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.