(For more Promoting Professional Geekery, see this Roundup of past columns.)
So you’re really not up for writing a book on your particular progeeky subject. Fine, that gives me a room to sell more.
But still you might have knowledge that’ll help on a book. You may have editing skills that would come in handy. You may be able to do cover art (and of course pick up a credit). You may pen an introduction, you may . . .
. . . well you get the idea. You could be a big help in getting out that progeeky book on careers, or skills, or whatever your friends, family, or co-workers are working on.
Go for it.
- You probably have something to contribute to a book of some kind, even if it’s a viewpoint. Ask just what that something or somethings are.
- You likely know people who want to write a book, or people that do want to write a book; probably they’ve already talked to you about it.
- If you don’t, mention to people that you’ve got an interest in helping people on certain subjects. They may know someone or have advice (or point you in other directions).
- If you help one person, they may know others you can help.
This may sound simplistic, but as a writer of books, let me note a few things:
- Putting out a book is pretty bloody hard. Any support is appreciated.
- Almost no one is able to do a book on their own, and those who can do a book on their own probably shouldn’t (usually there’s a need for editing).
- Authors need all the support they can get – sometimes it’s that extra person that gets the book out.
So, you’re not up for a book. You can just help make others possible in the realm of progeekery.