Well my next book – which is really more of a booklet – is out of editing.
My plan is to take some of my past Fan To Pro columns on job searching and improve and enhance them to form a tight guide to oddities on the job search. It’s gone pretty well, and I expect to be publishing sometime in November.
I’ve had great feedback from my pre-readers and I think it’ll be very useful for folks on the job search, especially those who want to try and get out of a rut or take their job search skills a bit farther. I’ll probably be pricing it pretty cheaply as an e-book. Not sure I want to do a physical book, but more on that later.
It’s a bit under 40 pages, and doing it’s been interesting:
First, I really feel the idea of using blog content as the seed for a book actually works. I wasn’t initially sure about the idea (I mean, why not just do a reprint?), but instead it’s like the original posts are the basis for another useful form. What works as a blog post in my ranty-coach didactic style doesn’t work as a book, and what you can do in a book and a blog differs.
Secondly, after you get feedback on a series of blog posts and/or look over your work, you can incorporate that into the based-on work, and this ads a lot of value.
Third, it’s a way to make your content accessible in a different manner. People don’t want to have to go back to your blog all the time, or have to find printouts, or whatever. You can give things to people in a different useful format.
Fourth, and something I hope to explore later, if you’re producing a physical object (a book or magazine), there’s something new to leave for posterity. Something that can be passed on, put on a shelf, gifted easily. There’s something satisfying about that. This may not happen with this book – but we’ll see.
So hang in there, it’ coming . . . and starting to wonder how I present these books on my sites, so suggestions welcome . . .
Steven Savage is a Geek 2.0 writer, speaker, blogger, and job coach. He blogs on careers at http://www.fantopro.com/, nerd and geek culture at http://www.nerdcaliber.com/, and does a site of creative tools at http://www.seventhsanctum.com/. He can be reached at http://www.stevensavage.com/.