After many months (years!) of talking about writing a book, it is finally a reality. I am delighted to announce that Penguin Portfolio/Berkley will be publishing both a hardcover and paperback version of Escape from Cubicle Nation. It is scheduled for publication in the Spring of 2009.
The book will be a comprehensive guide for making the transition from corporate employee to entrepreneur. It will cover not only the nuts and bolts of starting a business, but also guidance on how to get through the fear and anxiety that accompanies the process. Just the kind of stuff we talk about here on the blog!
Portfolio is the home to such great business books as Purple Cow by Seth Godin and The Art of the Start by Guy Kawasaki. It is headed by Adrian Zackheim who has edited some of my favorite books like Good to Great by Jim Collins, The Dilbert Principle by Scott Adams and The HP Way by David Packard.
My editor will be Emily Rapoport, who is one of the smartest, most encouraging and savvy people I know. I feel very lucky to work with her. She is the one who championed this book and made it happen inside Penguin.
My killer agent Joelle Delbourgo, who made the leap herself from corporate to entrepreneur a number of years ago, walked me through the totally foreign and sometimes daunting process of writing my first book proposal. I truly could not have done it without her, and I am so grateful for her expert guidance.
I can’t avoid an intolerable academy award-like acceptance speech since I have so many people to thank for getting this far, so please bear with me!
- My coaching clients not only read my blog religiously, but part with their hard-earned cash to work with me. I am truly humbled by their bravery and honored to have worked with each and every one of them. Getting into the deep, personal issues that the transition from employee to entrepreneur entails is not always easy. As a coach, I know I don’t have all the answers, so the search for what works, and doesn’t work, has shaped what I think needs to go in the book.
- Fellow authors Bob Walsh, Ramit Sethi, Garr Reynolds, Andy Wibbels, Glenda Watson-Hyatt, Matthew Scott, Sophronia Scott, Andrea Lee and Suzanne Falter-Barns, my mentor and inspiration for building platform with this blog, have all been incredibly helpful and encouraging.
- Home girls and boys Marilyn Scott-Waters, Laura Back, Suzanne Babb, Philippa Kennealy, Lisa Evans, John Dodds and Robert kept me sane and made me laugh in moments of anxiety.
- Exceptionally kind and connected local Phoenix entrepreneurial mentors Francine Hardaway and Peter Burns welcomed me to a new city when I arrived from the Bay Area 4 years ago and made me feel at home.
- My Mom and bonus Dad Larry encouraged me to have fun and make time for myself, my husband and my kids while blogging up a storm.
- I got great early support for this blog from the uber wise posse of Seth Godin, Guy Kawasaki, Kathy Sierra, John Jantsch, Bob Sutton, Srikumar Rao, Rich and Jeff Sloan, and Hugh McLeod.
- Martha Beck and my coaching comadres Brooke Castillo, Meadow DeVor and Michele Woodward are true sisters and make me proud of our profession.
- The unwavering faith of the “Original 6” readers of my blog: my Dad Lewis, bonus Mom Dee, sister Gretchen, brother-in-law Gary and best buddies John Fritz and Desiree Adaway gave me an audience when no one else would listen.
- My husband Darryl is my biggest supporter and my kids are my creative muses. 21-year old Jeffery keeps me young and reminds me of the power of love. When Josh was 6 months old, I started my blog. Now Angela is 4 months old and I got a book deal. Coincidence? I think not. 🙂
But who do I really want to thank?
Thousands and thousands of you have sent emails, commented on posts, shared your personal stories, given feedback on surveys and outlines, sent interesting articles and URLs, linked to this blog and offered me really great advice and encouragement when I needed it.
This book proposal would not have sold, and this book will not get written without you!
Thank you so much for your generosity and support!
Would you like to help me write the book? Join the Escape from Cubicle Nation Advisory Council
I know that I am going to have lots of specific questions in the next 7 months as I write the book. So instead of driving all my blog readers crazy with a nitpicky posts every 5 minutes, I have created a special group, the Escape from Cubicle Nation Advisory Council. Those that join this voluntary mailing list will act as a source for things like:
- expert advice
- personal stories
- questions about the direction of chapters
- referrals to great resources
I would love a whole bunch of different kinds of people to join: corporate employees that are thinking about making the leap, other entrepreneur coaches, subject matter experts, new and seasoned entrepreneurs. Anyone and everyone is welcome.
You can jump off the list at any time by hitting the “unsubscribe” message at the bottom of each message. I will be clear what I am looking for in my email subject headers so that you can easily scan and delete messages that don’t apply to you.
What I would love is a list that I can send messages to in the spur in the moment, without worrying about people feeling spammed to death.
I will still ask for feedback from my blog readers, just on a less-frequent basis.
If you want to join this advisory council, enter your name and email here:
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That’s the story and I’m sticking to it!
After all this excitement, I have come to the realization that I now have to WRITE the book!
My Aunt Char, also known as Miss Beadle from Little House on the Prairie, sent me the following email after receiving three messages in a row from me yesterday about my excitement at the book deal:
“Yikes! That is fabulous. Now stop reading all these congratulations and get to work!”
Good thing there is a pragmatist in the family.
So I am off to the races. I am going to follow the advice of Bob Walsh, who tells me the only way to get it done is to write every day.
Let’s get started!