Writing

11 Feb More thoughts from The San Francisco Book Review

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“In 2008, Michael Daugherty, CEO of LabMD, a private Atlanta-based cancer detection facility, received a call from Tiversa, a Pittsburgh-based data security firm, stating that they had obtained a 1,718-page patient health information file belonging to LabMD through a peer-2-peer (P2P) network. Tiversa wasn’t about to divulge any further information about its acquisition until LabMD bought into their unsolicited lawyer-fee services. Daugherty had no idea that his polite refusal to Tiversa’s assistance would lead to an investigation by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and thereby thrusting him into a nightmarish four-year journey Inside the Beltway – “an idiom used to characterize matters that seem to be important primarily to U.S. federal government officials, its contractors, lobbyists, and the corporate media who cover them, as opposed to the interests and priorities of the general U.S. population.” (Edited from Wikipedia)…”

Click here to read the full review by Anita Lock.

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06 Mar Extra Extra… Please be Willing to Read all About it!

Newspaper Boys on Capitol Steps 1912

My first draft of my book, The Devil Inside the Beltway, is finished. I need beta readers that are interested in helping me out. I would be forever grateful for your insight and helpful opinion. We are having a Google hangout on March 12th at 4 pm EST to discuss cybersecurity and small business, but if you can’t make that, I would still love to hear from you if you are interested in making sure this book is an exciting page turner from the first word. I am under one tight deadline! The book is going to launch May 30 in NYC at Book Expo America. If you are new to the “story-line”, my book is a TRUE story about a government funded group downloading our file and sending us requests to hire them but not answering our questions regarding how they got it. Turns out this group received funding to go on their cyberspree by the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, and NSA. That is just the beginning.

The book is meant to read like a novel taking the reader on a hopefully riveting tour of how the Federal Trade Commission, DC Lawyers, and US Congress play their games. With excruciating detail, please help me make sure that this book is, in fact, a riveting read and stinging indictment of the government’s overreaching moves to somehow control theThe Devil Inside the Beltway internet. I am asking for a ten day turnaround, with manuscripts distributed March 11 and responses due back March 24. If you have expertise or are interested in any of the following,  I would love to hear from you.: Public Policy and Government, Cybersecurity, Small Business, Law, Medicine, HIPAA, Fiction Cyber thrillers, Media, Government Overreach., Judicial Activism, IT, Hacking, Rogue law firms, and, last but not least, Data Security legislation and practices.  Please email me at mikedaugherty12@gmail.com.

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Michael Daugherty is President & CEO of LabMD, an Atlanta-based clinical and anatomic medical laboratory with a national client base. Mike founded LabMD in 1996 after 14 years in surgical device sales with U.S. Surgical Corp. and Mentor Corporation.

Outside of LabMD, enjoys playing tennis, travel, and flying his Cirrus SR22 Turbo single engine aircraft.

 

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The FTC is Suing Me…

Breaking News: U.S. Chamber of Commerce Publishes Article featuring LabMD and Michael J Daugherty    on Cyber Security  

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25 Feb San Francisco Writers Conference: Hangin’ with the Tribe

City Lights Bookstore taken by Michael J Daugherty

As I type this I am on a flight back from San Francisco to Atlanta returning from the 2013 San Francisco Writer’s Conference. This camp for authors sells out every year. 400 authors jog from hour long course to course reviewing everything from story development, blogging, book cover design, dealing with Amazon, self publishing, pitching agents, and just about anything else you can think of. What I enjoyed most was the supportive camaraderie among the panelists and attendees, ranging from first time authors, like myself, to New York Times Bestselling authors.

San Francisco Writers Conference

San Francisco Writers Conference

This conference was not only great for meeting new people and making new connections, it was a wonderful time for catching up with old friends. (Let the name drops begin) I was able to see my good friend Carla King, author of Self-Publishing Boot Camp , moderate an extremely informative discussion on self-publishing (or indie publishing as I was corrected to use multiple times) with a panel of experts on the subject. Included in that panel was  Stephanie Chandler, whose team I used for developmental editing. Stephanie is the founder of the non-fiction publisher Authority Publishing. In addition she has also written multiple books on marketing and sales. It was also a pleasure to see Rusty Shelton of Shelton Interactive, a brilliant digital marketing firm. A big thanks to him for giving me some invaluable advice. And of course I was delighted to see Rachel Thompson, author of two #1 Amazon Bestsellers, social media guru, and all around super person. Finally, Michael Larsen and Laurie McLean ran a great show. Their generosity of spirit can not be overstated.

The overall lesson I took away is that books are all about the reader. Education, entertainment, storyline, character development, and editing editing editing; it is my job to make sure that the reader enjoys the ride. I am working hard surrounding myself with people that know more than I do to bring my story to you in a way that will keep you wanting to read another page rather than go to bed. Sometimes it is a pleasure and other times it is overwhelming.

Just organizing all the contact information for the new people I met will take hours, not to mention their interesting stories! I can’t tell you how many authors have “truth is stranger than fiction” books in the cooker for you. I have not been blogging much because I have been in my dungeon writing the book and running the company during the day. I am lucky that I have such a good team of people at LabMD that can manage the day to day operations while I try to slay the government beast with the power of the pen. 

Guy Kawasaki speaking at SFWC

Guy Kawasaki speaking at SFWC

Regardless of how much blogging, tweeting, networking, interviewing, and advertising I might do, if the book isn’t good, those efforts will fall flat. The book has to be good because nothing sells books better than word of mouth. I loved going to the San Francisco Writer’s Conference. My tank is full again so I can return to the silence of my ideas and computer. When you read the book, tell me what you think and what you still want to know.  Help me bring you a good story. If you haven’t already, click on the Atlanta Business Chronicle story on my homepage at MichaelJDaugherty.com and watch your jaw drop.

 

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Michael Daugherty is President & CEO of LabMD, an Atlanta-based clinical and anatomic medical laboratory with a national client base. Mike founded LabMD in 1996 after 14 years in surgical device sales with U.S. Surgical Corp. and Mentor Corporation.

Outside of LabMD, enjoys playing tennis, travel, and flying his Cirrus SR22 Turbo single engine aircraft.

Mike can be found:

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24 Sep Writing in the Cotswolds

Trying to write a book while running a company and having the government knocking on your door calls for drastic measures. I needed to get the heck out of Dodge. Someplace in a different time zone would be nice. A place that is quiet and peaceful. A place where I can concentrate and execute. There is nothing like the English countryside in the fall to be inspired to write.

The good news: I found a beautiful cottage online via VRBO.com. I even scored an upgrade on Delta, so I slept all the way to London. The bad news: I also scored a tail-kicking cold. With two laptops (one for backup), binders, and research in tow, I also threw in a small pharmacy as I could feel my cold taking over my sinuses.

Still, after two days of power sleeping for 14 hour blocks and taking every cold remedy known to man, I think I am over the hump. I am now on Chapter 18, tentatively titled “Regifting is still expensive”, which is about another one of our seemingly endless and repetitive submissions to the FTC. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel to complete the manuscript. I would say a few boats will be rocking in the Potomac when this hits in December.

I just wanted to touch base, so this is a brief blog. Enjoy the beautiful photos of the main town of Chipping Campden in England. It is even beautiful when cloudy and rainy.

I have to get back to my desk now. Thanks for checking in.

Mike

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Michael Daugherty is President & CEO of LabMD, an Atlanta-based clinical and anatomic medical laboratory with a national client base. Mike founded LabMD in 1996 after 14 years in surgical device sales with U.S. Surgical Corp. and Mentor Corporation.

Outside of LabMD, enjoys playing tennis, travel, and flying his Cirrus SR22 Turbo single engine aircraft.

Mike can be found:

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Google+ Michael J Daugherty

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