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Got it: The New Small Is Out

Months of toil come to fruition.
Dec | 2 | 2010

Dec | 2 | 2010

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.


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  1. Terri Rylander

    Hey Phil,
    Congrats! So exciting and quite the accomplishment! I’m so looking forward to having my own copy. 🙂
    Best wishes for successful sales,

  2. Jill Wanless

    Yay Phil! Awesome accomplishment! Congratulations and I can’t wait to read it!

  3. Steve Putman

    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” 😀

  4. Rose

     Congratulations! I can’t wait to see #4.

  5. seth godin

    A super feeling. And unlike a kid, you don’t have to get up in the middle of the night to change a diaper…

  6. philsimon

    Thanks, all. I appreciate the comments. Books will go out shortly.

  7. Julie Hunt

    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!
    Julie    @juliebhunt

  8. Chef Tony

    YEAH BABY!  Pride rocks, congrats my friend…excited to hold my own copies soon!
    Street team…GO!

  9. jimbox

    rock on! congrats.


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