Writing and Publishing a Book — Part Five

This is the fifth and final post in a series about writing a book. Having just finished a new book on body language, brain science, and how people communicate, due out in May 2014 from Harvard, I’m posting a brief series on writing – what I’ve learned.  Is it true that everyone who’s sentient has a book inside waiting to be expressed?  What are the best ways to crank out a book-length… Read More

Writing and Publishing a Book — Part Three

This is the third post in a series about writing a book. Having just finished a new book on body language, brain science, and how people communicate, due out in May 2014 from Harvard, I’m posting a brief series on writing – what I’ve learned.  Is it true that everyone who’s sentient has a book inside waiting to be expressed?  What are the best ways to crank out a book-length manuscript?  And… Read More

Writing and Publishing a Book — Part Two

This is the second post in a series about writing a book. Having just finished a new book on body language, brain science, and how people communicate, due out in May 2014 from Harvard, I’m posting a brief series on writing – what I’ve learned.  Is it true that everyone who’s sentient has a book inside waiting to be expressed?  What are the best ways to crank out a book-length manuscript?  And… Read More

Writing and Publishing a Book – Part One

Having just finished a new book on body language, brain science, and how people communicate, due out in May 2014 from Harvard, I’m going to post a brief series on writing – what I’ve learned.  Is it true that everyone who’s sentient has a book inside waiting to be expressed?  What are the best ways to crank out a book-length manuscript?  And once you have, what about publishing it?  What does that… Read More

Are you too old to be a professional speaker?

Paid public speaking often seems like a great second career idea for people who have achieved something worth talking about in their first career.  But if you’ve got the kids through college and you’ve sold your company or launched your clothing line or cured malaria – are you too old, in our youth-obsessed culture – to be successful?  Do you have to be 30-something, in essence, to pull down the big bucks… Read More

Should You Self-Publish Your Book?

Here’s the problem with self-publishing: no one cares about your book. That’s it in a nutshell. There are somewhere between 600,000 and 1,000,000 books published every year in the US alone, depending on which stats you believe. Many of those – perhaps as many as half or even more – are self-published. On average, they sell less than 250 copies each. Your book won’t stand out. Hilary Clinton’s will. Yours won’t. So… Read More

People I’m Grateful for #10 – Harlequin Publishing – A Publisher Gets It Right

What do Harvard Business Publishing and Harlequin – the publisher of a gazillion romance novels – have in common?  More than you might think.  I’ve blogged before about Harvard’s efforts to create a community of readers, thinkers, and kibitzers.  It turns out that Harlequin has been doing the same for nearly 15 years – long before the Internet made it easy, or at least easier.  The romance novel publisher has a devoted… Read More

Speakers worth catching – 4: Craig Mod and the Do Lectures

Watch out, TED.  There’s a rival for your viewers’ attentions out there:  the Do Lectures.  The Do Lectures are granola and Birkenstocks where TED is arugula and, I don’t know, Italian loafers.  The Do Lectures happen on a small farm in the little country of Wales, and they’re mostly about sustainable living, but the big idea is that they are talks about people who Do Things, and who might inspire us to… Read More

Are You an Author? How to Survive the Book Business Today

The author and book business is changing rapidly, and the news is not good for a lot of the players.  Fortunately, they can take a note from the music business and change their modus operandi to survive.  So what’s going on?  Established publishers struggle to get attention for their books through traditional channels, and haven’t learned yet how to use the new social media channels well.  As a result, they take fewer… Read More

Should you write an ebook

We’ve been getting lots of questions about eBooks so we decided to dedicate our first Public Words newsletter to the topic. Many authors ask us whether they should write and publish their own eBooks. In this post on Forbes, Nick explains some of the current e-options that have sprung up around traditional publishing and self-publishing. Some recent eBook examples We recently worked with client Glenn Llopis to craft two eBooks: one on… Read More