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The definitive, best of collection of provocative and inspiring short essays by bestselling author Scott Berkun.

I've been writing popular short essays for over a decade. My work has appeared in The Economist, The Washington Post, BusinessWeek, Harvard Business, The New York Times, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Wired magazine, and many pieces have been popular online for years.

In my upcoming book Mindfire, for the first time I've put together a definitive, best of collection of my short work.  The book's theme is intelligent provocation. Inspired by what Voltaire, Emerson and Thoreau did for their day, I'm taking up the charge in the present. These are big ideas, expressed with passion, humor and concision. 

While you can likely find these essays online, they've been revised edited, cleaned, and carefully curated together for the best possible reading experience, one impossible to get online. This is the best material and format for exploring how I think about life and the world. 

If you've read one of my books, and wanted to see me apply that same mind to wider territory, this is the book for you. 

The book is set to officially launch the first week in October, 2011.

I'm proud to offer this as my first self published book. I hope you'll put your name down as a supporter to ensure you get the book as soon as its out, and to signify you'd like to see me continue to produce more good works in the future.

Thanks for all your support. 

If you want to make sure you're notified when the book is out join this list.

-Scott

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  • I've been writing for over a decade - nearly 1200 articles, essays and short works. This is the definitive collection of my best, compiled into a curated, loved, delicious to read edition. While you can find many of these works on the web, you won't find them in a form as easy to read and carefully edited as Mindfire.

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  • The book includes references and background on each essay that's not available anywhere else. In addition there's an epilogue explaining my writing process, my inspirations, where the title came from and other behind the scenes details.

    As you've come to expect, there is also an entertainingly bizzare and entirely new colophon experience

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  • Yes. I know I want to write books it will be hard to find publishers for. I decided to self publish this book so I can learn how to do it myself, both for my own authorial aspirations but so I can teach others how to self publish too.

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    NEW: Due to demand I'm offering 3 more of this popular prize. You will get 5 copies of the print or digital edition of the book + I will write an essay or blog post on the topic of your choice, linking to you and your blog. Add $10 for international shipment. Pledge before 9/1 and your name will be in the book acknowledgements.

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    You'll get 5 copies of the print or digital edition of the book + a one hour Skype chat, where you, or your team, can use my brain however you wish. I can give you advice on work, start-ups, creativity, philosophy, writing, it's up to you. And you can gift the hour to anyone you choose. Pledge before 9/1 and your name will be in the book acknowledgements.

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    You will get 25 copies of Mindfire + I will fly to anywhere in the U.S. to deliver a live lecture on the topic of your choice, to the crowd of your choice. International locations will be considered but not guaranteed. Scheduling will be based on my availability, but can be arranged well in advance. Pledge before 9/1 and your name will be in the book acknowledgements.

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