Academic journal article ABA Banking Journal

So You Want to Be an Author? Writing to Relieve Stress, a Banker Found Publishing Wasn't Easy

Academic journal article ABA Banking Journal

So You Want to Be an Author? Writing to Relieve Stress, a Banker Found Publishing Wasn't Easy

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Take a frustrated young banker who desperately wants to get out from under his domineering banker father in New Jersey. Add a brother-in-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.

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Bessler, 68, who retired in January from his post as president of Brick, N.J.'s Crown Bank, recently self-published Traces after putting it aside for years.

The novel began as a stress-reliever when another bank he worked for in the 1980s labored under a cease-and-desist. "It was a 24/7 life for me," says Bessler. "I decided to try something different to relax--write a book."

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The first week, no stress was relieved. Each day Bessler camped in his car with yellow pads and produced ... nothing. Then he hit upon a theme--greed--and got the first five pages down.

"I spent a lot of afternoons in that car in the parking lot with bologna sandwiches and yellow pads," recalls Bessler. Traces is set in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Over time, Bessler filled nearly 50 pads. Typed up, the manuscript ran more than 600 pages. When he sent it to New York agents and publishers, they all responded negatively: Too long for a first book, not well-written.

"I thought I had a great novel, but I got rejected so much I boxed everything up," says Bessler, "and that was it. …

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