Wednesday, March 25, 2020

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GenTech by Dr. Rick Chromey - Book Tour + Giveaway

We are uniquely shaped by innovations that influenced us during our "coming of age" years between 10 and 25.

It is the technological interactions in our adolescence and college
years that guide our generational frames more than anything else, not the day we were born.We are generations of technology. We are GenTech.

- Dr. Rick Chromey


Join us for this tour from Mar 23 to Apr 3, 2020!


Book Details:

Book Title:  GenTech: An American Story of Technology, Change and Who We Really Are by Dr. Rick Chromey

Category:  Adult Non-fiction 18 yrs +,  328 pages

Genre:  History / Cultural & Technical History

Publisher:  Morgan James Publishing

Release date:   May 26, 2020

Tour dates: Mar 23 to Apr 3, 2020

Content Rating:  G : This is a non-fiction book about our technical history and how it has shaped our culture.



Book Description:
Every twenty years a new generation rises, but who and what defines
these generations? And could current generational tags mislead and miss
the point? In this insightful analysis of technology history since 1900,
Dr. Rick Chromey offers a fresh perspective for understanding what
makes a generation tick and differ from others. Within GenTech,
readers learn how every generation uniquely interacts with particular
technologies that define historical temperament and personality and why
current generational labels are more fluid than fixed, and more loopy
than linear. Consequently, three major generational constellations
emerge, each containing four, twenty-year generations that overlap,
merge, and blend:
  • The Audio Generations (1900-1950)
    Transportation-Telephone Generation (1900-1920), Motion Picture 
    Generation (1910-1930), Radio Generation (1920-1940), Vinyl Record 
    Generation (1930-1950)
  • The Visual Generations (1940-1990): Television 
    Generation (1940-1960), Space Generation (1950-1970), Gamer Generation 
    (1960-1980) and Cable Television Generation (1970-1990)
  • The Digital Generations (1980-2000): Personal 
    Computer-Cell Phone Generation (1980-2000), Net Generation (1990-2010), 
    iTech Generation (2000-2020), and Robotics Generation (2010-2030). Dive 
    in and revel in this exciting, compelling, and novel perspective to 
    understanding recent American generations with GenTech


Official Scheduled Release Date is May 26, 2020.

Pre-Order Now:

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Book Trailer




Author Interview
QuestionWhere did you get the idea for your most recent book?

AnswerI knew it was a story--a distinctly American story--that needed to be told. Thankfully, I found a great publisher who felt the same. My book "GenTech: An American Story of Technology, Change and Who We Really Are" is a work I've been researching, speaking on and writing about since the early 1990s...nearly two decades! I've been studying generations, at least, that long. The idea for GenTech particularly came to me almost a decade ago when I was working on my doctorate and studying cultural change. In that work, I posited a theory that certain technologies (I call them "mega techs") have the ability to rearrange and reimagine cultural languages. In other words, they change how we communicate, socialize, learn, worship, transact and labor. A few years ago I started to consider how technology (like music)--particularly the tech that we "come of age" to between the ages of 10 and 25--give our generation its unique personality. We are part of the Radio or Television generations (not Boomers). Or the Space and Gamer generations (not Gen Xers). We are the Personal Computer/Cell Phone and Net generations (no Millennials). It was a better, more dynamic way of viewing American generations.
QuestionHow do you get inspired to write?

AnswerI wake up every morning inspired. I always have. My best thoughts and insights bubble in my sleep, sometimes even waking me up. It's why I do most of my writing in the mornings. By noon, I knock off and move to other things. I get inspired in my travels. Last week I was in DC and saw the U.S. Capitol. The architecture and history in DC inspired several thoughts for me this week (most of which I post to my Facebook friends). People also inspire me. I love biographies. I watch a lot of documentaries, history and human-interest television. I also read a lot in the same genre. I watch reality television for ideas. For me, everything is wrapped in a story or a metaphor or a visual. It's my job, as a writer, to find those stories, metaphors and visuals...then bring them to LIFE.

QuestionWhat are you currently working on?

AnswerWith my new book GenTech: An American Story of Technology, Change and Who We Really Are set for release in print on May 26, most of my writing is focused on blogging to draw attention to that book, and on writing content for workshops I am giving across the county on GenTech now. However, I'm always working on something. In 2020, I decided to test my poetry and songwriting skills. I'm working on an autobiography of my strange and crazy life. When I have time I working on a commentary for the book of Revelation (I'm a closet theologian) and testing a new book idea with a few of my closest friend.

QuestionWhat’s your advice for aspiring writers?

Answer:  Nobody lands the lunker trophy fish on their first cast (even though that's entirely possible!). You learn to fish by fishing. It takes time, patience, persistence and a desire to learn the lake and the fish you are fishing.  It's the same thing about writing. No one lands the big book deal on their first proposal. I wrote my first nationally-published book when I was 25 (and it was a modest best-seller in its field), but I had already written three self-published books by that time and several published articles. I landed the lunker early in my career largely by luck and studying the market (no one had written on that topic). A lot of writers ask me how do you get a contract? I say "self-publish" and blog until someone notices you've got something worth reading. If no one is following your blog (it happens), start a new one on a different topic. I post daily on Facebook SOMETHING that's inspirational, helpful, memorable or enjoyable (and it's not political!). I have two main pages, MANNA! Educational Services International (https://www.facebook.com/mannasolutions4U/) and GenTech (https://www.facebook.com/authorrickchromey/ that I feed with new material. (We also have a Twitter page, @MyGenTech2020, and Instagram @MyGenTech, and being active on platforms where writers hang out is important) Writers are always writing. You can't help it. If you didn't, you'd burst. If you aspire to write, you must first perspire to write. It's that simple.

Question:  What’s the best thing about being a writer?

Answer:  The opportunity to see the world. If you can write AND communicate (speak), you'll experience the world on someone else's dime. I've personally paid for very few trips in my life but have seen every state, several nations in Africa, Canada, Mexico, Sweden, Italy and Moldova (to name a few)...all paid by another person or organization. The more you travel, the more you have to write about too. It's a win-win.

Question:  How do you deal with writer’s block?

Answer:  I read. I experience (get outside). I look for inspiration in current events, biographies or history. More than anything, I just write SOMETHING. Most of the stuff I pen is throwaway, but in panning the dirt that's when the flakes of gold rise.

Question:  How do you manage self-care when sitting and writing for hours?

Answer:  I set a timer. If I am in a flow, and that timer goes off I know it is time to stand and walk. So I pick up my phone, choose my recording app and begin to talk away my thoughts as I walk, so I don't miss them. Then I go back and transcribe. I also drink a lot of water, as it keeps my brain functioning well. Another thing I love to do is walk in the grass in bare feet. It grounds me and keeps me moving forward. I am not a big exercise person, but I enjoy walking and meditation. Those things also assist me in managing that self-care piece.

Question:  What's next for GenTech?


Answer:  We are taking it on the road. Our plan is to do many book blog tours, and in-person bookstore events later in the year when the book comes out when is makes sense to move forward that way, and continuing to build out the speaking platform for the content. There is great demand for it, as we scramble to work well together with different ways of viewing life through technology, as well as educating younger people in the classroom about the importance of looking at who we are through the lens of technology and our coming of age years. Helping people move forward - helping our children move forward in a way that makes sense for a generation, not just basing it on the day we are born. There is also a workflow element to how we create teams in the workplace that I am teaching on, based on GenTech. The eBook is out now, and we have a bestseller party coming up on March 26th from 7-8pm EST, where it will be free on Amazon for one hour.



Meet the Author:  
Rick Chromey is a cultural explorer, social historian and generational
futurist. He’s also served as a pastor, professor, speaker/trainer, and
consultant. In 2017, he founded MANNA! Educational Services
International to inspire and equip leaders, teachers, pastors, and
parents. Rick has a doctorate in leadership and the emerging culture;
and travels the U.S. and world to speak on culture, faith, history,
education, and leadership topics. He has authored over a dozen books on
leadership, natural motivation, creative communication, and classroom
management. He lives with his wife, Linda, in Meridian, Idaho.

Connect with the Author: website ~ youtube ~ facebook ~ twitter ~ instagram


Tour Schedule:



Mar 23 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Mar 23 - Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight / giveaway

Mar 24 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway

Mar 24 - Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / giveaway

Mar 25 - Rockin Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Mar 25 - Celticlady's Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway

Mar 25 – The Irresponsible Reader – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Mar 25 - Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

Mar 26 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway

Mar 26 - Library of Clean Reads – book spotlight / giveaway

Mar 26 – Mystery Suspense Reviews – book spotlight / guest post

Mar 27 – The Avid Reader – book spotlight / giveaway

Mar 30 – Books and Zebras – book spotlight / giveaway

Mar 31 – T’s stuff – book spotlight / giveaway

Mar 31 - Sefina Hawke's Books – book spotlight

Apr 1 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway

Apr 2 – Books for Books – book spotlight

Apr 3 - Svetlana's reads and views – book spotlight / giveaway


Enter the Giveaway:








1 comment:

  1. Thank you for sharing this informative and interesting author interview. Gave plenty of food for thought.

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