Yes, glacial. That's the most accurate way to describe my pace of writing this book.
A few have voiced totally reasonable frustration.
One of you pointed out to me that I've been rather bad at communicating to everyone that, even though it goes slowly, the writing still goes.
Little Known Fact: Jurassic Park took Michael Crichton 8 years to finish. Just throwing that out there. I mean, c'mon. It sorta writes itself.
So, here's the latest:
- Writing: I am 50% through with the first draft. I guarantee a final first draft in your inbox by April 2014 (more on that in a second).
- Money: Of the $16k raised (after fees, etc.), I have $11k still sitting in the bank. $5k has so far been used on: books, trips for interviews, a great deal of a research assistant's time, and time in a hotel spent writing. I've been stingy on how I release funds to myself. Every penny spent has been spent toward this book.
Now's the more part. I'm going to offer you two choices. Two roads to walk down. A red pill and a blue pill. Here goes.
- First choice: Continue your support and graciously vote for my SXSW panel dedicated to the topics of the book. It will put my feet to the fire to finish and it will test my ideas in front of a high-bar audience. Then, sit back and get ready for that final first draft to come right after the event.
- Second choice: Say to hell with waiting and request a refund by emailing me, firstname.lastname@example.org with your Paypal address. No questions asked. But this is the only time I'll offer it. I'll give you a week's time to get back to me and will try to turn the request around within 48-72 hours.
So that's it. After all this time, I really do appreciate all the support (money and beyond) each of you have offered. I never intended for this project to stretch out as it has, but well, life found a couple ways to kick my own predictions to the curb.
The SXSW panel link does a decent bit of explaining the current direction of the book, so dig into it if you're curious.
Also, if you hadn't seen my slidehare on Digital Strategy 101, I think you'll dig it (and hopefully it pays back some of your original goodwill).