I mentioned last month that the new book with Sunny Mehta and Matt Flynn was coming along well. Since that post I took a weeklong trip to New Orleans to visit Sunny, and we used that time to really crank hard on the manuscript. On that trip we took stock of our progress, and we realized that we had written about 85,000 words so far. That’s almost exactly the length of the longest of my four books. In other words, we’re almost done.
We still have one or two more chapters to write, and I’m sure we’ll go through the book and swap out some weaker example hands for better ones. But at this point the vast majority of the book is in the can. I expect we’ll be basically done writing by the end of the month.
(If I’m not posting much during the next month or two and if I lag on answering questions and emails, it’s because I’m devoting as much time as possible to getting this book out the door.)
So what do we need to do between the time the writing is done and the time we can release the book?
- Hammer down publishing plans. Two Plus Two has elected not to publish the book, so we’re on our own for now. We’re 100% confident that it will get published. We just have a few options and haven’t chosen one yet.
- Select a final title. This project was started as Professional No Limit Hold’em: Volume 2. But, frankly, the book has evolved into something more than just a companion volume. The book, while it certainly builds on some of the topics from Volume 1, functions as a practical, stand-alone guide to crushing small and medium stakes no-limit games. To reflect the fact that it’s more than just a companion volume, we’re considering changing the title to something more descriptive.
- Edit and proofread. Fairly important.
I’ll continue posting regular updates on our progress from now until the time the book comes out. For now I’m extremely excited. The writing is almost finished, and frankly I’m thrilled with what we have. Small Stakes Hold’em came out over four years ago, and yet people still come up to me all the time and tell me about how that book launched their poker careers. I think this new book has the same potential of SSHE to launch the careers of a new generation of no-limit players.