In May of this year, I was on an edition of The New York Times’ TechTalk Podcast. I discussed my second book, The Next Wave of Technologies. At the end of the show, the host asked me, “What’s next? Another book?”
I responded with something along the lines of, “I can’t imagine doing another one but, knowing me, I’ll probably do it again. It’s kind of like a woman having a child. Immediately afterward, she can’t imagine repeating the experience. After a few years, though, you realize that the kid is pretty cute and you want another one.”
So much for a few years.
Armed with way too many opinions, an inability to sleep more than four hours at a time, and mad typing skillz, I got to work. Today, after five months of dedicated time, a package arrived in the mail. No surprises here. It’s the proof of The New Small, my third book.
I did this?
For someone who writes and talks so much, it’s ironically kind of hard to describe that initial feeling when I first hold one of my books in my hand. To be sure, there’s some degree of pride, tinged with a little bit of disbelief, as in “I did this?”
Evidently, I did. I had plenty of help. I’ll post a proper thank you to Team Simon shortly, along with information about when and where you can purchase the book.
I’ve read before that writing a book is an inherently selfish act. Perhaps it is. I can say, however, that this particular book was a very personal project. I was involved in every facet of the book’s production. I chose the partners. I picked the title, price, cover image, editor, production person, printer, etc. I had no massive publishing apparatus helping me–or holding me back.
In a way, it’s surreal. As someone who’s constantly reading (and has been for many years), I have a great deal of reverence for the physical book. I know first-hand about the time, dedication, and toil required to create something from scratch. While the Internet has no doubt made research easier, writing what I think is a very good book is certainly not easy.
What say you?
Congrats! So exciting and quite the accomplishment! I’m so looking forward to having my own copy. 🙂
Best wishes for successful sales,
Yay Phil! Awesome accomplishment! Congratulations and I can’t wait to read it!
Congrats, Phil…one piece of strangeness to report: When viewed from RSS in my copy of NewNewsWire for Mac, the picture comes out backwards!
I look forward to reading it, provided I get a copy with the proper “orientation” 😀
Congratulations! I can’t wait to see #4.
A super feeling. And unlike a kid, you don’t have to get up in the middle of the night to change a diaper…
Thanks, all. I appreciate the comments. Books will go out shortly.
Hey Phil! I love this post! Your pride and awe regarding the act of creation are wonderfully expressed. Like the others, can’t wait to read the book!
YEAH BABY! Pride rocks, congrats my friend…excited to hold my own copies soon!
rock on! congrats.