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Apr 02, 2019 17:43:29

Life of a Book

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Basile Samel

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You might wonder about the chain of events leading someone to write a book. Here is mine.


March 2016

I start researching the topic of nomadism after reading Tim Ferris' The 4-Hour Workweek.

June 24, 2016

I publish in French the 20-page essay titled "Nomadism as a Vector for Change" as an engineering school project at INSA Lyon.

September 2016

I'm joining Stockholm University as an exchange student and start studying remotely. It's my first experience as a digital nomad, and I don't even know it.

September 2017

Learning about digital nomadism for the first time after stumbling upon Nomad List.

November 04, 2018

I begin writing 200 words a day to get into a writing habit and improve.

November 07, 2018

I tweet about how easy it would be to write a book in one year if I keep at it.

December 12, 2018

I publicly announce on Twitter / Hacker News I plan on writing a book by March 15 2019.

January 04, 2019

I decide the book will be an autobiography called Making a Maker focusing on my life as a nomad entrepreneur.

February 13, 2019

I decide to change the topic of the book to focus on nomadism. The new title is Alter-Nomad.

March 02, 2019

I laid down the main sections of the book. The outline will evolve throughout the following month.

March 7, 2019

Started editing.

March 15, 2019

I underestimate the huge amount of work editing demands and decide to postpone the release by two weeks.

March 31, 2019

Official release


As you can read, it wasn't a straightforward journey. The idea took three years to grow. An interesting observation is that it took me 5 months to go from someone who doesn't write at all to a self-published author, all thanks to my 200WaD habit.

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