I'm pleased to announce that I recently published my first book, Research on Main Street: Using the Web to Find Local Business and Market Information. Many of you have read my local posts on this blog - they were a great way for me to flesh out some of the content.
It's a book about finding information about places - usually on the county, city, town, or even neighborhood level. Those of you who have tried to find business-grade local information, including demographics, economics, companies, people, and issues, know just how tricky this can be. Fewer resources drill down to the local level, and those that do are hard to find.
In writing this, my goal was to create a guide to the quickest route to high-quality local information - the kind you need for making important business decisions. I also wanted to show how local resources can fill in the gaps when researching companies, people, or national issues.
As with any effort, you can't write a book alone. Often, it's the people and the talent you bring into a project that bring the most value - and I can honestly say that Research on Main Street is a much better book because of a little help from my friends.
Each chapter includes a 'Tips from the Pros' section, written by some of the best in the business: Cindy Shamel, Margaret (Marge) King, Bob Berkman, Peggy Garvin, Christine Hamilton-Pennell, Amelia Kassel, Risa Sacks, Monnie Nilsson, Barbara Fullerton, and Kathy Mills. Thanks to all of you.
I also want to thank Mary Ellen Bates for contributing the book's foreword - it's an honor - and for sharing your expertise in getting published.
Having a great publisher helps, and the folks at Information Today, Inc., couldn't have been more supportive.
Now that I've got the first book behind me, I have a long list of lessons learned. It's a shame to put them to waste, so - believe it or not - I've been putting together some ideas for the next one!