No Missing Tools – Available For Pre-Order
We’ve made it! My book, No Missing Tools: Creativity in an age of abundance, is finally available for pre-order. About The Book No Missing Tools is partly a memoir, a way to tell my creative story. But, it’s more than that, it’s a reflection on what it means to be creative in this digital age, […]
About The Book
No Missing Tools is partly a memoir, a way to tell my creative story. But, it’s more than that, it’s a reflection on what it means to be creative in this digital age, when we are swimming in so many ideas and so much information. I wanted to write something that discussed how creativity has changed and also, gave us some hope for the ways we can make the most of this unique moment in history.
At the start of last year, my calendar kept throwing up reminders; ten years since I left academia to go back to music full-time, ten years since I started this blog to document that process of change in my life. I thought it might be fun to mark that with a little eBook, pulled from blogposts written during those years. But, cutting and pasting old articles written over many years isn’t the best way to write a book, much less to tell a story. And, I felt after all this time, I had a story to tell.
It’s a story about how we find and sustain our creativity. No Missing Tools begins by looking at our earliest creative experiences, before focussing on the often misunderstood cornerstone of creativity, inspiration. Then, after considering our place in the universe, the book considers how we approach our working days, before ending with some reflections on the process of rest and recreation.
How To Pre-Order
No Missing Tools will be released on April 14, but it’s available for pre-order today. You can pre-order the paperback version for U$16.00 from Amazon, or the Kindle version for U$6.99. There’s also a full digital pack, with PDF, ePub and mobi versions available from GumRoad for U$10.
About The Limited Edition Version
In addition to the paperback and digital versions, there will also be a traditionally bound, hardback edition of No Missing Tools, which is being printed here in Japan (on gorgeous paper) and will be limited to 50 signed copies. I’ve mentioned this a few times over the past months and with orders already coming in I’m expecting it will sell out fairly quickly. The price is U$65 including postage anywhere in the world. If you are interested in putting your name down for one, please get in touch.
On Getting Here
Putting together 60,000 words wasn’t easy. The project took the best part of a year and I’m extremely thankful to my family for being patient with me, especially through the autumn of last year, as I put in very long, occasionally emotionally charged days, getting the manuscript finished. I’m also extremely thankful to Matt Gartland, Yi Shun Li, Dustin Tevis and all the team at Winning Edits for the work they did on the editing and design of the book. And, I’m also deeply grateful to the early readers who volunteered their time to read and comment on the drafts of the book. Finally, I have to thank my community of friends, around the world, who kept showing an interest in the book and sending messages of encouragement and support. Thank you!