For some reason beyond my comprehension the Lulu.com page for Rolling Rocks Downhill doesn’t contain a link to the free pdf download.
So, here’s are the links again:
[Thanks Philip for the heads-up]
You may recall that for the last half-dozen years I've been writing a business novel called Rolling Rocks Downhill. A couple of years ago I finished the first draft and got a contract with a great publisher and then ... well then - from your point of view - things went quiet as I rewrote and rewrote and rewrote the book behind the scenes.
I wish today that I could announce it's about to be published but ... well, I'm still slowly and intermittently rewriting behind the scenes and some time ago I came to an agreement with my publishers that I’ll get back to them when I’ve something to share with them. It took me over 4 years, part time, to write the first draft and although I've put many, many hours into the rewrite so far I've still got a way to go before it's ready for the copy editor. That said … the rewritten version is looking awesome … I just can’t share it now.
The good news is that - at the intermittent prompting from my most excellent friend Rob who (for good reasons) shares his surname with Craig, the mentor character in the novel - I've decided that the first draft – the one I sent to my editor in 2008 - is good enough to release, for free, as an Alpha version, even though it's nowhere near as good as the final book will be. Rob's argument went something along the lines of "It was good enough for me to read. More people need to know the ideas in the book. People are missing out if you don't publish it. It doesn't have to be perfect." … and so on. My counter argument was that “I’ve got a couple poorly written business novels on my bookshelves which I’ve never finished and I don’t want to produce another one of them. I mean, Rob, … the rewritten version is just soooooo, soooo much more readable ... The only trouble is that I’m the only one who can read it right now.”
But then, as I drove home from work last night, I thought "FUCK IT, Rob’s right”.
So here it is - warts, spelling mistakes, too much dialogue, too many chapters, the occasional rude word, and all.
Here’s the free pdf version: Download RollingRocksDownhill May 2008 - final of 1st draft
Here’s the paperback version of the alpha release of "Rolling Rocks Downhill - Agile and Lean Software Development for Ordinary People with Extra-ordinary Ambitions." It’s a 400+ page print-on-demand paper back for $US11.31 or £7.40 + p&p. I don’t make anything from the printed version but you may find it easier to read.