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Publication Schedule? Nah, I'm merely a lowly author.
September 7, 2017
Another unexpected aspect of being a new author has manifested itself recently. Namely, the complete lack of knowing what to expect is going to happen, and when.
Seriously, I have no idea, for example, when the book is actually going to come out. What I know is right off the CRC Press website, which says 9/26/17.
Nobody tells me anything. Here is an example from yesterday. I open my inbox, and I find this:
(removed email addresses to prevent doxxing my publisher)
The "from" email entry was completely unfamiliar and botlike, and in fact, the only two reasons I didn't just mark it as junk were that: (a) it mentioned Rich, who is indeed my publisher; and (b) the "Dismal Discipline" is a phrase I coined a while ago to describe the field of Information Security, and is indeed the title of one of the chapters of my book.
Anyway, the link indeed leads to a legit site which now hosts that very same chapter as a preview of the book (find it through here). As a side note, do I need to tell you it's a wonderful chapter and you should totally go read it? of course I don't.
All cool, right? except I truly had no idea this was coming. There was no heads-up, such as "hey, Barak, we're about to post a chapter from your book online, in case you want to let people know".
But I have come to learn that this is how it works. For example, when the pre-order entry went up on Amazon, all the way back in February, I had no idea that it happened. It took one of my very good friends and colleagues, Elaine Tan, who when she met me for lunch gave me a big hug and shouted "congratulations!" , to clue me in. As in, I looked at her quizically and asked "for what?", which is when she looked at me even more surprised and said "your book is on Amazon!", which in turn took me by such surprise that I couldn't talk for a few seconds.
So yes, everyone: I have no idea when it's actually going to be out, when I'll have an actual physical copy in my paws, or even if it's at the printers already. I don't have a say on pricing either, but from the feedback I'm getting, the book is beyond worth it. Don't believe me? read the foreword and endorsements. There are a bunch of reviews coming as well.
And to the well-meaning but misguided peeps who say "now you can retire"... see, as a first-time author, my publisher took enough risk to even let me through the door. They keep most of the money. That's how it should be. For one thing, they makes their money from book sales. I, on the other hand, make money from my actual day job, which is, you know, providing my advice and experience to EAmmune's customers - a job which benefits greatly from the book's publication.
Still, if lots of you buy this one and make it successful, then they'll want me to write another one, which is going to be just as fantastic, and I'll probably be able to negotiate better terms for it, too.