Creating Your Author Platform: The New Rules, by Carole Jelen & Michael McCallister
It’s been quite a busy month! Carole Jelen and I finished the latest round of edits of our BenBella Book Creating Your Author Platform: The New Rules last week, and that’s off to our copy editor. I’m working on a site (WordPress, of course) where you can learn more about the book; watch this space for launch information. You’ll be seeing the book itself at your favorite brick-and-mortar bookstore on May 13, 2014, but you can pre-order it online at this very moment!
My wonderful literary agent and co-author, Carole Jelen also gave an “Agent Advice” interview to WritersDigest.com on author platform topics and other tips of the publishing trade.
Still Writing Though…
Now I can refocus energy on the next project, my guide to the Ubuntu Touch phone and tablet operating system. While still not pre-installed on any device, you’ll be able to run Touch on a whole raft of phones when the platform is released on October 17. See the Ubuntu Phone site for details. I’ll be ramping up the “Notes from the Ubuntuverse” section of this site soon too.
But Not Least…
BarCamp Milwaukee 8 is this Saturday, October 5 in the historic John Plankinton Building in downtown Milwaukee. Go register now, and I’ll see you there! If you need to know more, our fearless leader explains it to you here.
While these are still works in progress, I’m excited to report that both of my current book projects are now available for pre-ordering at Amazon.com
Creating Your Author Platform: The New Rules (BenBella) is a complete guide for every writer to build their authority online before, during and after writing a book. Written with the best literary agent anyone could have, Carole Jelen, we’ll help you find an audience that’s just dying for your wisdom. The book is coming out on May 13, 2014. Reserve your copy by clicking the link below:
Ubuntu Touch: Using the Ubuntu OS on Your Smartphone or Tablet will be the first book on the market to help users of the Ubuntu Touch convergence devices when they come out next spring. Watch this space for more information as the book takes shape. Reserve your copy at Amazon clicking this link:
More news to come!
Watch for a redesign of this site and more information on these titles as we count down to the new releases.
Feel free to post questions about and ideas for these books in the Comments section. I look forward to hearing from you!
Ubuntu Linux Mobile (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Perhaps you’ve noticed, there’s been a bit of activity in the Ubuntu part of the universe, especially when it comes to mobile devices. I am pleased to announce that I’ve just started writing a book for QUE that we are currently calling Ubuntu Touch: Using the Ubuntu OS on your Smartphone or Tablet.
This book will not be a guide to the proposed advanced Ubuntu Edge phone, but will instead be a guide for using Ubuntu on any supported mobile device. I will have more to say about the book as time goes on.
Between the new book project and all the news surrounding Ubuntu these days, I’ll be bringing the first of a few changes here at MichaelMcCallister.com. This week marks the birth of “Notes from the Ubuntuverse,” a blog with news and commentary on various Ubuntu-related topics. The blog will probably be mostly about mobile Ubuntu, but I’m sure other things (like Kubuntu) will come up from time to time. I have a lot to say about the Edge project too–watch this space!
Finally, I’ve been redesigning the site to bring it into the Twenty Teens, and it’s coming real soon.
Longtime followers of my career (yes, all 15 of you) are probably wondering about a couple of things: I still spend most of my computing time running openSUSE Linux, and I don’t expect that to change substantially while I write this book. While I expect to get quite familiar with the (in)famous Unity desktop in the coming months, I’m still a KDE guy at heart. And you can count on this site running WordPress nigh on to forever.
I am excited to start a new Linux book, and hope you’ll join me on this journey through the Ubuntuverse. Is there something about Ubuntu that perplexes you? I want to help. I am also interested in your thoughts, and ideas for the next iteration of the site. That’s what the Comments area is for, you know.
If you’re in Milwaukee this Saturday, and especially if you write (for a hobby, for a living, or somewhere in between), I hope to see you at WriteCamp 5 in beautiful Bay View on the southeast side of town.
Besides my talk on “Building Your Author Platform Through Google Authorship,” you can find sessions on these and many other topics (click the title for more information on each topic):
The unconference format means there’s still time for you to prepare your own session too. WriteCamp is for all writers of all kinds, and all levels of experience. We have a lot of fun — and thanks to the sponsors, it’s all Free of charge (even lunch).
See you Saturday at:
Mercy Hill @ The Hide House
2625 S Greeley St,
Milwaukee, WI 53207
Registration (and pancakes) starts at 9AM. Sessions start at 10AM and go till 6PM. Come and go as you please.
English: 1882 drawing of looking over Milwaukee from Bay View. Derived from public domain image uploaded at http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Milwaukee_1882.jpg (Photo credit: Wikipedia)