Update (October 2021): it's fair to assign a new hashtag: #ChallengeNOTaccepted.
I've draft-written seven chapters by now (published 6), and there are also some companion chapters written — mostly fun stories to spice things up — but I'm not nearly ready to release the complete book yet. Not even a third into the 25-chapters, not to mention all the extra ideas that came up during the writing process.
Life. Life happened. I'm not going to make excuses for not following through with my self-determined timeline. I just didn't. But I'm not giving up. This book is still in my writing pipeline, and it's very much alive. I'm living it every day. And I'll continue doing so until I feel ready to publish.
By removing the pre-order title from my Amazon Kindle page, Amazon is punishing me by not allowing me to list another book for a pre-order for at least another year. It's something I'll need to live with. Apologies to all of you who pre-ordered the book. You haven't been charged anything — pre-orders are charged at the release date, so don't worry.
I'll keep collecting material, writing, adding and removing chapters, interviewing leaders, and keep learning until I'm ready to release the book that I won't be ashamed of publishing. This can't be another shitty first book.
From impostor to leader: becoming the boss you'd like to work for.
Last week I pre-announced my 2nd book.
Today, I'm proud to say it's available for pre-orders in the Amazon kindle store :
About the #ChallengeAccepted book:
#ChallengeAccepted is a guide, a handbook for helping people navigate their ways from the first-time manager to a leader, written in a way to become that buddy we all need(ed) but were afraid to ask.
The outline is at least 25 chapters' worth of ideas. They're easily digestible for someone who wants to get some quick tips, so they are in the ballpark of around 1500 words — that’s five minutes of reading or about the attention span of a typical sales manager.
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Writing in public
While I wrote my first book more or less in secret, I'll pivot to writing in public this time. This means I'll share the drafts of most of the outlined chapters here on my site — and you get to comment, discuss, influence, and design the final chapters! How to take part? —Simply subscribe to my newsletter here, as the chapters will be open to subscribers only (it's free!).
If you pre-order the kindle version of #ChallengeAccepted , you'll get the book automatically delivered to your Kindle device/app at the release date. My personal deadline is Saturday, November 13th, 2021. I'll be working out the writing timeline until the end of January, and I suspect publishing the book before the deadline.
When you outline the number of chapters and add an artificial constraint (1500 words), the calculation is easy even for a mathematically-impaired person like me.
So far, I've collected many war stories over a nearly twenty-year career in sales. I plan to write some of them obfuscating any personally identifiable data and add them as fun inserts between the "official" chapters. However, I'm not going to be sharing these during the writing phase. —They'll be a special treat for the book buyers ;-)
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