TL;DR: You can pre-order my book now.
“Fall of 2020.”
That’s what the very nice editors at the very nice, leftist publisher told me when I asked about a publishing date. And I’m not being sarcastic when I call them nice. They really are. And it would’ve been an honor to publish my book with them. But I can’t wait until Fall of 2020. We’re in trouble now.
Publishing has two speeds. It’s either incredibly slow or incredibly fast. And the latter is reserved for ghost-written books by former members of the Trump administration. And I imagine that category may be a little busy to move as fast as it usually does.
The quickest way to get this book in your hands was through Amazon. Yes, I’m well-aware they have their own issues, but I believe the good this book can do out in the world outweighs those concerns. Am I justifying? You bet.
The book will be released on April 12. It’ll be released in paperback and on the Kindle. For some reason Amazon won’t let you pre-order the paperback, but it will let you pre-order the Kindle.
So here’s where I need your help. Those pre-orders matter. So if you’re going to get the Kindle version, I’d absolutely love it if you could see your way to pre-ordering it. Then it magically shows up on your device (including Kindle apps on your iPhones and iPads) on the 12th. Like magic.
Then, if you feel moved by it — and I hope you are — tweet about it, post about it, tell your friends about it, buy as a gift. Help me get this message out.
As an excerpt, I want to share the last thing I added to the book, which I wouldn’t have been able to do if the book was going through a typical publisher with a longer lead time:
On March 15, 2019 a white supremacist opened fired on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand during evening prayer service. He murdered fifty people. He was wearing a camera and live-streaming his act of terror. The video went viral across multiple platforms, despite a public outcry to take it down. The platforms were doing exactly what they were designed to do: spread, sensationalize, and drive engagement. As teams across the major platforms attempted to eradicate the video from their service they found how out how difficult it is to get a system to stop doing what it’s been designed to do. Facebook alone had to remove it 1.5 million times in the first 24 hours. This shouldn’t have been a shock. After all, they were the ones who designed it that way.**
See? We can’t wait until Fall of 2020.
Take care of each other. Hold each other. Look out for those who need love and kindness.
** The emailed version of this newsletter contained two errors: It listed one mosque and forty-nine murders. I’ve corrected it here, and deeply regret the error.