This week marks the first birthday of my book, The Digital Mystique: How the Culture of Connectivity Can Empower Your Life — Online and Off. The past year has been quite a ride, and as with any new author, I’ve learned a LOT. The landscape for books keeps changing, and when I first jumped on this merry-go-round, I knew I was in for a wobbly ride. I made a commitment to the long haul as an author, not just to a one-hit wonder. I think that’s the right strategy.
I didn’t write my book to get consulting clients or speaking gigs as some one-time authors do. I wrote it because I genuinely wanted to help educate people about what digital media can do to enhance their lives. And it worked: my book became an Amazon bestseller in multiple categories, it received numerous positive reviews, it won an award, and I began receiving more speaking invitations as well. So while I could have written it differently to sell more and I could have been more strategic about obtaining new business or to build a platform in a specific area, I still consider it a success. But I’m not done yet.
The book has a lot of great information in it and I know there are more people out there who would benefit from reading it — either the paperback version (at a great price now on Amazon) or the ebook version. I wrote the book using the most popular, most solid social networks as examples so that the content would not go out-of-date like some technology books do. Everything in the book is still current. So if you haven’t read the book, please take a look at the description and send me questions about it if you’re curious. If you have read the book, please recommend it to friends and family.