At first there was this place-holder cover art concept… a checkerboard image. The name was announced as 5 Free Project Planning Lessons. It was to be a free e-book only.
Now, I am marketing the book as free online when you sign-up to get it, and it will be $1.99 above cost if purchased as a printed item. This design feels more universal to me, and deals specifically with subject matter (Nature!) that is mentioned in the book as an over-arching example. The title is now The First 5 Project Planning Lessons.
If you want to read…
what’s shown under the cover images, you’ll have a sense of what this post is about. I am announcing that there has been both a title name change and a cover design change for my long-standing literary project. This project has been a passion of mine, and one of the biggest professional challenges to date for me to complete “on a budget.”
2+ years ago, Lars Gustafsson, who is one of my friendly mentors, changed my life. He offered me a challenge, disguised as an opportunity. I took the bait, and before I knew it, I was neck-deep in expanded planning. I was offered a chance to be a faculty member at BodyMind Institute. I said yes, and I was to create an e-course based upon the proposal that I had given Lars. Yeah, 2 years ago!
Have you ever taught a class?
I have, and what I’ve ended up writing with The First 5 Project Planning Lessons book (being released soon), I have gone from one spectrum to the other, in what it is that I am all about. I’ve never written my very own book, based on my very own inner knowledge and experience. I am often a researcher, able to learn quickly from others, and then distribute that information to people that want to learn. Or, I am an artist that is expressive in Haiku
. However you slice that writing pie, I have turned an e-course into a book.
Why did it take 2 years?
Although, I first intended an e-course, with videos and worksheets, I did not find understanding there. In hindsight of the past 2 years, I know now that I needed to first nail-down what it is that I know. The very, very first concept I pitched to Lars — before we settled on another version of it — was based off of content that had come from one of my voice recorded lectures. The second version was like a prequel to the first idea. I needed to back-up and explain more information before assuming that people would understand me. And it needed to be more brief as an initial offering.
The Final Product
The new cover design of my upcoming book release entitled The First 5 Project Planning Lessons is the most essential way I can express what it is I have written. I will be able to release more details, after Lars has a look at this book. My desire is to offer this book online for free to students and registered online members at BodyMindInstitute.com website
. My desire is to also sell printed copies of this book online, for those that desire a workbook-type feel.
My next steps are easier for me than writing a book.
There is still some coordination work to be done. I am barely finished with the final-final edit. Now, I am printing off a copy of the book to ensure quality. And of course moving on there is always going to be ad/marketing content to create (which is easier for me than writing training content). Cart-after-horse, I still need to get a yes from Lars in the first place. I’m realistic as a marketer. So, if Lars is unable to carry the title at BodyMind Institute, then I will begin on my next phase, and make the next phase the keystone of my plan. What is that? I see that I can always give the title away to clients and students of all the professionals that I know. That would be fun for me to do, too. After all of this is finished, then I will turn my focus onto creating an audio/video podcast accelerated version of the training information that is in my upcoming book.
There are more lessons?!
Yes. This book project is the first leg of what will be at least 20 “chapters” — or lessons as I am often calling them. They will not be free after this first launched version. Why do I think that I am ready to teach on leadership and project coordination? I have been in service as a sidekick, technician, and advisor to executives, CEOs, and Fortune 500 companies since 2000. I have been working in the marketing and entertainment realms as a business owner for 17 years this June. I’m ready to get what I know how to-do, out into the world. Giving the book away for free to students and clients makes sense to me, because in order for one to know that they love to make progress, they need mentorship and training on how-to accomplish that. Learning how-to be smarter as a leader and project coordinator is a common sense skillset to have. More than ever now in this modern day, I see that life both alone and together is complex. But, the information I am presenting will always be as simplified and personable as possible. Ages 12 to adult can use this information, which will last a lifetime, and is measurable in value.
What will you get out of this book, if you were to read it?
Look for more details coming soon. In the meantime, here are some treats. CLICK HERE to see all the other pros at BodyMind Institute. CLICK HERE to see Lars’ own famous free webinar e-course. And thank you kindly for reading!