I want to take a moment and say thanks to everyone who has helped Practically Radical get off to such a fast start. The book was released two weeks ago today, and it’s been a blur of activity ever since. Here’s an update.
I am pleased to report that in its first week of eligibility, Practically Radical debuted at #6 on the Wall Street Journal Hardcover Business List. We’re an immediate bestseller! What a thrill.
Meanwhile, the folks at CNN got “practically radical” in the form of a wonderful segment on the “Parker Spitzer” program. It was a blast, both hosts really got into the book, and we had just a great conversation.
Much to my pleasure (and relief), the early reviews have been tremendously positive. One of my favorites was in the New York Journal of Books, which took the book very seriously and was just so nice about the “enthusiasm” in the pages. “It’s this enthusiasm that shines through and becomes infectious–the type of enthusiasm that makes a reader devour the book and then return for seconds.” Wow, thanks!
Meanwhile, my colleagues at Fast Company dedicated a whole week to excerpts from, interviews about, and resources drawn from the book, and then they were kind enough to round-up all the articles in one place. It’s a really nice collection of material, and I appreciate their dedication to the book.
Finally, the cherry on the week’s ice-cream sundae. What a hoot to discover that technology innovators Jim Lavoie and Joe Marino, two of the characters featured in the book, got so excited when they read Practically Radical that they wrote and recorded a song about it, set to Frank Sinatra’s “It Was a Very Good Year.” You can listen to the song here. It may not win a Grammy, but it’s got a special place on my iPod.
I can’t wait for Week Three!