How to Write a 'Dummies' Book for Dummies-Part II

My spiritual program taught me always to say “yes” to a service request.

Will you fold up the chairs after the meeting?


Will you clean up the cigarettes on the sidewalk in front of the meeting room?


Will you invite next week’s speaker?


I’d been practicing this principle for more than a decade when I transitioned my legal practice to a mediation career.

By then, I’d built this principle into my new career plan

  • Be conscious
  • Be teachable
  • Be of service
  • Be the exception to the rule; and,
  • Always say “yes” to a mediation request.

Say “Yes.”

It was second nature to me to say “yes” when I received the following request.

I’m an editor for Wiley Publishing, Inc., acquiring specifically for the successful For Dummies line of consumer reference books. For Dummies is the world’s leading knowledge brand, with more than 1,600 titles and 200 million books in print worldwide.

I’m seeking a content expert to work with an expert writer to co-author Success as a Mediator For Dummies. In short, this book will aim to provide readers with an approachable resource to help them with everything they need to know to becoming a top-performing, successful mediator.

I’m looking for someone who really knows their stuff and has a platform (or will commit to building a platform) to promote the book and him/herself. In return, this book will enable the author to gain additional credibility in the field, help market his/her expertise, and open doors to exciting new opportunities. Working with our expert writer will make the process of producing content for our branded format very easy on the content expert.

If you’re interested in working with us on this title (or know of a colleague or recommendation who might be), please contact me at your earliest convenience and I’d be happy to go over more of the details.

Call Your Friends and Colleagues

O.K., I didn’t say “yes” immediately. First, I emailed colleagues in the business to see whether they’d been approached by Wiley as well.

They had.

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