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How Writing a Book Can Boost Your Career and Your Income

August 25th, 2011

My work continues to get awesome media mentions.  This one is from Meridith Levinson at CIO.com.  She titles it How Writing a Book Can Boost Your IT Career and Your Income.

She starts:

“Jason Alba always wanted to write a book. When he started his own business, a service for job seekers called JibberJobber, in 2006, he finally had the time. One night in January 2006, while dining out, Alba shared his book idea—an explanation of how job seekers could use LinkedIn in their job search—with some friends who had books published. Alba says they loved the idea, and one of them offered to introduce Alba to his publisher and serve as his executive editor.”

This is really a fun story… you can read the article here. I know many of you are interested in writing a book. My advice? DO IT!

One of my favorite quotes from her article:

“Even if your book sucks, even if it’s small, even if it’s lame, just being the author of a book … gives you credibility.”

Even if it SUCKS?

Yes, even if it sucks.

I’m not saying to write a sucky book, but don’t put it off for years, while you get to “excellent,” when you can get it published sooner, at “good enough.”

Meridith, thanks for letting me share my story with your readers :)

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5 Responses to “How Writing a Book Can Boost Your Career and Your Income”

  1. Rita Carey says:

    Merideth and Jason,

    Do you think writing a book for Kindle has merit? Is it a reputation builder?

  2. Jason Alba says:

    Good question.

    My opinion is that YES, having a BOOK on a Kindle can help you create a brand as an expert.

    I encourage job seekers to write an ebook, without talking about how to distribute it… you can still call an ebook a “book.”

    Also, one of my favorite Cinderalla author stories is about a young lady who only released her book on Kindle and sold a ton, probably making her a millionaire within a year… You can read about here here: http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2011/03/amanda-hocking-and-99-cent-kindle.html

    And do a search for Kindle Success Story here: http://www.google.com/search?cx=c&ix=c1&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=kindle+success+story

    So, is the goal to become an expert, or to make money? Either are valid, and the Kindle (or, an ebook) is a real option.

  3. Thomas Kenny says:

    This reminds me of an Alan Weiss quotation, “Done is better than perfect.”

    As a closet perfectionist, I’ve found this thought a useful reminder not to procrastinate!

  4. My pleasure, Jason. Thanks so much for spending time with me on the phone and for helping to promote the story! I hope your readers find it helpful.

  5. I agree that writing a book for Kindle can help you create a brand. More and more people–especially IT and other professionals–own e-readers, so it’s not like you won’t have an audience for your book if you distribute it exclusively electronically. What’s more, your profit margins will be even higher. Go for it, Rita!

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