Back From Cancun and Updates on My eBook (I Need Your Help!)

by Kevin on February 7, 2010

I don’t like to publicly announce when I will be away from home for significant amounts of time for security reasons.

Announcing that you won’t have access to your blog means it could be targeted more easily for hacking. Announcing my wife and I wouldn’t be home for five days this past week could easily get us robbed. In the internet age I have no doubt someone could track down the guy behind this blog, where he lived, and figure out how to get into his house when he was away.

Or I could be paranoid. You decide.

Nonetheless, we were in Cancun last week. Now I’m back.

I got to go on the trip as part of a corporate rewards program with my employer. It was fun. We ate and drank too much, and I got sunburned in odd places like the top of my feet (which never, ever burn).

Oh, and I hate flying. So does my wife. We entertain our fellow passengers with our grunts and clenching of hands.

Now onto some real business.

eBook Status Update: I Need Your Help

There are a couple of things I am going to announce today surrounding my eBook. I need your help — yes, you reading this — with all of them.

Hold Me Accountable

I would say my short eBook on checking your credit score is 75% done.

It’s been 75% done since early January.

…Yea, I kind of ran out of gas after getting all excited. I’ve got a very heavy lean to procrastination that I’ve never been able to kill off.

Bummer. 🙁

But I’m back on the eBook train now. Ready to finish it up. Ready to tweak it.

Here’s where you come in: I want to launch the book on March 1st.

To get to that point I need:

  • to finish writing it
  • a group of dedicated beta testers (more on that in a moment) to tell me where the book isn’t clear, could be better, or flat out sucks so I can fix it
  • to hire someone to design the cover and page layouts to look snazzy and professional
  • to setup a Facebook fan page
  • readers to hold me accountable to my launch on March 1st by emailing, commenting, tweeting, and harassing me in any way possible about the status of the launch

Every single one of these things is critical, in my eyes, to a successful launch.

Beta Tester Announcement Tomorrow

Tomorrow I’ll share a more in-depth post on becoming a beta tester, but here are some highlights:

  • heavily discounted purchase price on the eBook — I trade you a discount for early access to the eBook. Your opinions, commentary, and feedback help me make the product better for the actual release
  • a dedicated mailing list for beta testers — so I can send you updates, changes, and tweaks to the product

This will be a smaller, dedicated group of readers. I don’t want 1,000 people giving me their feedback as I would never be able to read it.

More information in tomorrow’s post. Stay tuned.

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