“We should all start to live before we get too old. Fear is stupid. So are regrets.” — Marilyn Monroe
Are you ready for my BIG announcement? (drum roll please) I've started my own book. Tada!
As you probably know, I've been working with writers for several years now with 12 Most, #MyBookClub, and most recently with Guy Kawasaki and Shawn Welch on their book, APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur – How to Publish a Book. I've learned so much through this process and up until this point, I've been an observer of the book writing process, albeit a very close observer. This has afforded me a unique peek into the world of writing, self-publishing and combined with my expertise with social media marketing and online promotions, I think I have a unique perspective. With #MyBookClub I have focused on social media, business, and marketing books which have given me a firm foundation for my own social media work with Kreussler Inc. as director of marketing and social media manager and with Guy Kawasaki as his social media strategist.
“If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.” ― Toni Morrison
Many people have asked me when I would be writing my own book and in the back of my head that was something that I wanted to do but I thought it would be a fiction book. I'm creating my own journey by starting with a non-fiction book and then moving to fiction (I think) since this book that I've started just needs to be told. It's the one that's bubbling up and wants to be written. I truly feel that what I have to say in this book will help other people. I don't have any lofty ideals of making lots of money or world fame but this seems like the next step for me. I do, of course, hope that people will want to read it. So, what's my book about you ask? I'm writing a book on how to sell a book with social media marketing. I don't have the title set yet but I have the subtitle and outline so I'm off to the races.
Through my blog and social media, I've shared things that I've learned on my social media journey and this book will be a bigger extension of that. What you may not know is that my educational background is in education. I was an Education/Geography major with an English minor so this seems like such a natural fit for me.
I started out immediately using the template for writing a book from APE and WOW! I went from idea, to outline to writing the preface on the same day. What a fast track! So part of the fun of this for me is that I'm literally APE'g the book (the APE term for self-publishing) and using the guidelines that Guy and Shawn created. I have to say, just the template alone was worth the price of the book for me. I did actually buy two copies of APE, the first version and the second version with my chapter in it. The ability to go from free-form writing to something that looks and feels like a book already is such a gift. I would never have had any idea how to format a book without the template and I consider myself to be fairly high-tech.
So, I'm APE'g my book. I'm using my Mac Book Pro, Microsoft Word, Dropbox, and Evernote as recommended in APE. One of the smartest things I know is taking good advice when it's given to me so, I'm following the APE way. I do have the challenge of writing while I'm working but I think that's one that most writers have. I think I'm up to the challenge.
Making the public announcement here is going to hold me publicly accountable for my writing but I have to tell you, I'm so excited that I don't think that progress is going to be a problem. I saw a writing progress meter on Hugh Howey‘s website and he's the bomb diggity so I want one too. I think that seeing the progress will be fun and I hope that you'll be interested in it too. I've added my own progress meter and it's on the sidebar now.
Thank you for being an awesome blog community and growing with me over the past few years as I've blogged here! I'm not going to give me theories about social media, I've used every trick and tip that I'll share. I've tested the tools, used the platforms, and been thoroughly entrenched in the social media world for three years and for several before that with traditional and online marketing before social media was born. My blog has been my starter seeds in the little cups that are now going to be transplanted to the big garden and nurtured.
What do you want to learn from me about social media marketing? Let me know and I'll make sure that it's covered in my untitled book. What do you think of my BIG thinking?
Do you want to write a book? How are you getting started?
UPDATE: This book was completed and published by Penguin Random House under the Portfolio books label. It's The Art of Social Media: Power Tips for Power Users.