(Video link here.) Waylon Lewis, founder of the mega-blog Elephant Journal as been something of a role-model to us, for his rare combo-platter of energy, perseverence, business savvy, fearlessness, generosity, HEART and willingness to LEAP and take risks. Waylon first launched Elephant as a paper magazine, and then made the leap to digital, gradually growing his readership into a massive and very active one.
Now Waylon is trying a new venture and ANOTHER big leap: his first book, which if it flies, will be the start of Elephant Books, an indie publishing house that plans to pay its authors 5 times what conventional publishers pay, a worthy and ambitious goal, given the number of very fine, underpaid writers we know. It could mean a sea-change in the publishing industry.
Things I Would Like to Do with You’s Kickstarter is at day 23 of its $35,000 goal.
It was written as I approached my 40th birthday as a contemplation of love, and what I have learned, and what I long for, and it is something like poetry, or fiction, or an autobiography…
It’s not about me—it’s about our love, our longing for love, for a love that is not a Mad Men claustrophobic you-complete-me love but a love with space, appreciation, room for change, a sense of humor, even an edge of tenderhearted sadness.
You can read the first chapter here.