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My first book: "Fix The Plane While You're Flying It"
I've finally made my mind up on what I want my first book to be. To be honest, I hadn't even considered this particular topic because it's so native to me. The tentative title for the book is "Fix The Plane While You're Flying It: How To Handle Your Business After You're In It."
I've been using these frameworks, tools, and tips in my writing, speaking, and advising for years now, and, if you've heard me talk about productivity and business operations, you've probably heard me say something along the lines of "we have to fix the plane while we're flying it."
Aside: you know how I always tell you to start with the obvious and simple choices before you overcomplicate things? I share that bit of medicine because I fall into that same hole far too often. We're all a work in progress.
This book will be written for you. Not the big corporations or medium enterprises with an entire workforce and scads of money to spend on operational efficiency programs. You, as in that entrepreneur or business-owner who's trying to keep that smaller fire burning without constantly worrying that it's going to go out without your constant care and tending.
I already have 16 chapters planned or partially written, ranging from pricing to how to take care of your customers to how to determine what's making you money and what's not. As books go, there'll be some give and take, but it'll be like most of my work in the sense that it'll be accessible, thorough, and actionable. I might even work on making it entertaining, too. :p
I don't have a book deal for this yet and am considering my options. If you know of a publisher who might be interested, please do send them my way.
Oh, and this is my first book. I have one other that I'm incubating but it's a Big Idea book that'll need some time to get right. I have a hunch of an idea that I'm still coaxing, although you'll see that hunch in a post in the next few weeks.
Yes, I'm excited. It's going to feel good to bring all of these ideas together in a more cohesive way.
I'd like to thank Janet Goldstein for helping me developing a doable book sequence and for her feedback on positioning. Knowing what not to do is sometimes the best knowledge you can have.