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The Journey of a First Time Author - How Book Publishing Works (Part 1 of 4)

Posted on June 24, 2021 at 10:45 AM

I decided to try to publish my first book in 2014. That book, Lead Inside the Box: How Smart Leaders Guide their Teams to Exceptional Results (Career Press, 2015), has done quite well, including:

 

  • hitting the Top 20 bestseller list in three categories - Leadership, Management, and Teams - in the Amazon Kindle store in 2020
  • gone on to be a Top 10 all-time bestseller for its publisher, 
  • been released in English, Chinese, and Korean versions, and ...
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The Journey of a First Time Author - How Book Publishing Works (Part 2 of 4)

Posted on June 23, 2021 at 12:35 AM

 

Enter: The Agent (Jan. 22, 2014)

 

"Sideways" is one of my all-time favorite movies. The scene where Paul Giamatti's character goes beserk and sloppily chugs the spit bucket of red wine at the tasting room of a winery is a classic.

 

Do you remember what caused him to go beserk? It was talking to his literary agent.

 

Today, I communicated with a literary agent for the first time. No wine bucke...

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The Journey of a First Time Author - How Book Publishing Works (Part 3 of 4)

Posted on June 22, 2021 at 12:40 AM

The Agent Responds (June 3, 2014)


I have checked my email inbox approximately 600 times in the 26 hours since I sent the proposal to Miles. Is my inbox working? Am I going to be crushed or elated when he does respond? Mercifully, the waiting game ended at 1:41pm today with his reply calling this "a very strong proposal" and asking for a conference call to go over feedback. The three of us find a time to conference call on Thursday afternoo...

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The Journey of a First Time Author - How Book Publishing Works (Part 4 of 4)

Posted on June 21, 2021 at 12:45 AM

 

What to Expect When You're Expecting a Book (February 9, 2015)

 

 


I got a nice email from the editor at the publishing house who is going to be working on the manuscript. I'll call her Emma. In addition to a nice "hello" she also shared a document that describes the process that the manuscript will go through. I found it to be a nice overview of the different steps that I will share here.

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Leadership Lessons from Lincoln's Gettysburg Address on its 157th Anniversary

Posted on December 16, 2020 at 6:00 PM


On November 19, 1863, United States' President Abraham Lincoln addressed a crowd gathered to dedicate the cemetery for the soldiers killed at the pivotal Battle of Gettysburg four months earlier. At just 271 words, Lincoln's speech was much shorter than the two-hour, 13,000 word speech that the event's main speaker, former Governor and Senator Edward Everett, delivered before Lincoln. Lincoln's wo...

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5 Leadership Lessons from the Chilean Miner Rescue in 2010

Posted on November 18, 2020 at 7:40 AM


Ten years ago, 33 miners were rescued after enduring 69 days trapped 700 meters (2300 feet) below ground after a cave-in of their copper-gold mine in Chile. The world waited for 17 days before the miners were able to communicate that they were still alive. The miners survived the ordeal through exceptional effort and leadership. Here are 5 leadership lessons from their experience.

 

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5 Team Leadership Lessons from The Beatles

Posted on October 9, 2020 at 8:35 AM


October 9th, 2020 would have been John Lennon's 80th birthday. Lennon was one of the most successful music artists in human history. And he was taken away way too soon. He was also a founder of a band - The Beatles - that created billions of dollars of commercial success. The Beatles success arose from their talent as creative artists and performers. They were also successful because they were abl...

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5 Leadership Lessons from President Eisenhower

Posted on September 16, 2020 at 8:45 PM


A new memorial opens this week in Washington DC to honor the memory of Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th President of the United States and the commanding general for the Allies in the European theater of World War II. There have been 45 presidents of the United States and Eisenhower will be just the fifth to be celebrated with a federal memorial or monument in Washington DC proper. Eisenhower joins...

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10 Elements of Executive Presence

Posted on August 18, 2020 at 3:45 PM


In my executive coaching practice, clients often ask me to help improve their "executive presence." It is hard to find a good definition of this elusive term. Some people say "you know it when you see it." I think a useful way to define "executive presence" is to reverse engineer what it is about people who seem to have it. I've had the opportunity to w...

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10 Insights from the 2019 Chief Learning Officer (CLO) Exchange

Posted on January 19, 2020 at 2:55 PM


Last month, I attended the CLO Exchange in San Diego, a conference of the top learning and development (L&D) leaders from about 50 companies in the United States. Together, these companies employ about 2.3 million employees in the US and 3.8 million globally. It was an intense three days of information-sharing, brainstorming, and networking. While t...

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