In our handsJanuary 14, 2007
release of the book is in my hands! It arrived late Friday.
The book contract sets aside copies of the book for the authors. Lori called me late in the afternoon to tell me that 2 boxes from Wiley Publishing had just been delivered. When I got home, we shared a fun family moment as we opened the first box and each grabbed a copy. My 11-year old son, Ben, was kind enough to read a chapter tonight, but he refuses to post a review until he reads the whole thing :)
I have to say, I'm immensely pleased. Wiley and Jossey-Bass did a fantastic job assembling the final version. The galleys did not prepare me for how nice the release would be. A simple example is the back cover, which was just plain text in the galley version. The new and improved back cover and spine really tie the whole look together. The final size and paper are just a touch different, but great improvements as well. And most importantly, the content incorporates the last two rounds of edits and is much more pleasant to read because of it.
If it's in our hands, that means it's only a matter of time before it's in yours. I look forward to hearing your feedback and reading through the first reviews!
Having the finished book arrived immediately made me think about how this process began. Through the greatness of Gmail, I quickly found the original, innocent email that started it all.
It was from Naked Conversations co-author Shel Israel, who had just posted an interview with me on his book blog.
"My acquisitions editor—Jim Minatel at Wiley would like to talk with you about a book idea he has." That was on April 20, 2005. I never could have imagined the implications of that simple sentence, and that nearly two years later there would be a completed book. Thanks once again to Shel, Scoble and Jim for making this possible!