June 27, 2014 at 11:30pm. I hit a bottle neck in my career. I ask James Altucher for advice with what to do with my life. He tells me to write short books. I think it over for a bit.
On June 29, 2014, I start to research what kind of books my target audience reads.
On July 1, 2014, I inquire with others to gather ideas on what kind of books other people would like to see me write.
On July 5, 2014, I go to eat with Terrence Yang and Vivy Chao of Yang Ventures, telling them that I’m going to write some kind of book, but I have no clue what. Vivy mentions the Etiquette of Social Media. I decide on that to be what my book is about.
On July 6, 2014, I start a closed network to get feedback on my book. I come up with a table of contents. On August 3, 2014, I write my first two chapters of the book.
On August 4, 2014 at 9:24pm, Kai Peter Chang reaches out to me and asks if I want to do a Meetup at the end of the month. I agree, setting a self imposed deadline to finish my book.
On August 10, 2014, I write the next three chapters of the book.
On August 17, 2014, I write the next seven chapters of the book.
On August 18, 2014, I write the last two chapters of the book, the preface, the dedications, and the about the author.
On August 19, 2014, I write the bonus chapter.
On August 23, 2014, I finish all the editing with the help of KP Wee, Bhavesh Aggarwal, Melissa Stroud and Peter Flom.
On the night of August 24, 2014, Catheryn Chen finishes the cover.
On the dawn of August 25, 2014, I submit my book to Createspace for review.
On August 31, 2014, I had my book launch at Choco Chicken.
It’s so unreal. I went from having no direction with what to do with my life on June 26, 2014, to having a little direction on June 27, 2014. Then by July 5, 2014, I had a concrete idea. From there, I made a table of contents the next day.
Then I did nothing. I procrastinated. For a very long time.
It wasn’t until almost a whole month later on August 3rd, I wrote my first two chapters. Then after I created a self imposed deadline, I was able to finish my project by August 23rd. Who would’ve even thought that it was physically possible to finish writing 100% of the contents of a book in less than three weeks? Or to take an idea and turn it into reality in two months?
I surely would have never believed this to be true. Yet here it is, a fuzzy dream that has somehow manifested itself into becoming a reality.
About the Author:
Leonard Kim is the author of The Etiquette of Social Media: How to Connect and Respond to Others in the World of Social Media. Leonard has been recognized as a Top Writer on Quora, an Online Knowledge Market. He also blogs at
Oh and he likes cookies, cake and ice cream. Puppies too.
Where to buy The Etiquette of Social Media:
I believe that no person should have to live without the advice that is within this book. For every ten people who purchases a copy of, I will donate a copy of my ebook to someone who doesn’t have the resources to acquire the book on their own. My goal is to give out a free copy of my book to each person who is nominated. In order to do so, we will have to help spread the word about the book.
How to Nominate your friends to receive a free copy:
How can I share the message?
Etiquette is an important part of our every day lives. I was always under the impression that every person knew about such etiquettes. That is, until my inbox flooded and there were comments all over my content when I started to become popular online. After seeing how so many people didn’t understand etiquette, I saw that it was becoming an epidemic.
Do your part in preventing this epidemic from spreading.
If you see a troll or someone who is leaving a rude comment on any article on the Internet, share the link to this book. These people need it the most.
Here are some examples of some comments you can leave:
John, what you have said is quite rude. It seems like you may need to pick up some lessons on etiquette. This book can help!
Sardina, since your mother didn’t teach you proper manners, I’ll help you out. Read this book:Jackie, how would you feel if you were on the receiving end of this message? There’s a person there, with feelings! Respond better by reading this: Billie, have your parents ever told you that you shouldn’t touch a stranger’s hair? Rude comments are also a no no. Learn some class:
Wow Joe, I can see an employer tossing your application in the trash after reading your remarks. Maybe you should start studying this guide:
But don’t stop there. These principles need to be taught to our youth, spread in our school systems and practiced in business environments. Tell your friends, teachers and business associates about the book. Share the lessons you learned with others. Gift a copy of the book to your children, or your friends on their birthdays and other special occasions. Write your personal review on . If you have an existing email base, send the message out to your subscribers.
Or if that is too difficult, the least you can do to participate in the movement is to take a Picture of yourself reading the book. Tag it on social media outlets with the hashtag #socialmediaetiquette.
Thank you for joining me on this journey. If necessary, I will readily be available for interviews and speaking engagements and I look forward to creating more books throughout the years.
Where can I get my copy of the book again?
Paperback (Available in America, UK and Europe):
eBook (Available everywhere):
Originally posted on Quora.
Leonard Kim is the Author of The Etiquette of Social Media: How to Connect and Respond to Others in the World of Social Media.