Happy Creativity Thursday: Digital Sisterhood Graphic Design Process & Author Chat Videos

Happy Creativity Thursday!

Today’s blog features several creative treats related to my new book, Digital Sisterhood: A Memoir of Fierce Living Online (available on Amazon.com for Kindle and as a paperback and hardback book).

Photo Credit: http://daridesignstudio.com/blog/
Photo Credit: http://daridesignstudio.com/blog/

Digital Sisterhood Book Graphic Design Process: This week, my amazing graphic designer, Dariela Cruz published a blog post about the work she did to make my book’s cover art come to life. Click here to read all about it.

Author Chat Video Series:  On October 14, I hosted my first author chat for my Kickstarter donors. The chat was divided into two videos. See the links below. Let me know what you think about the videos in the comment section.

Event Schedule Reminder:

1) If you are in DC on October 19, please plan to attend my author talk and book reading from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, 1632 U Street, NW (three blocks from the U Street/Cardozo Green Line Metro Station). Click here to register for the event. See you on October 19th!

2) October 23 @ 9-10:00pm EST – Author Twitter Chat – Follow @digitalsisterhd on Twitter. Use the hashtag #digitalsisterhood and Tweetgrid.com, Tweetchat.com, or Hootsuite to participate in the conversation.

3) October 30 @ 9-9:30pm EST – Digital Sisterhood Radio Author Chat – Visit www.talkshoe.com/tc/42015 to listen to the show.

4) November 9: I will give a talk on leadership styles that people can use to make a positive impact on the digital global community at the 2nd Annual Women Interactive Creative Technology Festival at Spelman College in Atlanta, GA.

5) November 13 @ 9-9:30 p.m. EST – Google Hangout Author Chat –  https://plus.google.com/106456342761801770741


Happy Internet Geek Tuesday: Great News About My Digital Sisterhood Book

Photo Credit: http://www.rwa-wf.com/2012/03/05/member-news-03-04-12/greatnews/
Photo Credit: http://www.rwa-wf.com/2012/03/05/member-news-03-04-12/greatnews/

Happy Internet Geek Tuesday!

I’ve got some great news to kick off this new month. Last week, I submitted the final manuscript for my book, Digital Sisterhood: A Memoir of Fierce Living Online to my publisher. See a description of the book below. The next steps include me reviewing the proofs (manuscript in book form) and approving the book cover design. My book should be available on Amazon.com in early October (paperback and Kindle). So get ready for a great autumn read!

One of the photos featured in the book - Photo Credit: Leigh Mosley - www.leighmosley.com
One of the photos featured in the book – Photo Credit: Leigh Mosley – http://www.leighmosley.com

Book Description: Digital Sisterhood provides insight and inspiration for any woman seeking to celebrate, express, or reinvent how the Internet, social media, and technology impact her life. Ananda Kiamsha Madelyn Leeke became a pioneer in the digital space when she first logged into the LexisNexis research service as a first-year law student at Howard University School of Law 27 years ago.  She was immediately smitten with what the World Wide Web could do and in this compelling memoir, we follow her on her journey as she finds herself in an Internet café in Beijing, China and has an interaction that changes her life.

Leeke begins to embrace and define the concept of “digital sisterhood” and through interactions and conversations both on-line and in-person, she embraces a complete career reinvention (spoiler alert, she leaves the legal field) and finally embraces her enormous creative spirit. We get to know the digital sisters in her life as true sheroes and virtual mentors. Their experiences and insights helped her use the Internet as a self-discovery tool and identify leadership archetypes that shaped her role as a social media leader.

Her blogging and social media adventures will highlight the lessons she learned while tapping into the power of her leadership archetypes, the reasons she launched the Digital Sisterhood Network, and the experiences that caused her to adopt what she terms the “fierce living” commitments. At the end of each chapter, you’ll have an opportunity to explore aspects of your own Digital Sisterhood journey through a series of interactive exercises.

Photo Credit: Design by Dariela Cruz of www.daridesignstudio.com; Copyright 2013 by Madelyn C. Leeke
Photo Credit: Design by Dariela Cruz of http://www.daridesignstudio.com; Copyright 2013 by Madelyn C. Leeke

In honor of this major accomplishment, I thought I would share a photo of artwork that appears on the book cover. Dariela Cruz, an amazing graphic designer and co-founder of Dari Design Studio, and I worked together on the design concept. Dariela created the final product. I think she did a fabulous job. What do you think?

Thank you to everyone who has supported me in my writing journey. I am deeply grateful for your positive energy and prayers.

Happy Internet Geek Tuesday! 3/19

Photo Credit: AlizaSherman.com
Photo Credit: AlizaSherman.com

Happy Internet Geek Tuesday!

Who do you learn from the most online?

Aliza Sherman is one of my greatest digital teachers. Aliza’s specialities include Digital Marketing Strategy, Social Media Engagement, Social Mobile Apps Marketing, Mobile Marketing Integration, QR Code Campaigns, Strategic Content Marketing, Social Network Management, and Crowdsourcing. I think she is a “Digital Diva” pioneer. I learn so much from her weekly e-newsletter that is filled with digital wisdom and treats. You can learn more too if you click here to register for her newsletter.

Aliza Sherman at BlogHer 2010
Aliza Sherman at BlogHer 2010

I admire and appreciate her commitment to making sure women and girls are empowered through technology. In 1995, she made digital “herstory” when she built the first websites for women: Cybergrrl.com, Webgrrls.com, and Femina.com (they preceded Women.com and iVillage.com). I’ve been a fan of hers ever since I discovered her book, cybergrrl! A Woman’s guide to the World Wide Web.

cybergrrl! A Woman's guide to the World Wide Web by Aliza Sherman
cybergrrl! A Woman’s guide to the World Wide Web by Aliza Sherman

In 2009, I met her for the first time at the Blogalicious Weekend Conference in Atlanta. Later that year, I interviewed her on Digital Sisterhood Radio. The next year, I had a chance to reconnect with her at the BlogHer conference in New York City. In 2011, I attended her Mobile Marketing session at Blogalicious in the National Harbor in Maryland. Her presentation was engaging and inspired me to dream about developing a series of content apps to support my books (I’m still dreaming!!!).

Crowdsourcing by Aliza Sherman
Crowdsourcing by Aliza Sherman

Right after Blogalicious, I purchased her book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Crowdsourcing. It convinced me to use a small community of digital sisters to crowdsource logo designs and badges for the Digital Sisterhood Network in 2012. It worked! Click here to see the fantastic badges and logo created by Dariela Cruz.

Social Media Engagement For Dummies byAliza Sherman and , Danielle Smith
Social Media Engagement For Dummies by
Aliza Sherman and , Danielle Smith

This summer, Aliza and her writing partner, Danielle Smith, founder of Danielle Smith Media will release their book, Social Media Engagement For Dummies (For Dummies. To learn more about her, visit www.alizasherman.com and follow her on Twitter @alizasherman.