ABA Banking Journal - March 2011 - (Page 44)

First person | TED BESSLEr So you want to be an author? Writing to relieve stress, a banker found publishing wasn’t easy Take a frustrated young banker who desperately wants to get out from under his domineering banker father in New Jersey. Add a brotherin-law banker with a cheesy reputation who offers an appealing job in Florida. Stir in crooked lawyers and politicians, money laundering, cocaine, government agents, secret passages, FDIC examiners, some sex and earthy language, and several murders—including one with a cross-bow. What you get is Ted Bessler’s page-turner, Traces of Greed. Bessler, 68, who retired in January from his post as president of Brick, N.J.’s Crown Bank, recently Ted Bessler spent lunch hours grinding out a banking murder mystery on yellow self-published Traces after putting it pads in his car. Years, and much frustration, later, he’s published Traces of Greed. aside for years. The novel began as a stressect. More than 30,000 more words reliever when another bank he worked for in the 1980s came out. “We left a lot on the labored under a cease-and-desist. “It was a 24/7 life floor,” says Bessler. for me,” says Bessler. “I decided to try something difHaving done all that, Bessler realferent to relax—write a book.” ized how much publishing and book The first week, no stress was relieved. Each day distribution had changed since his Bessler camped in his car with yellow pads and prostillborn first attempt. He decided to duced … nothing. Then he hit upon a theme—greed— self-publish Traces with a print-onand got the first five pages down. demand firm; set up an author web“I spent a lot of afternoons in that car in the parking site (www.tdbessler.com); and hired lot with bologna sandwiches and yellow pads,” recalls some PR help. Traces of Greed came Bessler. Traces is set in the late 1980s and early 1990s. out in late 2010 and he’s been selling Over time, Bessler filled nearly 50 pads. Typed up, the manuscript ran it online and at book signings since more than 600 pages. When he sent it to New York agents and publishers, then. In time, he plans a sequel. they all responded negatively: Too long for a first book, not well-written. The book could use a bit more “I thought I had a great novel, but I got rejected so much I boxed everycopyediting, but Bessler’s novel feathing up,” says Bessler, “and that was it.” tures compelling plot twists with Then, a few years back, he swallowed his author’s pride and took an ax just enough banking detail to make to the manuscript. He chopped out subplots and more—trimming 175 the premise credible. And he came pages. “I hated that,” he admits. In the course of revisions, he read his own up with some innovative surprises book more than 30 times. He insists that none of the characters—from the which we won’t give away—other straight-shooter hero Halsey “Stu” Stuart to the sleezoid brother-in-law Desthan to warn you to look closely at mond Cain to the wise FDIC chief examiner Lionel Dupree—come wholly golf balls from now on. from real people. But he got to know them all intimately. —Steve Cocheo, executive editor Bessler hired a professional editor who brought a cold eye to the proj44  |  ABA BANKING JOURNAL  |  march 2011 http://www.tdbessler.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ABA Banking Journal - March 2011

ABA Banking Journal - March 2011
Contents
Chairman’s View
Editor’s Column
The Economy
Bank Notes
ABA Community Banking: Got the Blues? Try a Little Reinvention
Pass the Aspirin
Tech Topics
Put Your Capital to Work
Still Waiting in the Wings
Compliance Clinic
Compliance Inbox
ABA Resources
Surveys & Trends
First Person

ABA Banking Journal - March 2011

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