It’s Almost Time for The Angel Playbook

After a year’s work, The Angel Playbook is almost here. After one more edit pass it will go live soon as a Kindle edition, with an audio book edition soon after that.

The playbook delivers the methods, techniques and mindset you will need to prosper and thrive in today’s fast-changing startup funding environment, whether you are an investor or an entrepreneur.

It addresses the psychology that drives successful investments in new companies. We cover the views and needs of the investor and the company founder, providing essential information for both, helping both groups build the communications channels that result in successful investments. As a founder, you’ll learn the secrets of pitching new investments, how to learn from rejection, how to create a successful pitch deck, and more.

As a new or experienced angel investor, you’ll learn what questions to ask of founders, where to find the best investments, and how to sustain a productive relationship with the team you are funding.

Included are profiles and listings of the top regional angel groups and how to pitch them. We cover …

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Disrupting the Publishing Distruption

The publishing industry is ripe for disruption hahahahahah.

Sorry, but I couldn’t resist a giggle there, because writing a line like that is sure to be misinterpreted.  Since I live in an apartment with WiFi, and not in a cave, I realize that the publishing industry has already been quite well disrupted, thank you.  Amazon has blown it up and the resulting shattered walls have created light and freedom for writers. More readers have access to more books than ever. There’s more control than ever for the indie writer. Costs of publishing a book are near zero. You can get good cover art by contracting on Fiverr and a good editor on Elance. There is also a kind of digital slavery involved, since Amazon controls access to your online work.  Amazon is working hard to be the digital railroad baron of our age, controlling delivery and distribution. But as Kristine Kathryn Rusch has written so effectively and articulately (her blog kriswrites.com is worth your time) Amazon’s destruction of publishing’s old ways has created a boon for the old publishing houses.

In Rusch’s clear-eyed analysis, …

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