It should show up in trade magazines in the next few days, but I wanted to make sure New World Notes readers read it here first: I'm enormously excited to announce my book on Second Life will be published next year through Collins, an imprint of publishing giant HarperCollins. Here's the official blurb as it'll read in an upcoming Publisher's Marketplace:
NOTES FROM THE NEW WORLD, an exploration of the online virtual world known as Second Life, where more than a million residents live and play (some earning six-figure incomes in the process), as it transforms into the next generation of the Internet, replacing the World Wide Web, and attracting attention from MTV, Warner Brothers, Harvard, authors, even political candidates, to Ethan Friedman at Collins, in a deal that includes the virtual book rights for publication in Second Life.
In what I believe is a publishing first, HarperCollins will explictly buy the rights to the book's Second Life edition, as well, so Residents can purchase a virtual copy of the book, and, of course, have it signed by me at in-world appearances. At the same time, an excerpt of the SL edition will be released under a non-commercial Creative Commons license, so Residents can integrate it into sculptures and other interactive installations they create in-world for events centered around the book's debut.
My massive thanks to Ethan for bringing it into the HarperCollins fold and nurturing it there, and to my agent David Fugate of LaunchBooks, who saw the potential of a Second Life book early on and fought for my version of it from the very beginning. My deep gratitude as well to Linden Lab, for helping incubate my blog (along with the world) throughout the first few years, and above all, to my readers here, and all the talented and soulful Residents and Linden developers I've met and written about. They're the ultimate reason this book is being written, and I hope it does justice to all they've accomplished.
Now comes the hard part: writing about a world that continues evolving on a near daily basis.
Update, July 4th, 2007: The title is now The Making of Second Life: Notes from the New World. Publication date aimed for early 2008.