I wrote Minority Tech for a variety of reasons. You can read them on the first page of the book. When I thought about publishing a collection of essays on various topics (i.e., an essay anthology), I realized that many people wouldn't "get it". I'm an avid reader, and I have enjoyed several essay anthologies. However, many people simply want a novel with a clear beginning, middle, and end. Minority Tech ain't a novel. It was never intended to be.
One of the people I asked to review the book confirmed the fact that many wouldn't "get it" when she wrote to me right before I launched Minority Tech:
Despite the fact that she dissed my book, I was happy to receive her feedback! In fact, this is what I wrote in response:
She is still someone I consider a friend, and I support her entrepreneurial endeavors.
I shared this exchange to let anyone reading this who is letting fear of negative feedback stop them from completing a project. Don't let negative feedback stop you. In fact, it's vital to your success. Negative feedback is just one person's opinion. Just because that person didn't get your project doesn't mean that others will also not get it. Minority Tech has allowed me to do a fun book tour, speak at conferences, get interviewed, and be published in various books and periodicals. I have also made a nice chunk of change from it. However, this is because I worked hard to champion the project, market it, and associate it with my personal brand. If, instead, I had scrapped the project or distanced myself based on negative feedback, I would have missed out on a lot of benefits.
So, ain't everybody gonna "get you". Don't let that stop you. The worst case scenario is that you get valuable feedback that will help make your next project even more awesome.
By the way, if you want a great book about technology that is presented in novel form, then I strongly recommend The Phoenix Project. I got a signed copy from Gene Kim at Puppet Conference, and it's a great read.