ON A COLD DECEMBER NIGHT, I stepped to the front of a room full of people at The Sketchnote Handbook launch party, amazed to see the turnout for my book.
In the back of the room, a table was lined with crock pots of soup (Aga Artka's Pickle Soup was a hit), fresh bread, Milwaukee Brewing Company beer, water and sweet treats. At the front of the room, I and Len Kendall presented an evening of sketchnoting fun for 60+ people at Translator.
After an hour of mingling and signing books, I kicked off the evening with words of welcome and a brief drawing lesson for the crowd. Len Kendall took the floor after me, sharing his story of using social media to propose to his girlfriend Katie. Many captured sketchnotes while Len presented.
We ended the night having volunteers come up to share their sketchnotes with the group, using my connected iPad as a document camera. It was great fun for everyone on Thursday night.
Thank you Mark, Cindi and Katie at Translator for making everything so easy.
The Sketchnote Handbook: Video 2 (Overview)
Just last week we were able to get video 2 from the 20-part, 70 minute video edition released for the public to see. I love this, because it introduces the video and shows tidbits of the entire series:
I think this preview shows why The Video Edition is a great value.
Press Mentions and Interviews
The Sketchnote Handbook is being very well received. I've read many positive tweets from those who have received a copy as Amazon began shipping their stock on Friday. The book printing and paper have exceeded my expectations, and I think readers notice those details too. It's exciting!
There have been a bunch of great interviews, articles and podcasts around the book launch, so I've gathered those here in one convenient place. Eventually I'll create a press page for the book where media mentions will live.
The Sketchnote Handbook: A brilliant new guide to visual note taking
Chuck Frey, The Mindmapping Software Blog
The Sketchnote Handbook
Ben Brooks, The Brooks Review
Visual book review: The Sketchnote Handbook
by Sacha Chua, SachaChua.com
Writing scripts for 'Sketchnote: the Video'
by Gabe Wollenburg, WriteLarge.com
AUDIO & WRITTEN INTERVIEWS:
Mike Rohde on CMD+Space (Audio Interview)
I speak with Myke Hurley about sketchnoting and the new book.
Mike Rohde's Interview on Author Talk (Audio Interview)
I talk with Nancy Runzel, of Peachpit Press about my book and writing process.
On Failure: Mike Rohde
by Ben Krogh, benkrogh.com
SOME NICE TWEETS:
The Sketchnote Handbook, by Mike Rohde, is exceptionally well done: amazon.com/The-Sketchnote…— Jason Fried (@jasonfried) December 10, 2012
I really want to read @rohdesign's new Sketchnote Handbook -- but my kids took it and now they won't stop drawing.— DanielCoyle (@DanielCoyle) December 7, 2012
@rohdesign Amazon image for your book does NOT do it justice. Wow, it’s lovely. Color and artifacts suffer on web.— Daniel Jalkut (@danielpunkass) December 7, 2012
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Kindle Edition Issues
This week I found that the Kindle Edition of the book has a swath of blank pages, right in the middle of the book. I've alerted Peachpit and there is a new version being pushed out to Amazon, so if you get this edition, hold on for the updated document coming soon before canceling or leaving reviews.
Love it? Leave an Amazon Review!
If you have a copy of the book and you love it, the most valuable action you can take for me and the book is to leave an Amazon review.
It can be brief - just 5-10 minutes does the trick. Reviews help amazon determine popularity and drives more book sales. So, go review the book!