By David Gewirtz
This has been a very exciting week for us here at ZATZ. After many long months of work, my book Where Have All The Emails Gone?, shown in Figure A, is now finally available. You can buy it directly from Amazon.com.FIGURE A
This is the cover of the book. Exciting, isn't it?
Back in April of 2007, it came to America's attention that some email messages from the White House had gone missing. As the publisher of two of the largest publications dedicated to email and electronic communication, OutlookPower Magazine and DominoPower Magazine, it seemed appropriate for us to investigate this issue.
"If you want to help out with the book's mission, please tell people about the book. If you're a blogger, blog about it. Send copies to your congress-critters. Tell people about it at parties. Ask your candidates what they're going to do about White House email security."
I honestly expected to write one short article that would discuss the basics of the issue and then forget all about it. Of course, from the news reports in the mainstream media, there was really no way to know there was a nightmare scenario hidden inside the incredibly mundane topic that is email. As you know, I wound up writing 12 articles, spanning a most of our magazines.
Those articles became the basis for this book. Of course, there was a whole lot of rewrite, and I had to transform the material from something suitable to IT experts to something suitable for mainstream media and politicians. The result is Where Have All The Emails Gone?
Where Have All The Emails Gone? is the most comprehensive analysis of White House email ever published, reads like a thriller, and ends with six very doable recommendations that can quickly and easily bring security and safety back to White House email.
We've got a busy few months ahead. The promotional process for the book has started and I'm off doing interviews and sending copies of the book out for review. Stay tuned to the news page or the RSS feeds, and when possible, I'll post the details of where I'll be speaking.
We're also getting ready for the holidays, and right after that, for the Lotus crowd, is Lotusphere. As always, I'm looking forward to seeing all my friends at Lotusphere and seeing many of the great new solutions coming out.
If you're really interested in how we (the editors here at ZATZ) produced this book front-to-back, keep reading the magazine. We'll have an article series in the magazines that showcases every step of this book's production, from the Photoshop work on the cover to the use of InDesign for page layout, and even how we generated the index.
By the way, if you want to help out with the book's mission, please tell people about the book. If you're a blogger, blog about it. Send copies to your congress-critters. Tell people about it at parties. Ask your candidates what they're going to do about White House email security. Of course, suggest they read and follow the suggestions in the book.
As much as this might seem like a bit of shameless self-promotion, there's a much bigger message. Email at the White House is dangerously broken. If anyone's going to fix it, it'll most likely be one or more of you folks, the people reading this magazine.
Finally, if you think you can help publicize the book (and help us all work together to fix this serious Homeland Security problem) feel free to contact Denise Amrich at denise@ZATZ.com or (321) 722-4620. She's the point person promoting the book and helping people learn how to take action.