About a year ago, I floated the idea of writing a book across my social media communities. You responded in ways I could never have imagined, nearly universally encouraging me and spurring me on.
There were of course also a handful of trolls. Like this one:
Ignoring the trolls and buoyed by your support, I marched on as the realities of writing a book and actually getting it published set in. I read up on agents, connected with editors, and sought advice from anyone willing to share it. I even cold emailed Jim Collins, who I found to be both incredibly responsive and incredibly insightful.
After a full year’s worth of effort, all I had to show were 20+ literary agent rejection letters, three failed book proposals, and the experience of having two publishing houses electronically laugh in my face. But I also had people like Nate Klemp reminding me that my writing didn’t totally suck and I had to keep trying. And I had stories. Lots of them. Real human stories about practicing medicine that still felt like they needed telling.
So today, I am incredibly proud to announce that I’ve signed an actual book deal, one where I write the book and someone else pays to bring it to life. I’m working with a spectacular editor at Big Eye Books and, if all stays on track, we expect to have Tiny Medicine in print and on bookshelves in the Fall of 2019.
While the journey isn’t over, this is a big milestone for me and I wanted to share it with you, my friends and connections who’ve unfailingly provided both honest, constructive feedback and constant motivation. Thank-you for being there – I am deeply grateful for your support. And if you’d like an update when we get closer to the pre-release, please drop your name and email in the form at the end of the post and I’ll make sure to touch base again next spring. [UPDATE – Book is now published and available online (https://www.amazon.com/dp/1733733507/) and at major booksellers around the nation, so I’ve removed the form, feel free to reach out via the contact page!]
Oh, and to “Major LinkedIN Troll” – and anyone else bent on putting and keeping people down – I have but this to say: