Don’t believe me? A friend and writing client sent me this today. He figures his book is twice as many words so he should be able to get off twice the crime Andrew Bodnar pled guilty to.
Can’t view this? Click here to read online – Wednesday, May 23, 2012
When former Bristol-Myers Squibb executive Andrew Bodnar pled guilty to the white-collar crime of providing false information to pharmaceutical regulators, Judge Ricardo M. Urbina sentenced him to writing sentences. Bodnar’s punishment was a $5,000 fine, 2-years of probation and the mandatory writing of a 75,000-word book. The point, as this Wall Street Journal article explains, was for Bodnar to demonstrate that he learned from his mistakes – and to provide a cautionary tale for other corporate executives. This is a good reminder that readers – and the media – like to learn from other people’s challenges and mistakes. Are there parts of your personal struggles that you can share to help people identify with your story?
~ Bill Harrison