As many of you know, I’ve been working on a book project for the last few years. Now I can finally announce it officially: Optionality: How to Survive and Thrive in a Volatile World is a thing that exists in the world!
UPDATE: If you’re reading this after the fact, the book is available now.
This is a synthesis of everything we’ve been thinking about here on the blog, and much more. I’m really proud of it, and excited to make it accessible to as many people as possible.
Briefly, the book lays out a strategy for not only becoming resilient to future shocks, but positioning yourself to profit from an unpredictable world: investing, insurance, social support networks, health and fitness, and skills, all viewed through the lens of making confident decisions under uncertainty.
It takes a village to write a book. I’ve tested some of the ideas here on the blog, and have benefited enormously from having readers give feedback on the structure, title, design, and early drafts.
It also takes a village to launch one. As a first-time author, I’m asking you, dear readers, for help in marketing the book and spreading it to communities and groups that would benefit from it.
Are you in the media? Do you have a blog/podcast/email newsletter, or know someone who does? Can you think of an influential person who would love this book? Please fill out the form below and let me know if you can help out.
If you don’t have a platform of your own, I still need your help!
The make-or-break factor for getting momentum behind a book launch is collecting enough early Amazon reviews. My goal is to have 50 honest reviews within a week of launching. On that basis, I’m going to send out free copies to anyone who wants to help out, roughly a month before the public release.
Bonus points if you can also copy the review across to Goodreads, and post something to Twitter/Facebook/Reddit/Instagram mentioning the book is live.
Here’s what I can offer anyone who joins the Launch Squad:
- Kindle or Epub advance copy a month before anyone else sees it
- Paperback delivered to you after the launch
- Insider updates on progress along the way
- If you write a review on your own website, I’ll link to it from Deep Dish
- MY UNDYING GRATITUDE
There are only a limited number of places, so it’s first-in, first-served.
I’m looking for people who are fairly confident they’ll have time to read the book before launch (or enough of it to leave a review) and are enthusiastic about helping out. If that’s not you, no worries at all.
Launch is tentatively scheduled for mid-November. Let’s go!
UPDATE: all the spots for early reviewers are filled! Thanks. If you have a blog/media outlet/podcast, feel free to email me directly if you want to get involved.
I strongly suggest you upload some videos on youtube…I started reading the book and I find it amazing.
I usually search on youtube some Tedtalk like or video interviews about the book when I am on the beginning chapters and…nothing there
Video is not really my forte, but that’s a good idea. I think a couple of people are doing video reviews/summaries, so hopefully they’ll pop up on YouTube soon.
I look forward to buying lots of copies.
these words will be sacred because they were made in God’s words’ image. Like the bible, folks will be quoting this book for decades!
Yes! just as it was written (see John: 7 11)
*some graffiti I saw while I was sitting on the john at a 7-11
That’s a dope-ass book cover, who designed it?
Original concept was mine, but I hired Mexelina to make it look super fly!
Can’t wait to read it! Your blog has been influential in my life in so many ways.
Thanks Gwyn, very glad to be of service!