After years of writing, researching, connecting and a bit of late night agonizing (at least in the last months of writing!) the Escape from Cubicle Nation book is finally ready to see the light of day. It hits bookstores today, Thursday, April 30.
I couldn’t help but use a picture of my son Joshua for this post, since he was about this age when I started this blog in October, 2005.
Holding him in my arms before a corporate client call one day, I had a gigantic charge of energy through my body as I realized that he picked up everything that I was feeling. At that moment, I made the decision to stop the corporate consulting side of my business and focus on coaching budding entrepreneurs full-time. That is what felt like the right thing to do, and when I thought about helping people who felt really stuck in corporate jobs, my whole body relaxed and I felt a quiet joy.
Little did I know from those humble beginnings that the ideas from the blog would end up taking the form of an entire book, published by a major New York publisher. Life certainly is an adventure, and I could not have done it without you!
Today, I will be celebrating the release of the book by:
- Sharing some videos from my dear readers who got early copies of the book
- Talking about the whole Escape from Cubicle Nation business and brand journey with Suzanne Falter-Barns at 10am PST/1pm EST (Join us here!)
- Posting updated news and reviews throughout the day as I talk with you and gather your impressions
- Encouraging you to spread the word! If you know of people who feel really trapped in their corporate jobs and could use some perspective and help, please let them know about the book. I appreciate it!
Here is the first video review, from one of my long-time and most supportive blog readers, Andy Pels (thanks Andy for the YEARS of hilarious comments and infectious enthusiasm!)
And another from the awesome Eileen, who goes into some great detail about what she connected with in the book:
My good buddy Jonathan Fields, who recently released a killer book of his own, Career Renegade (grab it, it’s great!) interviewed me about the book a few days ago.
If you haven’t yet gotten a copy, here is where you can pick it up:
Check back for more updates, impressions, and thoughts about the book from my readers.
I look forward to drinking in the day with gusto, and capping it off with some cupcakes to celebrate the birth of my latest little one.
Josh asked if we could make the book celebration his birthday party too.
Given his connection with this blog, I said “Absolutely!”
Happy birthday babies, may you continue to grow strong, happy and free.
More wonderful updates and reviews, as of 12:30pm PST, 4/30
Video recap here:
One of the smartest and funniest humans on the planet, Colleen Wainwright, aka Communicatrix, wrote a delightful review. She even abstained from cursing, which for her was like peanut butter without jelly.
Read Colleen’s review here.
My buddy Jay Thompson aka The Phoenix Real Estate Guy reviewed the book for his Realtor community here in Phoenix. I see Jay at every entrepreneur/social media event here in Phoenix, and he has proven that providing good advice, a strong network and quality content can make a business weather any economic storm.
Read Jay’s review here.
The lovely Pace of Pace and Keili wrote a detailed and heartfelt review, pulling out her favorite parts. And Pace delivered the speediest 2000-word review in one minute video I have ever seen.
Read Pace’s review here.
Sophfronia Scott of The Done for You Writing and Publishing Company (formerly The Book Sistah), who worked with me on the development of outline and book content (not to mention kept up my confidence in moments of panic!) gave a nice shout out to the book on her blog.
Read Sophfronia’s review here.
And I almost missed linking to an extremely generous review from my Jedi Knight Business Plan mentor Tim Berry, founder of Palo Alto Software, author, blogger and journalist. Tim really helped me with the business plan section of the book, and he has been a steady, supportive force in my entrepreneur circle.
Read Tim’s review here.
My dear friend and comadre, the hilarious and smart branding diva Nancy Marmolejo of Viva Visibility, interviewed me for a podcast about the book the other day. As I was talking with her, I had my abundance candle lit, eagerly calling in good vibrations for the book. Midway through a sentence, my smoke alarm went off, and I saw that the wrapper to my abundance candle had caught fire. After screams, dousing in water and much hilarity, we decided that working together will be a firey collaboration, overflowing with abundance.
I do admit, sheepishly, in this podcast that Guy Kawasaki is hot in real life. I say this with journalistic detachment; the man just has charisma.
Listen in to our conversation here.
Update: More reviews and videos 5/1
The communication-savvy Chris Quick (what a great name, sounds like a superhero, don’t you think?) did a wonderful review video, complete with captions. Just for the record, in case you haven’t read my book, the “puking in the gutter” references point to when I was pregnant. I will save my other puking in gutter references for the next book, perhaps written by a ghost writer.
The extremely wise and thoughtful leadership consultant Steve Roesler did a review of the book on his blog All Things Workplace. We have traded many blog comments and late-night emails, and I am always struck by both his insight into corporate life mixed with a truly compassionate heart. A rare and important combination.
Read Steve’s review here.
And speaking of late night chats for years on end, my very best British brother, challenger of thoughts and marketing deviant friend John Dodds of Make Marketing History details our sordid relationship in his review. I did meet him in person (finally) at South by Southwest and am now convinced that there is no reason not to have a picture on his blog. This annoys me to no end, to love what someone writes and not see his face, so if you can head over and tell John that you want to see his stiff British upper lip in the left-hand corner of his blog, I would appreciate it.
Read John’s review here.
Linda Vandevrede of Valley PR Blog must have inhaled the book, since she read the whole thing one day after getting it, and wrote a very generous synopsis this morning. She touted us Arizona authors with pride, citing fiction blockbuster Stephanie Meyer of Twilight fame. If I can get 1/25th of Stephanie’s bookselling mojo, I will never have to worry about how to pay for diapers again.
Read Linda’s review here.
Thanks everyone for your generosity of time and exceptionally kind words. It makes me feel fantastic that you are finding value and utility in the book!
Regular readers of my blog, you may notice big changes today! I finally made the Typepad to Wordpress transition. We are still working out some kinks and transferring post images, etc., but overall James and Harry from Men With Pens did a fantastic job. I really hope you like the new look! I feel like my words finally have some breathing room, and you can all get comfortable in the comments section. Kick back, enjoy, and I welcome any comments on the redesign.