Oh it’s been damn hard to keep this a secret for so long! Anyone that knows me and that has followed the progression of the Think Like a Rock Star concept over the past 3 years knows that Kathy has had a bigger impact on my thinking than anyone else. She’s just unbelievably brilliant when it comes to teaching brands how to create passionate users/fans/customers and what’s so awesome about Kathy is that she makes everyone else feel like they are smarter. There are so many people that you read their writings and think ‘Wow that guy/gal is pretty smart!’ With Kathy’s writings, you read them and think ‘OMG she just connected the dots for me and now it all makes sense!‘ I am over the moon excited and cannot tell you how proud I am that Kathy will be involved with this book.
So when I asked Kathy if she would write the foreword and she told me she would be happy to review my manuscript and give me some advice, I was thinking that she had no idea what she was getting into 😉 It turns out *I* was the one that was in for a surprise. Over the next month, Kathy must have written me 20 emails, each one probably 2,000 or so words with insanely helpful advice on how to structure the book. In short, it all went back to this bit of advice: On every single page, ask yourself ‘Is this going to help the reader kick ass?‘ Classic Kathy Sierra 😉
Before talking to Kathy, I thought Think Like a Rock Star could be a very good book. Thanks in large part to Kathy’s tremendous help and advice over the last month, I now know Think Like a Rock Star is going to be a great book. And Kathy deserves a lot of the credit for that because she’s really helped me flesh out and structure my ideas, and present them in a way that will help the reader grasp the core lessons…and help them kick ass.
BTW if you aren’t familiar with how awesome Kathy is, here’s some of my favorite posts that she’s written:
And finally…here’s the cover design for Think Like a Rock Star! What do you think?
The official on-sale date is April 19th, 2013, and Think Like a Rock Star is slated to be available for pre-order on sites like Amazon and Barnes and Noble later this month!
Pic of Kathy via Flickr user dottavi
PS: Kathy I apologize for the amount of !!!s in this post, but as I said, I overuse them when I am excited about something 😉
BONUS! Here’s a talk Kathy gave last year on how to write a book that helps readers kick ass. If you are considering writing a book PLEASE watch this.
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