Next Wednesday my new book, Warriors, Workers, Whiners, and Weasels is released. And as you might expect, there is the normal book release scurrying going on…. editors making final edits, designers doing a little final design, publicists trying to publicize, friends and family asking “when does that book come out?”. But perhaps not surprisingly, few people are asking “what’s the book about?” As I hoped, the title is fairly self-evident. Hopefully this will be a good thing.
Of course, perhaps I should not take this for granted. I took a look today at some of the current NY Times Bestsellers, and most of the titles give little indication of what to expect. I think Two Little Girls in Blue, Dirty Blondes, and Prior Bad Acts are mystery novels, but I also would not be surprised to see any of them performing as the musical acts on Saturday Night Live, or as obscure coded notations in Charley Sheen’s Palm Pilot. Speaking of coded notations, I couldn’t help but notice the obvious current path to a bestseller is to somehow tie-in a religious mystery, Ala, The DaVinci Code. Other big sellers on the charts include The Tenth Circle, The Secret Supper, The Last Templar,and Tomb of The Golden Bird.
Unfortunately, my book is not particularly mysterious, there are no codes, nor do I tackle any controversial religious issues. Of course, if the book does not sell well I guess I could change the name to Warriors, Workers, Whiners, Weasels – A John the Baptist Mystery – but that would seem like a bit of a Weasel move.
No, I am going to stick with the straightforward title with a straightforward message. We all know Warriors, Workers, Whiners, and Weasels. We live around them, work with them, read about them, admire some of them, and have great disdain for others. My book adds a bit of clarity and organization to the situation that will hopefully allow you to navigate the world a little better. Use it to manage yourself more efficiently, maybe improve your job performance and get a promotion or raise.
There are quite a few management hints based on my 25 years of managing and sometimes mismanaging people that you will find helpful if you are the boss. If you are a Whiner or a Weasel, you might be surprised to find out how much we know about you. In any case – buy the book and I hope you enjoy.
Oh, one more thing. If you are so inclined, translate chapter three into Latin, read it backwards by candlelight, and it will reveal the location of Pontius Pilate’s great, great, great, great grandson’s deli in Clearwater, Florida. He makes a mean Reuben Sandwich.