Things may seem calm and quiet on the surface of the blog, but behind the scenes here at Get Rich Slowly, everything’s a whirlwind. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before, but blogging doesn’t scale. That is, one man (or woman) can handle a small blog with a few hundred readers, but the bigger a site grows, the more demands there are on your time. Even though I’m using more and more help lately, I simply can’t keep up. So, the calm surface here belies the turbulence underneath.

Of course, part of the hubbub comes from the release of Your Money: The Missing Manual. The book is now available at Amazon, and folks have had kind things to say about it. (Thanks for all of your nice e-mails; they make me smile.) Other bookstores should be receiving their copies over the next month. It’s also now available from Borders and Barnes and Noble, and will soon be available from Powell’s.

Note: How can you be sure you’ll like Your Money: The Missing Manual? What if it’s just a retread of old GRS posts? Well, I’ve done my best to produce a book I can be proud of, one that does draw on the best of Get Rich Slowly, but also adds tons of new content. If you want a taste before you buy, you can download a free sample chapter in PDF form. I hope you enjoy it!

Speaking of Powell’s, I’ll be giving a talk at Powell’s Technical Books at 7pm on Thursday, April 15th. (Which also happens to be the fourth anniversary of Get Rich Slowly.) I’d love if you came out and gave me some support. I’m a hesitant public speaker, and if there are some friendly folks in the crowd, that’ll give me more confidence!

And that’s not the only event associated with the book release. No no no. Publishing a book is an exercise in self-promotion, which isn’t something that comes naturally for me. Among other upcoming events:

  • I’ll join my pal Chris Guillebeau for a meet-up in Chicago on the evening of Monday, April 5th. Alexandra Levit is helping us plan the details. (If you’d like to come hang out with us, RSVP at Chris’ site — and tell him you came from GRS!)
  • I’ll be doing a series of radio interviews in major markets around the United States. These are scheduled for the week of April 12 to April 16th, so I’ll let you know when I have more info. (And I’ll be on Computer America tonight at 8pm Pacific.)
  • Next Thursday, April 1st, I’ll be participating in a live videochat/webast over at O’Reilly’s website at 10am Pacific (1pm Eastern). (O’Reilly is the book’s publisher.) You should come join us as we chat about money. Again, I’d love to chat with a bunch of GRS readers. (There’ll be a recording of this event available if you miss it.)

If you do show up for the webcast, you’ll reportedly be able to buy the book from O’Reilly for 40% off (~$13.20) or the e-book for 50% off (~$8.99). If you don’t want to wait that long, you’re in luck. Your Money: The Missing Manual is O’Reilly’s “deal of the day” today: You can buy the e-book for just $9.99 by using the code DDYMT. (Note that the e-book edition includes Android, Mobi/Kindle, PDF, and ePub formats.)

Note: Many folks have asked whether there’ll be a Kindle version of the book. I’m told that yes, indeed, there will be. But I don’t know when.

You can always get 30% off the print or e-book version of Your Money: The Missing Manual by entering the discount code ABF09 when checking out at O’Reilly’s store.

Help make this book a success!
How can you help make Your Money: The Missing Manual a success? Help me spread the word about the book, if you feel so inclined. Tweet about it. Blog about it. Tell your friends about it. As I say, I’m not very good at self-promotion, so I’m counting on you folks to help me. If you like the site, please help me spread the word. It’d mean a lot to me! (And hey — link back to your favorite GRS post while you’re at it.)

Finally, I wanted to share something I found funny. All of the “missing manuals” have a “missing CD” page, and my book is no exception. But somebody made a typo when entering info for Chapter Four (“Defeating Debt”); instead, they’ve credited me with more knowledge than I possess!

Defeating death! I wish. Unfortunately, I do not yet possess the secrets of immortality.

Thanks for allowing me to shill, everyone, and enjoy your weekend.

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