If you are a subscriber to my Leadership Matters newsletter, you know that in the last issue I reviewed Chris Anderson's The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business is Selling Less of More
. For the last couple of years I have tried to keep a pretty quick pace with book reviews which has not been too difficult as I read abnormally fast and the feedback is that the book review is valued at least by a majority of readers. Usually I try to review books that have some sort of impact on my thinking since this seems the most reasonable way to recommend books to others.
So, it occurred to me that this is true in the book world as well through the Small Press and Self-Publishing industries. Far from the stigma of vanity presses, these alternative publishing outlets like Lulu, CreateSpace and Amazon are being used more and more by very good writers with strong messages but no desire to play the major-publication game or to make a million on their works. And I'm willing to be there's some pretty good stuff in the Long Tail of leadership books.
Since the terms "Small Publisher" and "Self-Publishing" both suggest "SP" as an abbreviation, I would like to start an occasional blog feature called "The SP Review." I will scour the self-publishing outlets as well as other internet sources to find the minimally published books that are not so easily found in your local Borders Bookstore. I will buy the books so there isn't any pressure on the review, and I will give a fair and honest review since you may not stumble across the resource readily. I will also try to link to the book so you can find it if you're interested in a resource that is off the beaten path.
So, I need your help. If you are aware of any self-published leadership or business books that you think would be of interest to our readers, or even books that are published about which you are aware but haven't had a chance to investigate, send me a note and let me know. The best stuff may be well hidden. If you know of any authors of these books, forward them this posting and suggest they get in touch with me. I'll publish these as extra postings on a frequency based on availability of the works.
This could be fun. Thanks for your help and looking forward to hearing from you as we get started.