Author Interview – Darcy Eikenberg
Stephanie: Hello, Darcy. Congrats on winning the BRAG medallion. Please tell me about your book, Bring Your Superpowers to Work: Your Guide to More Clarity, Confidence & Control.
Darcy: Thank you! I’m honored that “Bring Your Superpowers to Work” was chosen!
The book is a practical guide for anyone who’s successful “on paper”—good job, good company, good pay—but feeling less than successful on the inside. It’s filled with real-world, simple ideas to help you change your life at work without having to change everything in your life.
Stephanie: What genre does it fall under? And how long did it take you to write it?
Darcy: It’s a non-fiction business book in the career development and leadership space. However, I’ve had some people refer to it as self-help because of all the simple, practical actions and tools the book shares that any one of us can use in our work-life.
The book started as a series of posts on my blog, www.RedCapeRevolution.com. I wasn’t focused on writing a book, but an agent who had subscribed to my monthly email newsletter suggested I consider it. I started to work on a nonfiction book proposal to pitch the book in the traditional way, and soon realized I could spend that same time actually writing the book! I stopped focusing on the proposal and started focusing on the book, and it took me about four months from that point to finish writing and another five to complete the editing, design, and publishing process.
Stephanie: Is there a message in your book you want your readers to grasp? If so, please explain.
Darcy: The message of my book–and the theme of my ongoing writing at http://www.RedCapeRevolution.com–is that no matter what the state of the economy, your company, or your profession, you have all the tools you need to revolutionize your life at work–without having to change everything in your life.
It makes me sad when people start to believe that nothing can ever change for the better in their life at work. I’ve met so many people who think that way–it’s such a waste. That’s why I urge people to think back to when they were a kid–when you grabbed a towel or a sheet and flung it around your shoulders. You felt strong, confident–like you could do anything, right? What if you could feel that way every day at work? What might change in our companies, communities, and our world if we all started wearing our red capes again and bringing our unique superpowers to work?
Stephanie: Is this your first published book?
Darcy: Yes. I’ve published many articles and blog posts in the past, but this is my first book.
Stephanie: Was there any research involved?
Darcy: Yes, the work is based on thousands of hours of work with my coaching and consulting clients, and includes success stories from many of them. Since I also do quite a bit of public speaking, I tested these ideas with audiences during the writing process, and that also helped me see what ideas resonated and which needed work.
Stephanie: What inspired you to write your book?
Darcy: As an executive coach, I’ve had the opportunity to meet many people who seem extremely successful “on paper,” but who felt stuck and unhappy in their life at work. The traditional career advice of “find a new job” or “work harder to get a promotion” doesn’t work for these talented individuals who were often ashamed to admit they worried that they were wasting their life. To grow my expertise and to be of the most help to them that I could, I read many books on different career transition and growth strategies. But I found the advice in most career books either too academic and not applicable to today’s workplace, or too immature and naive of how to grow and succeed in the new world of work.
So I wrote the book my clients needed, and their successes–and now the successes of my readers–continue to inspire me.
Stephanie: What book project are you currently working on?
Darcy: I have a new e-book coming out in mid-October called “27 Days to Change Your Life at Work.” It will initially only be available free to members of my community who’ve signed up at www.RedCapeRevolution.com. Later next year it’ll be available for sale on Kindle, Nook, and iBooks.
I’m also researching topics for my next book, based on the problems and concerns I’m hearing from my clients about keeping more humanity, fun, as well as success in our workplaces. I welcome any stories from readers about what’s happening in their world of work–and what would help them change it for the better. You can email me directly at Darcy@RedCapeRevolution.com.
Stephanie: Where can readers buy your book?
Darcy: “Bring Your Superpowers to Work” is available in both paperback and e-versions on Amazon and B&N.com. You can also download it on iBooks. You can also buy bulk copies for team or client gifts directly from my team at book@RedCapeRevolution.com. It’s been a great present for corporate people to give during the holidays or as thank you gifts–one size fits all, and it’s fat free! 🙂
Stephanie: How did you discover indieBRAG?
Darcy: When I decided to publish independently, I searched for organizations who were supporting and advocating this business model in the marketplace. indieBRAG was one I’ve followed, and we submitted my book for submission. It’s an honor to be one of a growing number of non-fiction works recognized there, and I look forward to reading other Medallion books soon!
Thank you, Darcy!
In addition to her coaching work with executives and leaders, Darcy founded career and success site RedCapeRevolution.com as a way to help successful professionals at all levels discover their “superpowers” and make a bigger difference in the new world of work. Her book, Bring Your Superpowers to Work: Your Guide to More Clarity, Confidence and Control is available on Amazon and BN.com. You can download a free chapter and explore more free tips and tools at RedCapeRevolution.com.
Darcy is a popular speaker on career and leadership issues, working with organizations such as the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), and the Risk Management
Society (RIMS). She’s been quoted in the Harvard Business Review, CNN.com,
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Modesto Bee, and CareerBuilder.com among others.
Darcy is the past president of the Georgia Coach Association and earned her credentials through the
International Coach Federation. She graduated from Northwestern University and lives in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. She welcomes hearing from you and supporting your success.
A message from BRAG:
We are delighted that Stephanie has chosen to interview Darcy Eikenberg, who is the author of, Bring Your Superpowers to Work: Your Guide to More Clarity, Confidence & Control one of our medallion honorees at www.bragmedallion.com . To be awarded a B.R.A.G. Medallion TM, a book must receive unanimous approval by a group of our readers. It is a daunting hurdle and it serves to reaffirm that a book such as, Bring Your Superpowers to Work: Your Guide to More Clarity, Confidence & Control merits the investment of a reader’s time and money.