While this is not the perfect way to let everyone know about this very exciting news, I was informed that my book deal with Grand Central Publishing was announced yesterday in Publishers Marketplace (subscription required). So, in the spirit of this community and all of this not being possible without your loyal comments, insights and passions, I thought I would let everyone here know that Grand Central Publishing (part of Hachette Book Group USA) has signed me to a global book deal for a fall 2009 lead release on their Business Plus imprint.
Hachette is one of the largest book publishers in the world, and Grand Central Publishing is an awesome company. They are the good folks behind Jack - Straight from the Gut by Jack Welch and Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki. If you've never heard of them, Grand Central Publishing was formerly Warner Books, and is known for such bestsellers as Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird and Umberto Eco's The Name Of The Rose.
The working title is (obviously) Six Pixels of Separation. And here's how Publishers Marketplace describes the book:
"Six Pixels of Separation will teach entrepreneurs and individuals how to have a global audience and consumer base in a world where we’re all connected (almost all of them free). The book will focus on how technology is empowering individuals to build personal brands that will rival the biggest of corporate brands, and how all business owners can now leverage the global community to connect, share and grow. The book is named after Joel’s very successful Blog and Podcast by the same name."
You can well imagine how excited we all are over here at Twist Image. I'll be discussing the book and calling on your help in the coming months, but rest assured that my regular publishing of Blog postings and the Podcast will not be interrupted. I’m honoured and humbled to be working with Grand Central Publishing on Six Pixels of Separation. And, without this sounding like an Academy Awards show, none of this would have been possible without the help of my literary agent (big thanks Jim!).
A more formal mass media press announcement should happen next week. Until then... I gotta write.