, and felt fairly comfortable playing somewhere somewhat familiar. My warm up wasn’t great, but nothing alarming to set me into a panic mode. I had a friend from my high school golf team caddying for me, and did everything I could to create a comfortable atmosphere. The first hole at this course is a straightaway par-4, nothing tricky about it, two shots down the center will suffice. My name gets announced, I prepare to tee off, and in no short order, here’s what happens:

1st shot: Snap-hooked out of bounds, re-tee with one shot added

3rd shot: blocked about 40 yards left (I’m left handed, in case there was any curiosity), unplayable, re-tee with another shot added.

5th shot: blocked about 60 yards left into the residential road, out-of-bounds, re-tee with another shot added

7th shot: FINALLY split the fairway, hit my next shot on the green, and three-putted for an 11.

Although I was essentially out of the tournament from the first hole, I figured I could still salvage some kind of respectable score, especially after battling back to shoot even on the back nine in my last event. Unfortunately, that never happened. It was like the Murphy’s Law of a golf round. Ball moving at address, plugged lies in bunkers, missing targets by a yard and bouncing into water hazards, you name it, it happened. By the 13th hole I was literally numb, but, much to my surprise, finished the round and was congratulated by my playing partners, one of whom was a retired major league baseball player who kicked my ass by at least 25 shots.

As much as the feeling of choking hurt, it didn’t compare to the backlash I received from those I was close to at home. Many of whom said it was embarrassing. I was only 23 at the time, and I couldn’t comprehend what I do now, and how people will project their own insecurities onto someone else out of fear. This is a special topic, which will get a blog post of its own.

Despite the failures of my return to tournament golf, I didn’t give up. After continuing to get in better shape, I decided that my best chance to overcome this new found anxiety is to immerse myself into the professional game, and the best way to do so was moving to Phoenix. I arrived in March of 2009, and the next post will be about how a coin on the floor changed everything for me.

Stay tuned

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