Yesterday, I launched a book. I went back through my email and my history with Leanpub to find out exactly when I started writing the book. It turns out, I created Developer Hegemony on Leanpub on May 2nd, 2015. So with completely unplanned symmetry, I launched the book exactly 2 years after starting.
The launch went as well as I could have hoped. Many thanks to all of you that tweeted, shared, purchased, reviewed, and just generally offered kind words and support. We ended day 1 with Developer Hegemony ranked in the top 50 in 3 different categories.
Not too shabby for something written on Leanpub and self-published!
But, as launch day becomes launch week and (hopefully) sales continue at a brisk pace, I’ve started to think about what comes next.
For my part, I’ve spent the last few years doing a combination of training developers, assessing codebases, and doing IT management consulting. As you might imagine, this combination of activities led to a lot of time at client sites, and a lot of time on the road.
So these years have seen me traveling and working with clients by day. And then, by night, I wrote blog posts and a book in hotel rooms. I got a lot done.
But this gets to be a grind after a while. I can work all day and then also work in the evenings. In fact, I’ve done that for years. But, add to that 10+ hours per week of travel, constant packing and unpacking, cramming all bills and chores into tight windows of time, and tons of other little considerations, and you wind up needing a break.
Last Friday, I wrapped an extended travel engagement and came home. This morning, I launched a book 2 years in the works. Starting tomorrow, I have no book in the works and no plans to do traveling, open-ended, hourly consulting.
Instead, I’m going to start making some changes, and doing new, different things. I’m going to have different sets of priorities and new activities that focus on building businesses instead of just doing hourly labor. As I’ve heard others say, I’m looking to get away from simply trading hours for dollars.