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August 30, 2010 / theoldsilly

Monday Meandering Muse – The Humble Beginnings of Greatness

Last Friday was a big day for my son and I down on the farm. We finally had the extreme pleasure of bagging up our first batch of rich, moist, organic compost. Some five or six hundred pounds of it, haven’t weighed it yet, but just estimating. We will be selling it in 5, 10, 20, and 40 pound bag offerings, at a buck a pound. We’re getting a booth at the farmer’s market, and also it will be sold in a friend of the family’s garden supply shop.

Humble beginnings, but a giant first step toward eventual greatness. Our vision for the next five years is growing this business to where it will provide hundreds of cubic yards of the stuff to thousands of organic farmers and gardeners … spreading from SE Michigan at first, to then state-wide, then going all throughout the Mid-West, and eventually franchising it and taking it national.

It takes this kind of LOA visualization and ownership of greatness to be a successful writer, too, does it not? You start out, nobody has heard of you, and nobody cares you have written a book. But it’s a good book! You know it, and you believe in yourself. So you market it, you network, you sell, sell, sell yourself and your writing. Start a blog, build it up, do all the things you can to raise awareness. Little by little people get to know you, your book, and your readership grows. And you keep writing, believing, improving your craft, continuing to own and give thanks for what you know is yours to come: success, and the rewards of that success.

So in about two weeks the Old Silly will be at a farmer’s market hawking his modest amount of very fine organic compost. That will be at one end of the table. At the other end? Copies of his new novel, Beware the Devil’s Hug, and copies of my other books, too. Networking, communicating, making friends, and selling.

Humble beginnings, with greatness firmly in mind.

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  1. tashabud / Aug 30 2010 6:16 am

    Yay! At last, I get to be the first commenter. I’m so proud of you and your son. I’m also happy to hear that you’ll soon be selling the first fruits of your labor in 2 weeks, along with your books. I think it’s a great idea to sell your books there at the same time. I wish you and your son the best.

    So, your book is now available to be purchased?

    Tasha

    • theoldsilly / Aug 30 2010 6:29 am

      Thanks, Tasha. Hugs is already out in ebook and Kindle reader format, and my publisher expects the print copies out any day now. Will definitely make a MAJOR announcement when that happens!

  2. Thelma Banks / Aug 30 2010 6:25 am

    Congrats, Old Silly! I know it has to feel great … and I believe you WILL achieve greatness – with BOTH of your endeavors! πŸ™‚

    • theoldsilly / Aug 30 2010 6:30 am

      Wah thankya kahndly, Ma’am, for the much ‘preciated vote of confidence! πŸ™‚

  3. Stanley Berber / Aug 30 2010 6:32 am

    That’s awesome, Marv! I don”t garden (yet – thinking about it), but am definitely waiting on the new book!

    • theoldsilly / Aug 30 2010 6:45 am

      Stop thinking about it and DO it, Stan! πŸ˜‰ But hey – thanks, dude, I can’t wait for the paperback version to hit the stands and internet, either…

  4. Cactus Annie / Aug 30 2010 6:33 am

    Yay! Go, Old Silly!! You’ll achieve all the greatness you want and deserve if you BELIEVE like you do! πŸ™‚

    • theoldsilly / Aug 30 2010 6:48 am

      Thanks, Cactus, LOVE your energy… πŸ™‚

  5. Simon Hay / Aug 30 2010 6:54 am

    I like the father and son combo. Way to go the both of you. Awesome news on all fronts.

    • theoldsilly / Aug 30 2010 7:03 am

      Thank you, Simon … it does give me lots of satisfaction to be working and building a business together with my son.

  6. Alex J. Cavanaugh / Aug 30 2010 7:03 am

    Take a picture – I’m sure that will be the most unique combination of products ever displayed!

    • theoldsilly / Aug 30 2010 7:05 am

      Good idea, Alex! And you know – I did this before – selling books at a farmer’s market. You’d be surprised how many people who dig fresh fruits and veggies are also avid book readers.

  7. karen walker / Aug 30 2010 9:34 am

    That’s totally awesome, Marvin. What a wonderful business vision and writing vision as well. Humble beginnings. Love it.
    Karen

    • theoldsilly / Aug 30 2010 10:01 am

      Thank you, Karen. Yuup, humble Old Silly with great big visions, that’s me. πŸ˜‰

  8. Mason Canyon / Aug 30 2010 9:40 am

    That is a very awesome beginning. I think you and your son will be providing a product that is very needed – good for the plants and the environment. Way to go.

    Mason
    Thoughts in Progress

    • theoldsilly / Aug 30 2010 10:04 am

      Thanks, Mason … and this is only the beginning. We intend to eventually produce and sell all kinds of ‘green’ products, not the least of which is a compost-filled-energy-producing out-building that will provide cost-effective and environmentally nurturing hot water for homes as well as methane gas (a free by-product of the compost) that will heat and air condition homes. Great things to come!

  9. Helen Ginger / Aug 30 2010 10:07 am

    Best of luck with this new venture. I think it’ll be successful as more people are staring gardens. Plus, a father-son venture is a great idea.

    There is something slightly off about compost at one end and books at the other, though. (There’s a really bad joke in that somewhere.)

    Helen

    • theoldsilly / Aug 30 2010 10:13 am

      Mmhmm, yep, that’s what we believe, plus more and more farmers are converting to organic now as well.

      So … don’t hold out on us, Helen … tell us the bad joke, please?! πŸ˜‰

  10. Patricia Stoltey / Aug 30 2010 10:53 am

    You’re right, Marvin. Good post! And you do a much better job tying the composting and writing lives together than I do .

  11. L. Diane Wolfe / Aug 30 2010 11:02 am

    Don’t let the compost and books mix!

  12. Arlee Bird / Aug 30 2010 11:11 am

    There you go talking about yourself again! But that’s the kind of self-promo we like to hear. Didn’t see anyone selling books at the last farmer’s market that I went to so maybe you’ll be finding a niche that needs to be filled. Good luck and hope you keep us updated as to how it went. I like hearing peoples’ stories.

  13. Kissie / Aug 30 2010 12:30 pm

    I’m curious about two things after reading this?

    1. How did famous writers get known in the years before blogging? (just a thought)

    2. What do you store the compost in; does it stink?

    Continued congrats and best to you and your family!

    • theoldsilly / Aug 31 2010 7:53 am

      Hi Kissie-

      Before blogging authors got famous by A, being good – which NEVER changes as a requisite, and B, either knowing the right people or doing the necessary networking to find and entice those people so they can get their writing in front of lots of people. Blogging is just a modern-day easier medium to do a lot of that, but not absolutely necessary – many ways out there and growing rapidly.

      The compost is ‘stored’ out in open fields. It IS very odoriferous at first, so best to do outdoor composting far away from neighbors. By the 2nd week, however, after a few turnings, it starts turning into and smelling like rich soil. Quite sweet smelling.

  14. Jane Kennedy Sutton / Aug 30 2010 2:59 pm

    Hope you sell tons of compost and loads of books at the farmer’s market! It’ll be interesting to hear if the people who buy compost buy the book, or if you sell more books to non-compost buyers.

  15. AmyLK / Aug 30 2010 8:35 pm

    Congrats on the first bagging! Hope you guys sell lots of it and of your books!

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