Time to Fly 48 Days Eagles book: a dream come true
We rarely know the story behind a book, but you can know the story behind the Time to Fly 48 Days Eagles book right here. The actual title is Time to Fly: Daily Insight from the 48 Days Eagles Community. Here is how it came to be.
Once upon a time (in the early 2000s), a disabled but determined entrepreneurial editor decided she wanted to serve Dan Miller and his tribe. The problem was that Mr. Miller didn’t know her from Eve, and even though she had done quite a bit of editing over the years, it had been of academic and business pieces, not trade books. She had to learn a different “editing bible” to edit trade books, and she didn’t know that guide well enough yet. So she joined Dan Miller’s mailing list and studied.
The editor met some of “his people” who had things in common with her, and she became friends with them. She served several publishers and many authors in the intervening years, including some of Dan’s people and even one of his sons. At that point, Dan knew who she was, was friends with her on social media, and had even talked with her a few times, but she still hadn’t served him, and of course she still wanted to. She knew the day would come, although she didn’t know when.
She talked about it with James Woosley, one of the publishers she served—also a member of Dan’s tribe—and one day, he said he thought it was time, even though they both had so much going on already. They talked about an idea for an amazing book that would help readers have a great start to their days, and then James Woosley presented it to Dan Miller.
Is it time to fly?
Dan Miller loved the idea. He was going to write the foreword, contribute some pieces to it, and endorse the book on all of his platforms. All James and she had to do was make it happen.
- Gather more than 400 pieces of writing from nearly 90 contributors.
- Write multiple pieces of their own for it.
- Edit more than 100,000 words in a few days.
- Check the contents of 400 entries.
- Seek permissions.
- Determine which pieces made the cut.
- Write the front and back matter.
- Design the book.
- Lay it out.
- Come up with a title.
- Create the cover.
- Proofread the book and the cover.
- Publish it.
All in about 48 Days.
With other projects going at the same time.
The minute they got Dan’s thumbs up, they were off and running. Perhaps they slept less. They certainly had less free time. Their words may have jumbled a bit (Mmm, coffee is that?) and their fingers may have twitched from time to time due to overuse. Neither one tracked the number of hours they put in on the project, partly because it didn’t matter, and partly because they didn’t want to know how many unpaid hours were going into the project. But they both were in their element and having the time of their lives. They were doing something wonderful for many authors and readers all at once (normally, it would take most of a year to serve that many authors), and they were serving Dan Miller and his tribe.
Time to Fly 48 Days Eagles book had no title
The book didn’t have a title throughout most of the writing and editing process. That’s pretty common. Most books have a working title, and receive their actual title after they’re completed. In conversations between the publisher and editor, it was referred to as “the Eagles’ book” because all of the contributors were members of the 48 Days Eagles Community. But James asked the contributors to vote on some options, and the title was selected.
About 48 days after they dove into the Time to Fly 48 Days Eagles book project, they published nearly 90 authors in the book they created, making the editor’s dream come true—making my dream come true. January 9, 2018, is one of the best days of my life, and it’s a great day for all of the people who have contributed to this book and all of those who will read it. Be part of this success and dream come true, please. Order your copy of Time to Fly: Daily Insights from the 48 Days Eagles Community right here, right now. Then enjoy an entry every day for a year, start your days right, and possibly even change your life. This is what I call a happy ending!