For the last month or so, an army of editors, proof readers, indexers, graphic designers and digital artists have been polishing my book on the SAP economy. This is my fourth book, and it’s the first time I have got to work closely with many of these creative artists. It feels good to support them as they continue to hone their craft.
The schedule calls for media review copies to be sent out Thanksgiving week, eBooks to be available on Amazon in mid December, and hard copies in January.
From book being largely written to eBook availability that is roughly 75 days. That compares very well to the 200+ days it took Wiley to make available my first book, The New Polymath. The economics of book publishing are also moving more in favor of the author (so it appears – I will know in a few months once I tally the income statement for this book). All this would suggest a promising environment for that creative community.
Having said that 75 days is still too long. With blogging technology we have seen how quickly content can be created and distributed. I have impatient, digital readers like Dennis Howlett who keep asking why it takes so long. Part of the challenge is business books still sell in bulk as hard copies. The laws of physics in that channel make the prep a parallel rather than a serial task and it also slows down the eBook process. And let me take the blame too for scope creep. The book was originally supposed to be a 150 page eBook only production. Now it is a 300+ page eBook, soft cover and hardcopy deliverable. I owe it to the 25 powerful case studies I have lined up to add the extra ink.
But Dennis is correct. In our fail-faster, agile world, authors and the creative community around them have to get faster. For the next book, I hope I can shrink the 75 days down to 30.