Finalizing the Text
Due to some tight deadlines, in order to have copies for the event tonight, I had to approve the printing “sight unseen” (well, I’d reviewed many drafts and the “digital proof” that CreateSpace provides). When the copies arrived Wednesday, I sat down and read it cover-to-cover, and found a few niggling changes that I wanted to make before I called the first edition “done”. So, combining a late night Wednesday night, with timely help from Thess on layout and Nancy on editing, and the final text is now awaiting approval from CreateSpace. It should be ready by Saturday afternoon. In the meantime, you won’t be able to order the old version, so there are at most 30 “upside-down airplane” copies out there that will be exceedingly valuable some day… :) (The changes are quite minor, really.)
Progress on the Domain Hosting
This was an unbelievably large headache. I was trying to transfer the domain from the company where I registered it to the company that I wanted to have host it. What they advertise as an “up to 5 day” process took me 35. I gather both companies made some mistakes along the way, but one crazy story was that since I had registered the domain for 10 years, and a transfer included a one year extension in registration, and no domain can be registered for more than 10 years, I had to wait a year before I could transfer it. Anyway, it’s now in the hands of the right company, and I’ll be able to at least put the rudimentary stuff that I promised in the book up on the site between now and the weekend, with upgrades coming after that.
Hospital for Hope Fund Raiser
A group of Stanford students has done some serious fund raising to build a hospital in rural India. The NGO that is their operational partner there, Jagriti Vihara, was founded by Shri Upadhyay (“Daduji”) in 1975. I had been introduced to Hospital for Hope through One World Children’s Fund, and included their story in Giving Back (I’ll include the excerpt as a separate blog post). The awesome cover photo was taken by Jason Koenig of jkoephoto.com during his trip to the Hospital for Hope site. So, there were a couple of good ties that resulted in my opportunity to have the books available at the event.
Amit Garg helped get things set up, distributing copies of the book and marketing postcard around the room. They had a nice spread of food (though I think the caterers were caught off guard with the large percentage of vegetarians in the audience), a performance by an a capella group, a short video, and then speeches by Daduji and Amit. I”d offered to donate proceeds of book sales for the evening to Hospital for Hope, so they elected to charge a slight premium and request $20 donations for the books. Of course, a couple of memorable “First’s”: First Sale, First Multi-copy purchase (5!), First Signed Copies.
The picture is of me and Daduji. I really enjoyed the chance to meet him and learn a bit more about his project and life.
Thank you, Hospital for Hope team, for hosting me tonight, and for all that you do to bring greater health to the world.