This week is “re-write the book” week for me. Last year, I remember sitting for about eight hours reviewing the final version of my book before it went to the print shop. I was nervous, since I wouldn’t be able to fix anything after it goes to print like I could a blog post… but I remember closing the book and thinking “This is good – I’m proud of this!”
Then I saw a few reviews on Amazon that were almost scathing. Professional writers wrote about the book saying it was… well, essentially crap.
I was confused because I got a lot of feedback from others, saying the book was excellent, and it was exactly what they needed. Of course, I wanted to believe this feedback, since people were talking about “my baby,” but I had this nagging idea in the back of my mind that I really did a disservice to everyone since I didn’t get great reviews from everyone.
Guess what? I have to agree with the professional writers. I cracked the book open with a pen, and started marking up the necessary changes. I think I averaged 7 – 10 changes PER PAGE… I can’t believe the first edition went out like this!
Okay, it wasn’t that bad, but the second edition is going to be much, much better. Here’s my process:
- Fix typos and grammar. Tighten up the writing so it reads easier. Done (I think)
- Reword sections that don’t make sense. I read and reread, and if I thought HUH???? I wrote “rewrite.” That’s what I’m doing today – finishing up the rewrites.
- Update the content. In the last year there have been plenty of changes to LinkedIn… that’s the whole reason I’m doing a second edition 🙂
I put a question on LinkedIn Answers asking what I missed in the first edition, and what should be in the second edition. I got some excellent responses… which I’ll be sifting through the rest of this week and putting into the content of the book. If you want a sneak peak of what might end up in the second edition of THE LinkedIn book, and what others think is important, go check out the LinkedIn Answers page with my question (and the answers, so far).
By the way, did you know I have a blog behind the book … ? It’s the I’m on LinkedIn — Now What??? blog! Check it out!
If YOU have any suggestions for the second edition of I’m on LinkedIn — Now What??? feel free to email me or leave a comment here … I know the second edition is going to be way better than the first edition!