YES!

At the start of 2001, I quit my well-paid, high-status, no-heavy-lifting job as a San Jose Mercury News columnist and editorial writer to write a book on a start-up charter school. For awhile now, I’ve been wondering if I’d ever get the book published. Finally, after interminable delays and dithering, I have a publisher, Palgrave Macmillan. The advance is pathetically small, so if I make any money from the book it will come from royalties, which I’ll have to generate by relentless self-promotion. With the help of my blogger buddies, I hope. Anyone who’s a close personal friend of Oprah, drop me a line.

Of course, my first job is to finish the manuscript. It’s about 90 percent done now, I think. But that last bit can be like the last two minutes of a football game. I’ll still be blogging, but perhaps not so comprehensively.

I’m still a bit stunned. I’ve got a real, big-name publisher. Soon I’ll have a deadline (I love deadlines) and School Work: How Two Grumpy Optimists Started a Successful Charter School will have a scheduled publication date and it will happen.

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Comments

  1. Congratulation Joanne, that’s way cool! Can’t wait to read it.

    chris

  2. Bleeding Brain says:

    Very exciting to have a big publisher on board.

    I will wait for the book with eagerness.

  3. Congratulations! I’m not Oprah, but I will buy your book when it comes out and promote it on my blog.

  4. Congratulations!

    And keep us updated…

  5. Eric Wilner says:

    It’s about 90 percent done now, I think. But that last bit can be like the last two minutes of a football game.

    Remember the 90-90 rule of project scheduling:
    The first 90 percent of a project takes 90 percent of the time; the last 10 percent takes the other 90 percent.

  6. kdoh_2000 says:

    Congratulations! I too will buy it, when it’s published. I’ll be glad to blog on it and include it in any teacher missives I send.

  7. Congradulations, that is excellent news!

    Here’s hoping the NEA and AFT make bulk purchases.

    Yours truly,
    Jeff Boulier

  8. congratulations! we’ll even be able to buy it on Amazon through your site 🙂

  9. You’re the coolest, Joanne. 😉

  10. Good for you, Joanne.

  11. PJ/Maryland says:

    Joanne,

    Congrats to Palgrave Macmillan, and good luck on your last 10%.

  12. Bluemount says:

    Congradulations. I hope your dedication is influencial in changing school for the better.

  13. Yay!

  14. Steve LaBonne says:

    Congrats and good luck with the remainder of the “birthing” process!

  15. Well done!

  16. Good for you!

    I’m looking forward to reading the book.

  17. Congratulations, Joanne! Best of luck in getting the book out. And hopefully, it will open the eyes of a few educators and policymakers.

  18. Congratulations indeed. By the way, you probably found a good home. Palgrave is well-respected in economic circles. Looking forward to the final product.

  19. Great news! Keep us posted on the rollout date.

  20. SteveLevy says:

    I’ll buy one! Keep up the fine work.

  21. Walter E. Wallis says:

    Now, all you need is a scandal. “I taught Scott Peterson how to read the tide tables?”

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    Congrats for Joanne Jacobs

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