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Wow … I thought it would be half-decent, but certainly didn’t expect this.

Word apparently is that it’s having a far broader reach than simply a trading industry niche.

Jun
15

The Weekend Trader – The Books Are In!

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Yes, it is done.

16 days ahead of schedule, John Wiley & Sons has come through in spades as I received my initial copies on Friday.

270 pages of life, humanity, struggle, and triumph covering my entire trading career and a some highly relevant foundation-building pre-career excerpts.

A fully transparent view intended to dispel myths, continue to tear down the mysterious industry shroud, and motivate others.

The early stumbles.

The redemption.

The self-imposed pratfalls falling flat on my face on the concrete.

More redemptions.

Selected daily journals of the intensive years.

The Flash Crash.

Another redemption.

The MF Global saga.

Yes, you know what comes next … another redemption.

Yet all along the way, forever moving forward.

Some may suggest that I’ve gone out on a rather risky limb sharing my full and complete humanity. On the contrary, for I believe it’s in our weakest moments where we find our greatest sources of strength.

Frankly, when the box arrived, I admit it felt a bit surreal … and it still does today. Yet I suppose packaging a mirror of your life and career in such a way where every blemish is exposed for all the world to see will do that.

Continued thanks to all who prodded, supported, or helped me in some way over the last year. Some are mentioned prominently in the acknowledgment section: my wife Debra and two daughters Courtney and Chelsea, my parents and grandparents, Dr. Brett Steenbarger, Linda Raschke, Larry Connors, Damon Pavlatos, Pat Lafferty, Sandy Meyer, John Norquay, James Koutoulas, John Roe, Gregg Collett, the Commodity Customer Coalition, and the beta Jellie team. And of course the wonderful team at John Wiley and Sons who suggested the idea in such a way where my long-time reluctance constructively morphed to accelerator-to-the-floor enthusiasm.

Or said another way,

“Suffice it to say that as time and discussions progressed, my thoughts slowly shifted from concerns of whether my story should be told to the growing possibility that my story must be told, if only (1) to prove once and for all that successful trading is downright possible with the proper mix of education, experience, patience, focus, and motivation; and (2) to chronicle my footprints in such a way that doing so might help just one person avoid the bloodied footprints that had disappeared into crevices.”
- Page xiii, Chronicles of a Million Dollar Trader by Don Miller; Copyright 2013; Published by John Wiley and Sons.

Perhaps the best way to end today’s post is simply looking to the beginning of the book:

“Hold on tight as we witness the good, the bad, and the ugly.  In the end however, as with the gift of life itself, it was and remains all good as you witness the unrelenting grace of God.”
- Page xiv, Chronicles of a Million Dollar Trader

Indeed.

Dad, this one is for you.

After taking a brief hiatus to deal with some personal issues including the passing of my Dad, we’re back with high energy today to discuss book, market, and life perspectives.

As I mention, the Amazon site now includes previews of some of the book segments to give you a peek at some of the contents.

I also mention an upcoming online webcast scheduled for July 19, 2013, entitled Creating “Outliers” to Maximize Trade and Career Gains where I’ll briefly touch on what I believe is one of THE key principles of successful trading.

Finally, remember that “In the end, everything will be OK, and if it’s not OK, then it’s not the end.”

May
08

Book Jacket Complete

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Continued thanks to the team at John Wiley & Sons for their artwork and compilation skill. Click on the pic below for the readable full-page PDF version.

The book is also now available for advance purchase at Amazon with a locked-in discount.

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The Amazon book page has been updated with the full set of industry editorial reviews (which are also posted in the lower right margin on this page), along with a new click-through author page.

On the trading front, yesterday’s brief AP Twitter-induced plunge provided another textbook example of a wholesale entry on the base of the 60-minute cup and handle support. Yet as I’ve often said, “You must be present to win” as many traders missed the opportunity over the lunch hour.

At this end, the old Boy Scout motto “Be Prepared” was extremely helpful as I nailed the low almost to the tick at 1557.75. As Jellies know, it never matters why the market moves, just that it does. For those caught over-analyzing the cause likely missed what may be the opportunity of the year.

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Apr
18

Wiley Team Completes Book Cover Design

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Continued thanks to the tremendous team at John Wiley & Sons for their awesome work in moving the compilation toward completion and the July 1st publishing date.

Kudos to Tula, Laura, Melissa, and Judy for their tireless efforts!

We’re getting close!

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In today’s post, I touch on market rhythm updates, provide a few life tips (especially for those trying to lose weight!), and also take a look at some additional book feedback from industry leaders obtained by publisher John Wiley & Sons and which will appear in the soon-to-be-published work.

In our last post, Linda Raschke provided her feedback.  In today’s post and video, I touch on the following feedback from industry heavyweights Larry Connors and James Koutoulas. My thanks and gratitude to both Larry and James for their help in past years, as well as during the current publishing effort to ensure the book is of the highest quality.

I’ve had the good fortune of watching Don Miller trade profitably in front a live group of full time traders. The methods Don teaches are solid and more importantly, as you will see here in his book, they’ve been consistently successful. This book goes further than most trading books because you get to live with Don day-by-day seeing both his actual trading along with his mind frame. If you want to learn from someone who has mastered day trading, and has successfully done so for years, then this book is must reading. Highly recommended!
— Larry Connors, Founder of TradingMarkets.com, Author of “How Markets Really Work”, and Co-Author of “Street Smarts”

A true story of sacrifice, hardship and success.  Don Miller shares his story to make 1 million dollars in one year in real time, real trading records and real life.
— James L. Koutoulas, Esq., CEO, Typhon & Co-Founder of the Commodity Customer Coalition

Mar
23

The Weekend Trader – The Book Reviews Are In!

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It is done.

Well, almost.

While we’re still several weeks away from the official book release of Chronicles of a Million Dollar Trader scheduled for a July 1 publishing date, the content is complete and in the hands of the final typesetting team.

I’ve said throughout this process that I wanted the book to be different. I wanted it to be candid, transparent, showing every bump, trip, and blemish … and yes, a certain level of success that took an entire life of preparation – a process of course which never ends.

I’ve also said I wanted it to be on par with the classic Reminiscences of a Stock Operator, except I wanted to go beyond it in terms of full transparency, a decade of supported records, and updated for current times & challenges.

And while time will tell whether we met such a ridiculously high standard, book feedback and reviews from some industry heavyweights suggest that perhaps we indeed meet that goal.

In coming posts, I’ll share the soon-to-be-published official book reviews from several industry leaders, including New Market Wizard and top-notch trader & educator Linda Raschke, Larry Connors (who co-wrote Street Smarts with Linda in 1996), my longtime brokers Pat Lafferty of Capital Trading Group & Steve Demarest of MB Trading, and yes, the industry’s very own white knight of the MF Global fiasco – James Koutoulas. I’ll share how each one impacted my trading life and how they fit in the puzzle that comprises my life as chronicled in the book.

I’ll start today with the review from Linda Raschke of LBRGroup, who as I mention in the book’s acknowledgment section stands at the top of the industry in terms of class, experience, candor and someone who “truly gets this business”, as well as a peer on whom I could and still lean (and vice versa) when the personal sailing waters got rough. As I said to her the other night, she has my heartfelt thanks for all of the leadership and inspiration she’s provided the industry over the years.

“Focus, tenacity, self analysis, and intensity.  Don Miller conveys the essence of trading in such a compelling and down to earth manner – the reader literally eats, sleeps and breaths Don’s moments of triumph and exhaustion.  Don clearly nails the most pertinent points in this business: add to your position when you have a strong hand, fight to dig yourself out of the inevitable abyss, and don’t trade when you are tired.  This book is what professional trading is TRULY about!”

Linda Raschke
President, LBRGroup, Inc.

Yes, we admittedly set a very high standard. Yet is there really any other way to go through life?

For as has often been said, if you aim for the stars, you might just land on the moon.

And it appears we need to start up the lunar rover.

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