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I Signed a Book Deal!



On Friday, I officially signed a deal with the fine folks over at Wiley Publishing.

(This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy).

I’m going to be writing a book on franchising!

I remember when I called my wife at work and said, “Jeannine, I just got a call from the folks at Wiley Publishing. They want me to write a franchise book.”

Jeannine’s words; “I can’t believe it Joel. Amazing.”

That’s right, damnit! All the writing I’ve been doing on this blog, (over 1,000 posts) as well as on Small Business Trends, OPEN Forum by American Express,, and some others, is finally starting to pay off.

Did I mention…

All the time I’ve been spending on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, bizSugar, and other assorted social networking sites the past few years?

My wife and daughter have been really, really supportive, even though they don’t really understand why I’ve been spending most of my waking hours Tweeting, linking and basically connecting with lots of people like a crazed animal. (I guess they understand now, huh?)




Lots of them are going to be typed in this trusty keyboard

My keyboard

in the coming months. Lots. (Enough words to freak me out, a bit.)


Don’t worry, Lauren. (My editor and confidant at Wiley.) I won’t go over the edge.


One of the first folks I emailed was my friend, supporter, and fellow Clevelander, Jim Kukral. He was really happy for me, and he asked what I was writing about.

I told him that “I was going to be authoring a book about lake-effect snow.” (I’m still not sure if he liked my sarcasm there, or not.)

I shared as much as I could about this new project with 30 or so folks in my immediate circle during the past month, and waited until last Friday before I started to publically announce it.

The first folks who heard about my book deal were my newsletter subscribers. I feel that if you’re going to agree to allow my newsletter into your email inbox once a week, that it should be worth a little something extra.

This blog post serves as my official announcement.

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My book is going to be about franchise ownership…or rather how to go about choosing and researching a franchise business, so that the experience of owning a franchise can turn out to be profitable and enjoyable.

It’s time for a straightforward guide on choosing and researching a franchise to be written. Right?

Actually, I’m going to rephrase that….

It’s time for some franchise truths. I’ve been telling it like it is for several years now. I’ve tried to protect would-be franchise owners from losing their money in lousy franchise concepts. I’ve had no problem calling out franchisors that have had a history of selling franchises to people that they never should have.

I can’t stand when hard-working people are taken advantage of.

I’m going to write the book that should have been written a long time ago. I’m going to show people how to buy a franchise in such a way that it will be really, really hard for them to fail in the franchise business they end up choosing.

I’m going to help prospective franchise owners not lose money. Damnit.


I’m working on a title for the book now. I want it to be just right. I’m going to be working on the cover, too. But mostly, I’ll be writing. Of course, I’ll be writing, too. And writing….



Become a Franchise Owner!

The Start-Up Guide to Lowering Risk, Making Money, and Owning What You Do


Please click the Facebook Page below that was created just for the book.

And give it a like!

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Finally, thank you for helping to make this possible. If you didn’t read my blog posts, my rants, my op-eds, etc. , then this book deal would have never happened. Wiley Publishing isn’t interested in signing on authors that don’t have an audience…a platform.

Again, thank you!


Feel free to Re-Tweet this post. Like it on Facebook. Stumble it on Stumbleupon. Promote it on LinkedIn. Bookmark it on bizSugar.

However you want.

I can handle the pressure.


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I'm The Franchise King®, Joel Libava. I help prospective franchise owners avoid bank account emptying mistakes.
For 23 years, I’ve been showing people how to make smart, informed decisions on franchises to buy, and I can help you, too!
P.S. I'm not a franchise consultant/broker.

Joel is Highly Principled
There are many people in the franchise business who claim to to be experts in the field. Unfortunately many of them lack both knowledge and integrity. Joel, however, is without question one of the most qualified and principled people I know, in or out of his industry."
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