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For any published book authors (traditional or self-published), do you have any advice for a new author working on their first project management book? Anything you learned along the way, or wish you had known from the beginning?

Also, if anyone would be interested/willing to be a mentor on this general process (for any level of time commitment), please message me.
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I've written three books, all self published on Amazon, and the first thing that comes to mind is how really difficult it is to write one. If I were to do it again I'd build a structure around which to write the book. I didn't do that, I just went at it. I was far too disorganized. Second thought, there must be an easy 10,000 books on the subject Project Management on Amazon. Don't allow your book to get lost in the stack. Know who you're aiming at before you begin.
Jessica -

Having written over 700 articles on project management over the past 11 years, I'd suggest you take a step back and assess whether a book is really what you want vs. some other medium for sharing your views. As Larry said, the library is pretty broad and deep so you may get more bang for the buck a different way...

Kiron
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1 reply by Larry Miner
Aug 01, 2020 2:07 PM
Larry Miner
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Kiran, I have to ask. 700 articles is 63 a year or 5+ a month. How do you sustain that?
Kiron made a good point. however, sharing your experience would be more useful than repeating the old concepts.
It's good to start a book if it treats a theme that is new. For example:
Project Management in the COVID-19 Pandemic. How have changed our project management practices since this event?
Jessica,

Have you looked into scribewriting.com/services/ ? The owner of the company is Tucker Max. You can connect with him on LinkedIn. He has published a few books on project management. It has to be done right, with the right topic, for the right audience. Depends on what purpose you want to publish the book. If it is to help bolster your name in the field, then scribewriting.com is the publisher for you. The book should not be more than 150 pages, and in conversation form. Scribewriting.com will do the publishing and marketing for you.

Marcus
Jul 29, 2020 4:06 PM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Jessica -

Having written over 700 articles on project management over the past 11 years, I'd suggest you take a step back and assess whether a book is really what you want vs. some other medium for sharing your views. As Larry said, the library is pretty broad and deep so you may get more bang for the buck a different way...

Kiron
Kiran, I have to ask. 700 articles is 63 a year or 5+ a month. How do you sustain that?
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1 reply by Kiron Bondale
Aug 02, 2020 9:55 AM
Kiron Bondale
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I was a lot more prolific in the first 3 years, Larry, doing articles for my personal site, ProjectTimes.com, and some HR-oriented ones. Over time, the frequency of posts has reduced to weekly and I just do them on my own site (I cross-post them here and on LinkedIn) so at present it is 52 per year.

Some weeks the creativity well runs pretty dry which is why I spend a fair bit of time each day reading. Teaching is also a great source of inspiration for my articles.

My principle is to keep writing until I have nothing worth sharing - once I hit that point, I'll stop.

Kiron
Aug 01, 2020 2:07 PM
Replying to Larry Miner
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Kiran, I have to ask. 700 articles is 63 a year or 5+ a month. How do you sustain that?
I was a lot more prolific in the first 3 years, Larry, doing articles for my personal site, ProjectTimes.com, and some HR-oriented ones. Over time, the frequency of posts has reduced to weekly and I just do them on my own site (I cross-post them here and on LinkedIn) so at present it is 52 per year.

Some weeks the creativity well runs pretty dry which is why I spend a fair bit of time each day reading. Teaching is also a great source of inspiration for my articles.

My principle is to keep writing until I have nothing worth sharing - once I hit that point, I'll stop.

Kiron
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1 reply by Larry Miner
Aug 02, 2020 10:15 AM
Larry Miner
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Good Job!
Aug 02, 2020 9:55 AM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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I was a lot more prolific in the first 3 years, Larry, doing articles for my personal site, ProjectTimes.com, and some HR-oriented ones. Over time, the frequency of posts has reduced to weekly and I just do them on my own site (I cross-post them here and on LinkedIn) so at present it is 52 per year.

Some weeks the creativity well runs pretty dry which is why I spend a fair bit of time each day reading. Teaching is also a great source of inspiration for my articles.

My principle is to keep writing until I have nothing worth sharing - once I hit that point, I'll stop.

Kiron
Good Job!

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