I Wrote a Book and It’s a Real Thing

I’m without words.

Which is ironic, since the reason I’m without words is that I’m now a published author. Like, I have a book with only my name on the cover filled with words I wrote, published by a real publisher.

I’m not boasting. Trust me on this. That’s not what I’m trying to convey here. I’ll try to put words to it:

I checked my mail tonight after getting back from a late game night, and I found several big boxes waiting for me. I knew what they were–they’re filled with advance copies of my book, A Crowdfunder’s Strategy Guide: Build a Better Business by Building Community.

I could have torn open the boxes right away, but I was hungry. I get grumpy when I’m hungry, and I didn’t want to open the box when I was hungry.

Then after dinner I had a bunch of e-mails to reply to. I figured the books could wait. I mean, I knew what was inside the box, right?

But what I didn’t realize is how damn good it feels to pick up the first printed copy of your first book and hold it in your hands. To feel how substantial it is–it’s 200 pages of stories, data, and lessons. To smell the freshly printed pages. And to see that you mentioned your cats in the author bio on the back cover and the publisher actually printed those words.

The book will officially release on September 14. If you want to pre-order it from my publisher at www.bkconnection.com before August 31, use the code 15KICK to get 30% off. Or buy it on Amazon. The book is geared towards crowdfunders, but if you’ve ever dreamed of making something, I think you’ll find a friend in these pages.

I’ve typed a bunch of words here, but I still feel like I’m without words. In a really, really good way. Maybe this photo will help to express the feeling (yes, those are happy tears brimming in my eyes):


21 thoughts on “I Wrote a Book and It’s a Real Thing”

    • Thanks Rupert! I particularly like the subtitle. Also, on the back of the book it says in big letters, “More Than Money.” The publisher thought of that, and I really like what it conveys about the spirit of the book.

  1. So very happy to see the finished product in your hands. I’m sure it will be valuable to other creators (and future ones also). I can’t wait to read it myself.

  2. Congratulations Jamey– you’ve worked so hard and have earned those happy tears! 🙂

    Did finally holding your first published book bring back memories of unboxing and holding the first copy of Viticulture?

  3. So awesome, it’s like giving life to something that will live with us forever. In the short to medium term while we still have crowd funding, and in the long term where crowd funding may/may not be thing, but will be in some form or another. It’s also a time capsule to encapsulate this moment in history where barriers were broken down and us little folks became publishers in all industries (music, games, books, social projects, theatre).

    We’re living in a golden age, and it’s golden giving amazingly talented people like yourself that generously share your ideas, experiences, passions. You’re one of a kind bro, and very proud of this step you’ve taken. Enjoy the glow, you deserve it!!!

    • Aaron: I really like that sentiment. I hope that even if crowdfunding evolves into something completely new, many of the ideas and principles in the book are still relevant. We’ll see–I’m excited to see what the future holds!

  4. Congratulations! I can’t wait to get my pre-ordered copy. Will you do signed bookplates, or could I send it to you (with return postage of course) for a signature?


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