Tuesday, October 18, 2011

My Novella Plans

I am looking forward to doing a novella. I have had a novel in process, Mark Rollins and the Caret Murders, for over a year that I just haven’t been able to finish—now I’m thinking of reworking it into a novella or short novel—probably something in the 35,000 to 40,000 word category.

I also have been putting off that business management book everyone encourages me to write. I haven’t because I know that most business books are highly repetitive—the result of pumping up the word count to justify the price of a printed hardcover book. Yes, I have a set of core business beliefs that played a big part in my success in business. They aren’t just made-up stuff. They are proven sound business principals extracted from experience—mine and the experience of management geniuses like Peter Drucker, W. Edwards Deming, and Tom Peters.

I simplified concepts. I added visual images, or icons, to make them memorable—reducing the need for long narratives that can blur the meaning rather than illuminate. By sharing those core principals with every member of the team, it made us an effective organization—one that our customers liked doing business with. We created a common business language shared by the team. I called that common language “ABCs of Insearch”. As we used our private language, we reinforced sound effective management concepts.

The traditional repetitive business book format would fly in the face of what “ABCs of Insearch” represented. The new opportunity to share that language and those core principles in novella form has awakened my interest in doing the book, or I should say booklet.

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