In October of this year, Kate and I released our first book, The Art of Manliness: Classic Skills and Manners for the Modern Man. While its success wasn’t on par with say, those books about werewolves and vampires, I was really happy with its modest success and have gotten a lot of positive feedback on it. Thank you to everyone who bought a copy for themselves and for the men in their lives. We truly appreciate the support.
A few months ago we started brainstorming an idea for a second book. Much of The Art of Manliness: Classic Skills and Manners for the Modern Man concentrated on the “how-to’s,” the skills sets that every man should have. Therefore we wanted our next book to focus on the “mind-set,” the inner values that are essential to true manliness. So as we talked about ideas, the book we felt the most passionate about moving forward with was one based on our semi-regular series called “Manvotional.” If you’re familiar with AoM, you know that Manvotionals are poems, parts of speeches, and excerpts from inspiring old books that offer inspiration and guidance for men.
The Art of Manliness Manvotionals book would reach back through time to find the best advice ever written down for men. From the philosophy of Aristotle to the success books of the late 19th and early 20th centuries to the speeches and essays of Theodore Roosevelt, the book would contain the manly wisdom of the ages- a myriad of poems, quotes, and essays designed to inspire men to live life to the fullest and realize their full potential as men. The book’s chapters would be divided into the different manly virtues like courage, integrity and resolution, along with a chapter simply on true manliness. Each chapter would start with an introduction from us on the meaning of the virtue, and then be followed with inspirational writings centered on that virtue.
The book would contain the most popular Manvotionals which have previously been published on the website, with plenty of new material which would be unique to the book. There are so many awesome success books from the early 1900’s filled with amazing wisdom that truly needs to be brought to light once again. It’s the type of book you could keep on your nightstand, so you could read a few sections before you go to sleep or before you head out to face the world in the morning.
I love this book. I would want to read this book! And I think there are tons of men out there that would too.
But when we took the idea around to publishers, we were greeted with rejection after rejection. They said that this wasn’t the kind of thing that men would want to read. Are they right?
That’s what I’d like to find out. Perhaps this is an idea that I love but just doesn’t have much appeal outside the world of my brain. Or perhaps the publishers are wrong. A lot of advertisers and media people simply don’t get the Art of Manliness. It’s so different from what’s typically put out for men that we are oftentimes met with confusion.
If the latter is the case, we’ve thought about moving ahead with the book anyway and self-publishing it or publishing it with a small publisher. It would take a ton of work-Kate and I don’t settle for anything less than the best with everything we do. So before we move on it, we need your feedback!
Please take a second to answer these two poll questions. It will really help us decide if we should go ahead with the Manvotional book project. Thanks everybody.