The biggest week of my life
ABC 166: On the calm before the storm of publishing a book
I love this photo. It’s from the day before I turned in the first draft of the book. I’d just cut up a chapter into little strips of paper and was moving them around on the floor like a cliché from a newsroom movie.
It’s still crazy to me that the book is about to be published. Three years ago, it was chicken scratch in my Notes app. Nine months ago, it was a Google doc. And two days from now, it will be a physical object in an airport bookstore.
I’ve learned a lot through the publishing process, but the lesson I feel most acutely today is that writing a book is a team sport. Though there’s only one name on the cover, dozens of people, including you, helped make this dream a reality. Thank you for reading this newsletter and for all the thoughtful replies over the years.
I’ll have some exciting things to share with you in a few days, so I’m not sending out an article this week. But as a reminder, you have 24 hours left to pre-order the book.
Wish me luck!
I was on’s podcast, Work Appropriate. Listen here.