Take a look at our editor's new book
Published: January 15, 2013 at 11:51 AM
A warning, though: This isn't another theme park book, nor is it a collection of stories. But Theme Park Insider does play an important role within the book, and I'm mentioning it to you today because there's much in this volume that might help some Theme Park Insider readers in their "day jobs," away from visiting theme parks.
Some of you might remember that I've worked at several newspapers and taught journalism in the past, in addition to running Theme Park Insider. Thanks to my experience here at TPI, as well as our sister website, Violinist.com, I've become a bit of an expert in how lowly news reporters can become publishers, running their own website publishing businesses.
My new book, How to Make Money Publishing Community News Online, is a guidebook for doing that. And more, really. It's a practical guide for anyone who wants or needs to use the Internet to communicate better and connect with customers, clients, or an audience. Though I'm pitching the book for use in journalism schools, I didn't write it just for journalism students. I wanted it to be a useful guide for anyone who wanted to start a website, or even just to use online communication tools to help improve your career.
In the book, I detail seven steps that readers can use to connect with and organize a community around any project. I also include tips for writing online, shooting photos and video, engaging readers with interactivity, using social media without embarrassing yourself or your company, and even offer a tutorial in basic math skills that are helpful in business and reporting.
No, I don't have any funny stories about getting fired at the Haunted Mansion. But I believe that some of you will find the book useful, so I'm taking a few moments to mention it here. I hope that you'll take a look, and perhaps become a fan of the book on Facebook, too. If you're so inclined, "liking" the book on Amazon and leave a favorable review also can help promote the book to more readers, so I'd be ever grateful to anyone who helped by doing those things, too. (I've been running excerpts over on my Sensible Talk blog, too.)
Thanks for taking a look at the book, and now we resume our never-quite-normal theme park coverage.