Category : About the Book

Critics & Readers Discuss Digital Outcasts

November 30th, 2013 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Critics & Readers Discuss Digital Outcasts

I researched Digital Outcasts over a period of five years and wrote the first draft in six months. I then spent another six months editing and reshaping, working with a team of scientific reviewers, appointed project managers and editorial consultants, future-proofing the text to my publisher’s satisfaction. When I finally released the final draft of […]

Digital Outcasts at World Future 2013

July 24th, 2013 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Digital Outcasts at World Future 2013

Promoting a book can be an exhausting series of lows and highs. I experienced both within the span of one hour at World Future 2013 in Chicago last weekend. My session was scheduled to start at 6:30 PM on Saturday, with a “Meet the Author” book signing immediately following at 7:45 in the conference bookstore. […]

Summer 2013 Appearances

July 4th, 2013 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Summer 2013 Appearances

Haven’t had much to say in this space lately, since the book is out and promotion has slowed a bit. I have to say, for the most part feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. I’m particularly gratified by the kind words of one reader, who assured me that I “absolutely nailed what it’s like for parents […]

Toronto Accessibility Meetup May 29

May 23rd, 2013 by Kel Smith | 2 comments

For those of you in the Toronto area, I’ll be doing a “Digital Outcasts” session on Wednesday May 29 at 7:00 PM. The fine folks of Toronto Accessibility and Inclusive Design will be holding the meetup, with the fine folks at Devlin providing the venue. I’ll be raffling off free copies of the book as […]

Digital Outcasts on Technical.ly

May 16th, 2013 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Digital Outcasts on Technical.ly

The fine folks at Technically Philly have graciously allowed me a Guest Editor slot to speak about the book. It is always an honor to share touching, amusing and insightful stories of people with disabilities: a teenage music prodigy with a traumatic brain injury, a successful stand-up comedian with cerebral palsy, an employment agency that […]

Raffling Off “Digital Outcasts” at STC Summit 2013

May 3rd, 2013 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Raffling Off “Digital Outcasts” at STC Summit 2013

The wonderful folks at AccessAbility SIG will be raffling off copies of my book at the upcoming STC Summit in Atlanta! I won’t be there, but you’ll get a chance to meet the wonderful Karen Mardahl, who besides being a terrific person was also instrumental in helping me shape the narrative of the book into […]

Podcast Interview with Karo Caran of “The Joy Cast”

April 20th, 2013 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Podcast Interview with Karo Caran of “The Joy Cast”

I spent a wonderful two hours the other day lost in conversation with Karo Caran, founder of The Joy Cast podcast series and herself a published author. We discussed many things related to the life experience, discovering that we share similar attitudes regarding our place on this here planet. You can listen to the interview […]

Digital Outcasts Now Available

April 19th, 2013 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Digital Outcasts Now Available

It took me nearly five years of research, two years of pitching to publishers, three months with an editorial consultant to craft the proposal, three different acquisition editors, six months of writing, seven content reviewers, one editor and three months of revisions … but Digital Outcasts is finally available in both print and e-book formats. […]

Digital Outcasts at SXSW Interactive

March 2nd, 2013 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Digital Outcasts at SXSW Interactive

If you’re one of approximately 25,000 interactive professionals who annually descend upon Austin for SXSW, this year I’ll be joining you. The session takes place on Tuesday, March 12 at 3:30 PM and is located at the Austin Convention Center. My presentation will explore “bootstrapping” topics related to the book, as well as a few […]

Digital Outcasts Presentation at CSUN 2013

February 23rd, 2013 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Digital Outcasts Presentation at CSUN 2013

With the book now in production and scheduled for an April release, I’m beginning a little promotional tour of speaking engagements. First appearance is next week at the 28th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference in San Diego. Commonly known as CSUN, this is the largest North American conference dedicated to the advancement […]