Name Next Year's No.1 Bestseller

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Writing a blog is one thing. Writing a book is something else! (And let’s not predict writing a bestseller. That was just to get your attention!). Consider this. We have no book-writing experience, we are on an exciting adventure, and we are learning how to share the deep lessons learned in our 2.5 years of research.

While the writing process is important, it is only part of the journey. Other key aspects are design, title, subtitle and publishing strategy—just to mention a few. Fortunately, we have a great publisher for the Dutch version.

Now, we want to enlist the wisdom of the crowd. You are invited to get involved too! Here’s what we have in mind.

But first, a bit of background

The book describes our adventures as Corporate Rebels. It aims to be both an adventure book and a management book. It will be full of stories about workplace pioneers, our travels across the globe, no-nonsense trends, actionable best practices, and much more. In short: the highlights of 2+ years spent researching rebellion.

So, will you help us choose the best possible title, subtitle, and cover design? We’re sure the results will be better if you do. The winning ideas/tips will be acknowledged in the book and, of course, you will receive a first edition copy of the book.

1. Title

The title needs to be rebellious, eye-catching, bold, and a bit controversial. But it shouldn’t be over-the-top, juvenile, or cynical. It has to “grab people in the gut”, and make them curious enough to pick up the book.

To give you an idea, here are some titles that grabbed our attention and that we love:

  • 4-Hour Work Week
  • Maverick
  • The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A Fuck
  • Let My People Go Surfing
  • Moonwalking With Einstein
  • Screw Business As Usual

Not easy to match those, right? That’s why we need your ideas! Please drop them in the comments below.

2. Subtitle

A superb subtitle really adds something special. It clarifies, explains, sparks curiosity, or even confusion.

Some subtitles we love:

  • Let My People Go Surfing - The Education of a Reluctant Businessman
  • SEAL Team Six - Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper
  • No Excuses - Nine Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People - Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

Once again, help is much appreciated. We’d love to see your ideas in the comment section below.

3. Cover design

For the cover we aim for even more impact: something bold, eye-catching, and rebellious. Be creative, go nuts, and share any cool ideas you have. Do you also have design skills? Even better!

Drop us your ideas in the comment section below! Or in case of designs, send them to info@corporate-rebels.com.

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Connecting with publishers

For the Dutch version of the book we are working with publishing house Atlas/Business Contact. We still own all other language rights—and we are talking to Italian, Spanish, and US/UK publishers about other language versions.

If you have connections to any publishers who are not Dutch, we’d love to get in contact with them. To connect us, just drop us an email at info@corporate-rebels.com.

Our aims? To spread the word on the Corporate Rebels and, simply, to make work more fun. We will talk to any publisher who would love to contribute to this.

GAME ON: We look forward to seeing your ideas and tips in the comment section below! Oh, and if you haven't pre-registered for the book yet: don't forget to do so here.

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Caroline Larsson

Caroline Larsson

I also like the idea of using Coporate Rebel as the title and exploring the meaning of the name - it is so strong in it's self. The Corporate Rebel - the global rebellion of humanizing organizations

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Bart van der Heijden

Bart van der Heijden

Stroming the business Bastille - A field guide to corporate Rebellion

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Simon Prior

Simon Prior

Rebels with a cause - Pioneers reinventing organisations putting the pursuit of performance/profit alongside the pursuit of purpose

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Sam Green

Sam Green

Your work, Your life! - Who is stopping you?

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Mark

Mark

Yea you've got the title, 'Corporate Rebels' is perfect. Subtitle: Let Them Cede Power.

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Brooke

Brooke

I agree your name is wonderful and meaning for the title too. I like what Caroline has suggested I came up with something similar: The global rebellion of humanizing organizations as the subtitle. You will have an international bestseller no matter what. Please let me know before the launch so i can share it with many authors and bestsellers around me to make it an international bestseller. I know you don't need it but best of luck. Your fields below do not accept my URL but it is www.purposeful.business :)

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veronica

veronica

Title: Rebel Yell
Subtitle: Wisdom for the corporate front line

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Tree Bressen

Tree Bressen

Corporate Rebels: Practical Ways Organizations around the World are Making Their Workers' Lives Good (Instead of Soul-Crushing)

For the US, Berrett-Koehler would be the most obvious publisher to partner with. They are a lead publisher in the field of organization development who i believe share your values.

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Fernando Mendonça

Fernando Mendonça

I also thing that Corporate Rebels should be included in the title, because is becoming a powerful brand!
the subtitle should mix life and work, because in my umble opinion we are not talking only about work, we spend so much time in the company with coleagues that they became our family. I will think more deeply in that idea and comeback with some purposes!
Congrats for the idea! keep it rebel!

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Nina

Nina

Furious and fast - Corporate Rebels exploring the Future of Work

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