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Book Tribes

Sunday, February 6th, 2011

Instead of spending my time making sure my cites are Bluebooked for my law review note (not my fave, can ya tell?) I thought I’d talk instead about something important around being a writer/author of a book, and here it is.  Have. A. Tribe. For. Your. Book.

Seth Godin talks about this all the time, but I thought it was worth mentioning again, with a local (Indy) flavor.  You should be building in a tribe or already have a tribe for your book.  If you self publish, you already know this is critical.  But, even if you’re going the traditional publishing route…?  The publisher still wants to know if you’ve got a built in tribe to buy your book before they’ll sign you up.

I’m still building my tribe for my new book (but this is a cool cadre of awesome women to get into my own network and a genuine pleasure!)  But I thought I’d shut up about me tonight, and share with you some of my writer friends who also have awesome tribes around their books, and in which I argue you should consider joining their tribes, if the issues are of interest to you.  Here goes!

Dr. Elaine Voci -she, hands down, is my writing book mentor!  She’s written several books, but my favorite of hers is: Bridge Builders: Ordinary Women Doing Extraordinary Things – her tribe is awesome people doing awesome things, hidden in the every day experience.  LOVE it and love her!

Peter Dunn AKA Pete The Planner – author of 60 Days to Change: A Daily How-To Guide With Actionable Tips for Improving Your Financial Life, Pete’s got a tribe he’s building around smart money management. You should consider following him if you hate to part with your money (and who doesn’t?) He also has a radio show called The Skeptical Economist.  Check him out if money is your thing.

Lori Leroy – author of the new book, The Inadequate Conception: From Barry White to Blastocytes: What Your Mom Didn’t Tell You About Getting Pregnant. Infertility is a huge issue these days, and Lori isn’t afraid to share her challenges with getting pregnant, in order to help others.  There’s a big tribe out there on this, and congrats to Lori for daring to write this book!

Nancy Ahlrichs – author of several books, but her most recent is: Igniting Gen B & V: The New Rules of Engagement for Boomers, Veterans, and Other Long-Termers on the Job.  Nancy is great at best understanding how different generations can work best together…and I love that she’s taking the time to make sure that others take advantage of understanding each other in the workplace!

Ingrid Cummings - The Vigorous Mind: Cross-train Your Brain to Break Through Mental, Emotional, and Professional Boundaries – Ingrid’s tribe wants to do better, period.  Who doesn’t want that?  EVERYONE wants that!  Read her book to better understand HOW.

Mickey Maurer – Mr. Maurer (although he hates it when I call him that, but I do out of respect!) has a new book out called: 19 Stars of Indiana.  If you know Indy, you already know Mr. Maurer; however, his new book is the counterpart to his first book on 19 Women Stars of Indiana! He, no doubt, has a super sonic tribe that maybe one day I’ll get close to approaching…

I have a LOT of other book writing friends, but I wanted to share with you some of my local friends who dare to share their thoughts via writing…and their tribes!  So, if you’ve been on that fence, thinking about writing a book, you’d better stop and ask: do I have a tribe for this?

If not, get to building!

Book 5: Feelin’ the Love

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

The PR was officially released today on my 5th book, Indianapolis: A Young Professional’s Guide, Second Edition.  Here’s the official PR piece, and the scoop by Inside Indiana Business.

PR is nice.  But here’s what I think is nicer: when a young person actually moves into our city, gets this guide in their hands, and finds out what they want to do in order to connect in meaningful ways for him or her with this great city of Indianapolis.  That’s it.  That’s the joy to me.

Also, I dig in this second edition that I had the humbling and exciting opportunity to write about THE VERY BEST THING about Indianapolis.  What’s that you may ask?  The cupcakes at The Flying Cupcake, or Lucas Oil Stadium, or the Final Four being hosted here for men’s bball this year?  Nope.  None of that.  The very best thing of all in Indy…ready?  It’s THE PEOPLE!  THEY ARE AWESOME!

This is where I take a small time out to sincerely thank everyone who helped me with this 5th and longest book yet project:  Dorothy Albert (my mom!), Mayor Greg Ballard, Jennifer Ruby, Esq., Kate Shepherd, Jerald Harkness, Kelly Hartman, Gerry Dick, Billie Dragoo, Trevor Belden, Clare Welage, Abdul Hakim-Shabazz, Ryan Grimes, Neal Brown, Nancy Ahlrichs, Sarah Taylor, Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Lynn Jenkins, Laurie Foster, Kathleen McDonald, Dr. Michael Evans, Dr. Chris Bojrab, Jessica Patterson, Andrea Crawford, Chris Russell, Rebecca Stevens, Michael Maurer, Melina Kennedy, David Certo, Erin Smith, David Seiter, Sarah Fisher, David Nijhawan, Julie Schrader, Callie Smith, Darby Casady, Ron Brumbarger, Hazel Walker, Bree Emsweller, Henry Kurkowski, Morgan Greenlee, Michael DeWeese, Dr. Elaine Voci, Carlotta Katra, Debby Brust, Diane Snyder, Bridget Gurtowsky, Dr. Julie Koehler, Dean Mary Andritz, Sharon O’Donoghue, Liz Mok, Stephanie Williams, Tina Moe, Deb Walton, Sally Fillburnn, Jill Wesley, Denise Meyer, Susie Harmless, and Pam Blevins Hinkle.

I loved the tremendous opportunity to work with each and every one of you.  This city is lucky to have you as a citizen, and I am lucky to have had the chance to work with you.  Rock stars you all are, and I look forward to the NEXT edition of the Indy Guide (IGIII), because it’s going to be even better – because YOU raised the bar on the 2nd edition!

THANK YOU, Indianapolis!  You rock!