Marc Baldwin

Book Review: Wise Guy by Guy Kawasaki

Wise Guy, Guy Kawasaki’s 15th book, is his most casual, leisurely, and personal of all. Not a memoir or autobiography, rather it’s a loosely constructed series of stories from his life, each teaching lessons and imparting wisdom. Having worked for both Steve Jobs in the early years of Apple, and Google, Guy certainly is a wise Guy!

As he says, “Always tell stories. Use them to illustrate your key points. Stories are ten times more powerful than bullshit adjectives.” With very few adjectives, Guy tells many touching, funny, even embarrassing and self-deprecating stories about his fascinating life. After each story, he shares the wisdom learned and the takeaways we can all apply to our own lives.

Unlike your average business book that fist pumps, shouts and cajoles you, Wise Guy is like a night in a bar with a good friend, enjoying a few beers as he entertains you with amusing tales of his travels through life. You feel like he’s talking to you–which is Guy’s great gift of being able to speak freely and easily, no pretension, no bullshit, as he says.   

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One of life’s great lessons for all of us is that we need to enjoy every minute of life and never waste our time or talents. “There are plenty of people who are more talented than me,” says Guy. “And plenty of people who work harder than me, but very few who do both.”

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As Guy advises, “Seek out and embrace people who challenge you. You will learn more from them than from the folks who hold you to lower standards.” I have always sought out Guy’s books because he challenges me and holds me to high standards. You can’t go wrong with the Wise Guy!

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Featured Client: Dale M. Nelson, The Bad Shepard

book cover the bad shepherd dale m. nelsonHere at Edit911 we had the great pleasure of editing Dale Nelson’s intriguing first novel. Cops, drugs, music, L.A. in the ‘80’s…it’s a fast paced, fun and unpredictable read. Frankly, it did not need much editing since Dale’s knows his subject matter and is such a talented writer. We just suggested a bit more character and plot development here and there.

Dale explained why he came to Edit911 for our editing services: “I know the value of a good editor and knew that’s what I needed to make my novel the best it could be. Marc was fantastic to work with, very responsive and collaborative. The editor clearly understood my vision for the story and its genre. They helped me fix some issues and made great recommendations for a few improvements. It was a great collaboration and I’d work with them again.”

Dale M. Nelson is a graduate of the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications and former United States Air Force officer. He currently lives in Washington D.C. with his wife, daughter and an Australian Shepherd who thinks she’s the boss of him.

“The Bad Shepherd” is available for sale on Amazon.

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Come see us at the 15th Annual Florida Writers Conference!

We’re thrilled to announce that we’re one of the sponsors of the 15th annual Florida Writers Conference taking place October 20 – 23rd in Altamonte, Florida.

writing conference writers association book editing company sponsorThe Florida Writers Association (FWA) produces the annual conference that fosters and supports writers in the Sunshine State and beyond. Their world-renowned organization attracts famous and award-winning authors, editors, publishers, book marketers and other experts to present, connect with, and encourage one another.

The Florida Writers Conference offers 70+ workshops and panels, networking time with writers and publishing industry professionals, opportunities to pitch to agents and publishers, a venue for attendees to sell their own books, door prizes, and Keynote Speaker, John Gilstrap, a New York Times Bestselling Author.

“As one of the leading book editing services in the world, Edit911 has edited more than 10,000 books in every conceivable genre. We are proud to be one of the sponsors of an event that is nourishing the creativity and determination of so many writers, and we hope that our sponsorship allows us to develop meaningful relationships with the authors in attendance who are seeking an excellent editing service to take their writing to the next level.” – Edit911 COO, Breezy Baldwin.

For more information on the Florida Writers Conference, please visit their website here. Edit911 will have a table in the exhibitors hall at the conference where we will be giving away coupons and prizes, come say hello!

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