Get Known Before The Book Deal

Get Known Before The Book Deal

Great advice, getting old quickly

Maybe I should have known better than to buy a used (meaning older) copy of a book like Get Known Before The Book Deal, but I didn't. So when my bargain book came in the mail, I open it up in great anticipation and found...very old information. This is despite the fact that the book was published in 2008; the constantly changing nature of the internet and social media means any book that relies heavily on the specifics of any particular use of social media and how we interact with it will be out of date before it even hits the shelves. It became clear there was a certain type of information that will never be fresh in traditionally published paper books. I needed a Kindle edition that would be instantly updated or maybe just a really good blog instead.

However the part of the Get Known Before the Book Deal that wasn't tied into specific types of internet interactions and platforms was very good and well worth the price of the book, even new. The basic thesis that the author brings to the table is this: book publishing is based on the author's ability to sell books, and until you have the ability to sell books (your platform is established) there is no reason to attempt publishing a book through conventional means. The author then goes on to explain how to find what is your unique body of knowledge and way of seeing the world, which is the foundation for your platform, and then find others who need this unique body of knowledge. Although I've published four books and spent plenty of time marketing them, this book help me clarify my thinking about my platform, my books and my unique contribution to the world.