Want to Get Ahead in IT? Write a Book

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It may sound like an incredible amount of work for an additional line on your resume, but writing a book can be a stepping stone to the next level of your IT career. Those who have actually done it contend that being a published author is an accomplishment that gets you noticed. “Being an author is a big deal,” says one. “Even if your book sucks, even if it’s small, even if it’s lame, just being the author of a book is something that a lot of people want to do. It gives you credibility.”

Why does writing a book give people so much credibility?

Because it’s hard work and requires a tremendous amount of self-discipline and persistence, say the people who’ve done it. “Everyone says they want to write a book, but there are few people who actually do it,” says Russ Edelman, president of Corridor Consulting, a Microsoft SharePoint consultancy, and author of “Nice Guys Can Get the Corner Office.” Writing and publishing a book also establishes your authority as a thought leader in a way that far exceeds anything you could do through a blog or Twitter, adds Edelman. You deepen your knowledge and expertise while writing a book because you spend so much time investigating your subject matter.

But how do you actually do it? Some suggestions:

  • Get comfortable by blogging about your area of expertise.
  • If you’re a bad writer, find a ghostwriter and figure out how you’ll handle compensation to craft your rough words into a useful read.
  • Get on a writing schedule; add your book work to your regular routine. Even 45 minutes a day could yield a first draft in just a few months.
  • Prepare a proposal that’s just a few polished chapters plus an outline of the rest.
  • Choose between self-publishing or going the traditional route through a publishing company.

And don’t expect to make any money. Remember that you’re doing it for credibility and status.

Source: Network World

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September 06, 2011 at 10:23 am, Mike said:

Don,

I am trying to determine how writing a small, lame, sucky book gives an author credibility. On the other hand, I’ve spent enough time reading, in bookstores and otherwise, to know there are in fact small, lame, sucky books that found a publisher.

Mike

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