Book Release Eve
I've learned a lot in the past four years of being an author. One thing I learned about blogging is to "pay it forward" to other authors. When I released GUST almost three years ago, I reviewed a book right before the release. On the eve of SWAT's release, it's time to talk about a few other people's work and show some nods to other people who have seized the accomplishment through writing.
The first big nod goes to a guy I've met through Twitter and through mutual social media friends. I hope someday to meet him in person, because he sounds exactly like the type of person I enjoy hanging around: an adventurous, accomplished, principled leader whose goal is to pull others up. His name is Tim Milburn out of Boise, Idaho and his work with Studentlinc is amazing. He's written a great book called Core Leadership Training, and it's designed to help student leaders succeed in their roles. Those of us who have been in offices and cubicles for years already know how hard leadership is. Tim provides those who haven't even yet earned their stripes through the obstacle course of leadership through their roles in student organizations. If you are a sponsor of a student group, be it a sports league, fraternity/sorority, student government, whatever... this is a must read... and Tim is somebody you need to get to know.
The second book nod I'm giving came about in the most unusual way. I had just finished creating a blog post about my relationship with my daughter, when I received an email. It seems these two guys, Sep Kamvar and Jonathan Harris, were creating a compilation of people's feelings. They had harvested about every derivation of the verb "to feel" from the blogosphere and had amassed a HUGE compilation of people's feelings, aptly titled, We Feel Fine, An Almanac of Human Emotion. This album of photos and snippets was constructed, designed, and executed so brilliantly, it should be on every desk and coffee table book in the nation (and I'm not just saying that because Lauren's baby picture is in there).
Those are just a couple of the things that have hit my radar screen in recent months which deserve some special highlighting of their own. I wish all three amazing success with their book projects.
For me, tomorrow is coming... and I'm at peace...