My latest book, The Basics of a Hosting Business on Amazon.com hit the shelves yesterday… and I had no idea!
Around midnight on Friday night I was taking a quick jaunt through my Facebook feed and came across something that totally surprised me – my name on the cover of a new book!
Now don’t get me wrong, I knew I’d written the book, you can’t write 14,000 words without noticing it. What I didn’t know though was that it was coming out NOW – and that I’d be given writing credit.
The Basics of a Hosting Business (paperback, Kindle) was the concept of the lovely folk at WHMCS and was designed to assist people starting new web hosting companies. I was asked to write it for them, but at the most I was expecting my name to appear at the bottom of the fly-leaf. They’ve given me full credit for writing it though, for which I am incredibly grateful.
I was asked to use advice from the input of hundreds of entrepreneurs in the hosting industry and the expertise of the staff at WHMCS to create a book which can guide people who are starting, or thinking of starting, their own hosting business through the process of getting off the ground.
Believe it or not, I kind of missed a few deadlines, which I know is virtually unheard of for a writer, but the final product came out better than I had envisioned because of the excellent advice and assistance I needed from so many different people.
I can’t tell you how shocking it is to see that Amazon have you listed as the author of another book when you weren’t expecting it and it goes to show the kindness and integrity of the people at WHMCS that they would give me the honor of front-cover billing rather than just calling it a WHMCS company effort.
The book, obviously, promotes WHMCS’s product, which is a billing, administration and automation tool for web hosts and I wouldn’t have agreed to write it had it not been for my experience as a host using WHMCS and interacting with their staff on support issues.
I know that many of the people reading this have no use for the book as they are not in the hosting industry, but if you are, I highly recommend both WHMCS and cPanel for their business ethos, their excellent products and their outstanding support.
I have no idea what my next book will be…. but I’m looking forward to finding out and seeing my name on Amazon again!