Thanks to all the influencers who wrote, we kicked in a few extras at the end, but they are all gone for now! Enjoy the holidays and thanks to everyone for so many supportive notes.
As many of you know, Huggy Rao and I have a new book called Scaling Up Excellence coming out in February. We worked on the darn thing for about seven years. We believe it is the first business book that takes a comprehensive look at scaling in organizations (and we go beyond business with examples from education, non-profits, government, and especially health care). The book is getting some nice advance notice, for example, from Forbes and Adam Grant at LinkedIn, and as I wrote here earlier this week, we received varied and enthusiastic blurbs for the book.
These people could comment on the book because my publisher (as most do) printed up advanced copies of the book, or "galleys" (as they are called in the book business) and sent them to key influencers. These "uncorrected proofs" are bound with a cover, but are printed on cheaper paper than the real book will be. And they do contain a few minor typos and errors. But the content is virtually the same as the "real" book, it is just not as pretty.
I was talking to my publisher today, and it turns out we still have a few galleys left, and as publication date is approaching, I suggested that we offer them to "influencers" who might be interested in the book and perhaps writing about it on their Blog, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or whatever social media they use.
SO HERE COMES THE OFFER
If you are an active influencer of some kind -- let's say that you somehow reach out to and are read by 300 or more followers on a regular basis -- we will send you a galley if you act fast. Here is how it works:
1. We only have 50 give away, when they are gone, they are gone.
2. If you want a galley,and are an influencer that more or less meets the above standards, please send me an email by Monday at Noon (Pacific Standard Time). Please include a URL so I can check you out. If you are a legit influencer, I will forward it to my publisher. Please include a mailing address as my publisher will be mailing it to you -- there are no electronic copies. Click on my email here. It is really me, not the PR people who are working to promote the book.
3. Of course, if you are one of the lucky 50 people who get a galley, Huggy and I hope you will write something about the book and the word out -- and please note it may take a couple weeks to arrive.
I look forward to hearing from you!