Last summer I sent the manuscript for the book Brand Like A Rock Star to various agents and publishers, and was rewarded with a nearly-equal number of rejection letters.
Fortunately, one publishing company expressed interest. I met with them in the fall.
When I sent them my book in the summer, I felt that it was an almost-finished product. I figured a little editing would help, but the book was essentially done. They didn’t feel the same way. They liked what I wrote, but they figured it was more of an e-book at that point. They felt it needed a lot of additional content to qualify as a “real” book and they suggested some angles I could take. Somewhat reluctantly, I took their advice and sat down to work on a project that I had mentally already put away. Over the next few months, I amazed myself and more than doubled the word count with solid content. No filler! It turns out that their advice was right!
A few weeks ago I sent them the revised manuscript for Brand Like A Rock Star. This time, I was certain, the book was done. Complete. Fini. Yesterday they sent me their thoughts. Apparently I was wrong. I’m not quite done yet. While they seem to be thrilled with the progress I’ve made, they’ve suggested additional changes that I didn’t expect.
The cool thing this time around is that my mind is open. I’ve seen the difference their third-party input can make on a project that I’m very close to. This time around, I’m actually very excited to work on the changes they are suggesting.
That’s the benefit of a second set of eyes, or ears, on a project. When you are very close to something, like your own business or brand, you sometimes get too close to it. You start to lose sight of what your project looks like in the bigger world, seeing only what it means to you and your world.
That’s why The Beatles had George Martin.
That’s the difference Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno made on The Joshua Tree.
It is what Jimmy Miller did for Exile On Main Street, Goat’s Head Soup, and Sticky Fingers.
It is how Ahmet Ertegun influenced Led Zeppelin, Crobsy Stills Nash and Young, Percy Sledge, and Otis Redding… among many, many others.
Are you willing to take a few steps back, and let a fresh set of eyes look at your brand?
Rock stars have producers, sound engineers, and guitar techs. Rock star brands have consultants, advisors, and confidants.
Who is your brand’s George Martin?
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