William Bond has the right idea.
And he has the evidence to prove it.
Bond tried getting published and failed, but never gave up.
He finally broke through in 1977 and convinced a publishing house to take on his book.
Today, more than a dozen of his books on finance and business topics are in print, and he’s working on more.
He shares his experiences and methods with students of his classes at Northern Essex Community College.
His message is simple: When trying to get published, never give up. (See story, Page 1.)
“If you send your book to five different publishing houses and they tell you they’re not interested, go to the library and get a list of other publishers, maybe even foreign ones,’’ said Bond, who lives in Haverhill. “People overseas are also trying to make money in books. The key is to sell yourself, no matter what you want to do. If you don’t sell yourself, an editor won’t read your book.
“I think there’s a story in every one of us,” he said. “But getting published isn’t easy and it’s more competitive now than ever.”
Bond is right — and his message is valuable not only in the realm of book writing.
It’s tough to finding success in a variety of fields these days, writing being only one of them. Bond’s advice is something people can latch onto: If you believe in your work, push it doggedly and don’t give up.
You might find you have to tweak your idea or product a bit, but it’s all part of the process, as Bond tells anyone willing to listen.
You might not be interested in the subject matter of Bond’s books — finance and business — but there’s no doubt his philosophy and work ethic are worth embracing.
His students are fortunate to have him at the head of their class. They are getting to learn from someone who is a self-made success.
And the community is fortunate to have someone like him. A person who shares his story of success while encouraging others to believe in themselves is an invaluable asset.