The intestinal fortitude I witnessed in the process was monumental, and I have an even deeper respect for him and anyone else who has the conviction to follow a dream and get a book out there.
Editorial correction: a glitch seems to have creeped into the piece following submission. The lede should in fact read as follows:
Mark Rayner has some advice for would-be authors who want to get rich and famous from writing: put down your pen.Your turn: Wanna write a book or get your name and work out there in some sort of historically significant manner? Why? What drives you?
(BTW, here are links to his web site and his blog. Both are compelling reading, just like the book.)