Humane, Resourced – early reflections

Last Wednesday we launched a book.

It was a far from perfect book – I really appreciate the time of the awesome people at Pressbooks who sent me an email full of flaws in the formatting for me to update. Their software was brilliantly useful in helping us create the book before exporting to Amazon.

But it was a book full of good things and you should really buy it  and then leave a review. We’ll be doing a second one so honest reviews – as well as generous reviews that author’s tend to attempt to solicit – are equally welcome.

My goal throughout this process was to get people into a book, it never really crossed my mind that we might sell any, it just seemed nice that people could say ‘I was in a book’. That seemed a worthwhile use of my energy.

On Thursday morning someone sent me a screengrab of the book in the ‘bestselling business books list’ in the UK Kindle store. It was number 8.

Then a couple of minutes later someone sent me a link to the HR books section on Amazon (all books, not just Kindle). It was number 1.

Here is some of the odd stuff that happened last week – for a book with no formal backing, no PR plan and created in 4 months.

Peak positions:

  • #29 Organisational change (US)
  • #32 HR (US)
  • #1 HR (UK)
  • #7 Business (UK)
  • #2 Business management and leadership – only outsold by the new Gladwell book
  • #81 nonfiction (UK)

Books that we were sitting above in the charts at some point during the week:

  • Outliers by Gladwell
  • Thinking Fast and Slow by Kahneman
  • Women, Work, and the Will to Lead By Sheryl Sandberg (COO Facebook)
  • To Sell Is Human AND Drive By Dan Pink
  • 5 Dysfunctions Of A Team – Patrick Lencioni
  • Karen Brady’s biography

We also moved Who Moved My Cheese?. Things have quietened down a bit now (although we remain the #1 bestselling HR book)

I’m still not quite sure how this happened. I feel slightly like I have a moral responsibility for plugging the book as so many people contributed for free – so my twitter feed is currently full of ‘buy this book’ spam.

I apologise for that and if more people could share that would be wonderful. The CIPD have agreed to us doing some promotion at the conference next week, which is very generous of them and unexpected.

But if we don’t sell any more – and we simply peak at a top ten selling business book and the bestselling HR book in the UK – well I guess that is ok. Best Sellers The most popular items in Human Resources - Google Chrome 02112013 092921.bmp

The Book Of Blogs – almost there

Hi all,

1. Any outstanding contributions to the book of blogs need to be in by the 16th. If, for whatever reason,  you no longer wish to be included you need to let me know by the 16th too.

Deadline at Dawn
Deadline at Dawn (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you aren’t going to get it done by then, but would still like to contribute, please send me a grovelling appeal for time and a £10 note and I’ll consider each case on its merits.

2. You can find an up to date list of contributors here – if you didn’t read update last time them please do now as the book is no longer ‘free’: . You can also suggest charities for any profits and vote on titles. If it’s a draw I’ll just choose a title – so please use your vote wisely.

3. If anyone would like a sneak preview in exchange for feeding back on any errors (traditionally this is called proofreading but I’m keeping it informal) then let me know

4. If anyone has any PR/marketing ideas or contacts then please let me know – or better yet just contact them yourself and wax lyrical about the project. This has grown from a side project to an incredible collective effort – so to do justice to everyone’s work collaborating on making the book a success would be wonderful. We’ve already had some interest from People Management and Ask Grapevine – some US (or NZ?) interest would be brilliant.

5. I’m registered as a publisher with Amazon now. Hopefully I can confirm my tax status with them next week and then we are good to go!

It’s going to be great.