I've seen the proofs for both the eBook and hard copy versions, and they look great. Tamia Sheldon, the illustrator, did a great job, and the illustrations are just awesome. Here is the eBook cover art, as an example of how great the illustrations look:
I won't lie- it is pretty cool to see my story with these wonderful illustrations. And the coolest thing is that I'll be able to get a copy in time to surprise Pumpkin for her birthday (which is in early April). So anyway, I am pretty excited. That is really cool thing #1.
But I am also excited to finally announce that I have another book coming out soon. This one is for grown ups. It is a short eBook about productivity called "Taming the Work Week: Work Smarter Not Longer." It had its genesis in some of the blog posts I've written here (such as the work limit post or my post about a project manager's view on long hours), but when I started working on the eBook, I realized that I needed to write more, so there is a lot of new stuff in there, too. It will be out in April, and I'll definitely give you more details as I get them. I feel strongly that we're developing a counterproductive and unhealthy culture about work in this country, as we brag about the number of hours we work without regard to whether or not those hours were actually productive. It is exciting to have an eBook about this topic coming out. So that is really cool thing #2.
And finally, really cool thing #3: I needed a picture for the "about the author" pages and the like. At first, I was really stuck trying to figure out what to do about that. I want to be able to discuss the books here on my blog, and I am not ready to associate this blog with a picture of me- or at least not one showing my face. I also suspected that a picture of clouds in the sky with the hint of me in the corner wouldn't fly as an author picture. But then the answer came to me. I need an avatar! I turned to Brenda Ponnay, whose Secret Agent Josephine books my kids and I had enjoyed so much, and she made me a great avatar:
|Would you buy a book from this woman?|
And that is enough cool things from me. What cool things are going on in your life these days?
Now that's some really cool news! I can't share details on here unfortunately but we had a really big week at work which was neat.ReplyDelete
And I've launched a little side project for fun as well. Nothing neat like a book but just something that can actually be shared with people in my offline life if they were interested.
That's all rather vague but ... such is the life of an pseudonymous blogger! :)
That is so great, Cloud!! Can't wait for both books. And I'm totally going to count your ebook as PMP Continuing Ed credits :)ReplyDelete
Congrats on all three! I'm excited to read both books.ReplyDelete
All super cool! Congratulations, especially on the books! It's wonderful to see creative success like this.ReplyDelete
Congratulations! What wonderful news!ReplyDelete
You go girl!!ReplyDelete
Whoa! COngrats Cloud! Looking forward to both books!ReplyDelete
Congratulations! How exciting!!ReplyDelete
Excellent on all counts! I totally knew it was you! :)ReplyDelete
My kids recognized the drawing, too. But I'm not sure you could go the other way- i.e., recognize me from the drawing. Maybe you could, though, I don't know!Delete
Congrats! So I guess you decided to out most of your real name on the blog, if not your photo... Looking forward to both books.ReplyDelete
I will neither confirm nor deny that the name on the book is related to my real name. :)Delete
Big, big congratulations!!!ReplyDelete
Felicidades! I look forward to both. :)ReplyDelete
Congrats! I remember you mentioning a long time ago that you'd like to write a book, Im so happy you did it! Love the avatar!ReplyDelete
That's fantastic!! CongratulationsReplyDelete
Can't wait to check out your book. Love the cover and your avatar, too!ReplyDelete
Big, giant congratulations! The book looks awesome, the adult book sounds amazing, and that is a wonderful illustration of you!ReplyDelete