My first traditionally published book, The FinTech Book, is launching on the 1st April 2016 and I am super excited! Not just because it has a been a life long dream of mine to publish a book and see my name in print, but because years of talking have finally been replaced with DOING.
And DOING is my keyword for 2016. Whats yours?
Many writers and artists sometime get stuck on how to get started. So often we get carried away by fear.
I call this the fear of starting.
Self doubt seems to be the only voice that is screaming loudly. But I have found a novel way to silence this inner critic. And that is by just starting. And for a writer that is relatively easy.
Start with one word at a time.
And this is exactly how this book came to fruition. The FinTech book is a crowd sourced book, leveraging opinions, thoughts and knowledge from experts, entrepreneurs and investors in the FinTech space.
Susanne, a lovely lady who I had previously worked with left corporate banking to start her own angel network looking at FinTech start-ups.
However she struggled to find information on the FinTech sector as it was a relatively new area. During a coffee with her friend Janos, they came up with the idea of writing a book on the FinTech sector. But where to find all the content you need?
How about you ask the people who already have this knowledge?
Experts, entrepreneurs and thought leaders already in the FinTech sector were asked to contribute chapters to the book. A gap in the market was found and plugged!
Each author was initially invited to prepare a short abstract of around 300 words describing what they would write about. My pitch was about the growing Fintech ecosystem in India.
My abstract was selected and I co-wrote a full 2000 word chapter on this topic with another writer based in India. It took around 4 weeks to complete the article including time spent on research and numerous back and forth emails sent across India with my co-writer on revisions and edits.
Once submitted, I was also part of the initial editing phase where I helped the editors Susanne and Janos edit the entire manuscript.
Being part of a compilation book is another way to get traditionally published and somewhat easier as you do not have to write an entire book!
Having said that, I do have a number of ideas bubbling away on the topic of FinTech and will be drafting out some ideas soon. I have spent the last decade in corporate banking but am fascinated with the FinTech space which is more entrepreneurial and disruptive than traditional banking. Which is just my cup of tea since I’m a bit of a rebel and unable to maintain the status quo 🙂
The official book launch is taking place end of this month at The Shard, London. I will be sure to post some pics. I’ve heard it has some stunning views.