The Book is Launched!

There is an old Chinese proverb that says: “Before a man dies, he should have a child, plant a tree, and write a book.” I am very fortunate to have three wonderful children (and two grandchildren); I have planted countless trees on my farm in New Jersey; and as of today, March 18, I am officially an author.

I wasn’t sure this day would ever come, but my new book, Managing the Dragon, is now available. (Please click on “About the Book” for an overview.) When I delivered the complete manuscript to my editor at Crown Publishing in early 2007 and was told that the launch had been set for March 18, 2008, it seemed so far off into the future. The reality that it is finally here began to set in over this past day or so, as friends and relatives called or e-mailed to say that they had just received a shipping notice from Amazon. I have also learned that copies are now front and center at Garden Books in Shanghai. A Chinese version of Managing the Dragon, published by China Youth Press, will be available beginning May 16.

When I mention that I have written a book, I am always asked how long it took and how the process went. Before I went through it myself, the Chevy Chase movie, Funny Farm, always came to mind when I thought of what it might be like. Missed deadlines, a frustrated book agent chasing an author with writer’s block to all corners of the globe, trying to get at least one more chapter to appease the angry publisher. I was very fortunate. For me, the process was nothing like that.

From the moment Tom Friedman suggested that I write a book, everything seemed to fall easily into place. I had gotten to know Tom as he was writing The World is Flat, and we were both speaking at the Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference in July, 2004. As we walked to a reception after spending an hour or so going over his notes from our last conversation, Tom turned to me and said, “You know Jack, there is a book in you.” While many people over the years had made a similar suggestion, I never took it seriously until then.

It took me about a year to get my thoughts together, but in late 2005, I began the serious search for an agent. Fortunately, the head of the William Morris Agency, whom I had also met at that same Allen & Company Conference, introduced me to Grace Chen, head of the firm’s newly opened Shanghai office. (Like so many companies in industry after industry, William Morris understands how important the China market has become to its business.) Through Grace’s good efforts, and the support of the New York office, I had the honor of becoming William Morris’ second client in China. After completing the obligatory book proposal in July, 2006, William Morris approached several publishers and we selected Crown. By March, 2007, Crown had a complete draft of the manuscript which, after a relatively painless editing process, was finalized on June 30. I have been reviewing copy edits, correcting typos and waiting ever since.

Now the fun part begins. Before I left Beijing for the U.S. at the end of last week, I had an opportunity to discuss the book as the keynote speaker at The Economist Automotive Conference in Shanghai and to address the Rutgers EMBA Program and the Beijing Rotary Club. Over the next two weeks, I will be speaking at Columbia Business School, Yale, Duke, University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon and Eastern Michigan, among others, as well as at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, the U.S. China Business Council, and the Philadelphia World Affairs Council. When I return to China, events have already been scheduled with AMCHAM, the Yale Club of Beijing, Tsinghua University and CKGSB (Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business). Other events will be added, particularly with the Olympics coming to Beijing in several months and interest in China at an all-time high.

I hope you will have a chance to read Managing the Dragon. If you do and have the time, please write a short review on Amazon. As you might suspect, Amazon has become a powerful force in the book industry, and reviews by readers are particularly important in this democratic, worldwide marketplace for ideas that has been created by the Internet. tragaperra internetcasinos descargas internetpremios pagina internetnet casinosvideo poker webcasino costa bravaruleta europea paginas internetla ruleta rusaapuestas onlinejuego online ruletafruit slotscasino slots downloadonline gewinn spielcasino net pokercasino spiele kostenlos spielen,casino spiele spielen,casino spielenroulette gewinnecasino no deposit bonusechtes kasinospielerfolgreich roulette spielen,roulette online spielen,roulette spielenbeste casino onlinenew casino onlineonline casino playinternet spielbankcasino club netdeutsche online casinoadvanced video pokeronline slots,eve online rig slots,online video slotseve online rig slotskeno downloadrealistisches internet casinoswiss casino onlineunbegrenztes freispielslotmaschine online spielenblack jack online spielencasino bonus codecasino on linebestes online casinoparty casino bonusfunny games roulette,games roulette,games roulette online spielenkasino spiele mit echtem geldspiel rauminternet roulettevirtual casinolasseters online casinofaires spielenroulette gamegames roulette spielestrip roulettecasino online texasbeste online kasinos

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