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    The Blame Game
    25/02/2015

    The Blame Game

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    How to Write a Book… with Feedback and Options
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    How to Create a Book’s Front and Back Matter

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    The Blame Game
    25/02/2015

    The Blame Game

    “You did not receive your order? Well, I did all I could. But they aren’t doing their job properly.”

    “They still haven’t paid your invoice? Strange. They told me last time it would be done.”

    “The feature is still not working? I don’t understand. I did submit the service request for you.”

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    How to Write a Book… with Feedback and Options
    18/02/2015

    How to Write a Book… with Feedback and Options

    As the author of a book, you make decisions all the time. Do you write about principles or about practices? Do you use the words he and she or the more neutral they? Do you use chapter numbers or not? Do you make your own illustrations, or do you hire someone else? Do you insert jokes, or is your bookkeeper funnier than you are?

    If you want a good book, you need to make good decisions. The problem is, you often have too little information to know what the good decisions are. There are two ways of dealing with that.

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    How to Create a Book’s Front and Back Matter
    12/02/2015

    How to Create a Book’s Front and Back Matter

    So, your book has a great title, a nice cover, good content, and proper design? What about the front and back matter? The what? The front matter and the back matter! That’s all the extra stuff at the beginning and at the end of your book that sits between the cover and the chapters. Oh that, I’ll do all that stuff the day before I publish the book. *EEEEE* Wrong!!

    A book is only good when it’s good from start to finish. It starts with the cover and it ends with the backside (or the final page in case of an eBook).

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    How to Design a Book… Make It an Experience
    10/02/2015

    How to Design a Book… Make It an Experience

    I’m reading the book Steve Jobs, the exclusive biography by Walter Isaacson. Granted, I’m not a big fan of Steve Jobs, nor have I purchased any of the products he has offered to the world, but there are reasons to admire him. One thing that I can admire is his well-known passion for design and detail. It is, I believe, a talent (or behavior or competence) that is lacking, sadly, among most self-publishing authors.

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    How to Design a Book Cover… 5 Rules
    05/02/2015

    How to Design a Book Cover… 5 Rules

    One of the hardest parts of the book writing process is the design of the cover. Some experts claim the book cover is the most important aspect of the book. If the cover doesn’t appeal to your audience, neither a great description nor fantastic content are going to help you sell the book, because most of your audience won’t be taking notice. This leads to my first rule for book cover design: don’t do the design yourself.

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    How to Write a Book: Structured or Emergent
    03/02/2015

    How to Write a Book: Structured or Emergent

    I believe most authors apply the hybrid approach to writing. They start anywhere they want, either with a logical outline or with some random writing, but then they bounce up and down continuously to ensure that their writing has both structure and surprise.

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    How to Define Your Target Audience… with Questions
    02/02/2015

    How to Define Your Target Audience… with Questions

    “Can our organization be a little bit more like Pixar, Spotify, Netflix, Zappos, Virgin, Valve or IDEO? Is there something I can do to get a better company culture? Better collaboration? Better management?”

    There is a reason why I started the book description of my #Workout book on Amazon with this question. For me, it defines the target audience of the book.

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    Join Me on My Private Virtual Street Team in February!
    28/01/2015

    Join Me on My Private Virtual Street Team in February!

    Do you want to join me on my Virtual Street Team in February?

    As my Virtual Street Team member you get:

    Exclusive access to me via a private channel
    Several exclusive on-line chats with me
    A free Kindle or ePub copy of the #Workout book
    Free signed copies of the book and my previous two books

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    Don’t Let the Incompetent Keep You Waiting
    27/01/2015

    Don’t Let the Incompetent Keep You Waiting

    I don’t like it when people keep me waiting.

    I reply to all emails within 24 hours. I pay my bills within two weeks, often within days. Last week, when one of my team members needed credit card information that I didn’t have with me, I did my best to send it within an hour. Web orders for my book? I validate shipping addresses within hours, and we send people’s orders within 48 hours. Invoices? I usually send them twice per month, or earlier when people ask for them.

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    I Curse My Customers
    16/01/2015

    I Curse My Customers

    Let me tell you a little secret: Every now and then, I curse my customers. OK, it’s not really a secret, probably. I think the neighbors can hear it when I do. But that’s the way it is. I curse them.

    I curse them because I care.

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    See You Next Year!
    19/12/2014

    See You Next Year!

    My book tour was crazy, exciting, ambitious, and exhausting.

    The start of the tour now seems a long time ago, even though it was just six months. I had fun with 400 participants, had some great (and some not so great) travel experiences, and collected a good amount of fresh stories.

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    Here’s My Management 3.0 Story. What’s Yours?
    11/12/2014

    Here’s My Management 3.0 Story. What’s Yours?

    After 4 years of working by myself, I am now the proud manager of a team of seven great people. Two months ago, I had already extended my one-person company Happy Melly One by adding Lisette Sutherland (general management) and Sergey Kotlov (software development). In the last couple of weeks, I asked Lisette and Sergey to conduct job interviews with people around the world for the roles of Internet marketing, content writing, web development, and video editing.

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