I know it’s been a long time since my last post. My apologies.
I wanted to post a brief update on the status of The Imagineering Process.
I submitted the final draft to my publisher, Theme Park Press. Right now we’re looking at a release in late March to mid-April. As we get closer I’ll have a better estimate.
I’ve also sent the final manuscript to some friends, colleagues, and nice folks who have agreed to write testimonial “blurbs” (or jacket quotes) for the book. So far I’ve received testimonials from:
- Lee Cockerell, Former Executive Vice President, Walt Disney World® Resort and Best Selling author of Creating Magic…10 Common Sense Leadership Strategies from a Life at Disney, The Customer Rules, Time Management Magic, and Career Magic.
- David Burkus, author of Friend of a Friend, Under New Management, and The Myths of Creativity
- Sam Gennawey, author of Walt Disney and the Promise of Progress City, The Disneyland Story: The Unofficial Guide to the Evolution of Walt Disney’s Dream, and Universal versus Disney: The Unofficial Guide to American Theme Parks’ Greatest Rivalry
- Brian Collins, Former Imagineer & WDI Show Writer
- Jeffrey A. Barnes, Dean of Student Success at California Baptist University and best-selling author of The Wisdom of Walt series
- Louis L. Lemoine, Retired Walt Disney Imagineer and Disney Legacy Award recipient
I’m expecting blurbs from a few other folks as well, and will post an update when I have more to share.
So far the response to the book has been better than I could have hoped for.
As we get closer to the release I’ll share the testimonials here (as well as on Facebook and Twitter), and I’ll also be posting some snippets from the book that provide a high-level look at the seven stages that comprise the Imagineering Process.
I finished the last of my edits on THE IMAGINEERING PROCESS last weekend, and submitted my final draft to my publisher Theme Park Press yesterday.
As of now we’re looking at a release in Winter/Spring 2018.
I’ll be posting excepts, graphics, and other updates here as we get closer to the release.
I also hope to be able to spend a little more time on posts here in the next few months.
I finished the first draft of THE IMAGINEERING PROCESS last night.
It’s been a long time coming, and it feels great to to reach this milestone.
Next up is a couple of rounds of editing and proof reading, and checking the bibliography, and then I send the book off to the publisher!
Getting close now!
Years ago I worked as a line developer for a role playing game called Earthdawn published by FASA Corporation. I referenced Earthdawn and some of the products I worked on for the game in The Imagineering Pyramid.
Recently some fans of the game started a podcast about Earthdawn called Live From Barsaive, where they talk about the game and the game’s setting (an area known as Barsaive, hence the name). I’ve been listening since the beginning, and have enjoyed the show quite a bit. It’s extremely gratifying (and humbling) to know that something I worked on so long ago (I worked on the game from 1992 through 1998) could be so well regarded.
The hosts of the show, Chad and Rachel, asked if I would be a guest on their show, and we recently recorded our episode. I had a great time. We talked for more than an hour, talking about Earthdawn, The Imagineering Pyramid (they’re fans of Disney parks and have both read the book), and Disney parks in general.
The episode should be available soon. I’ll post again when it’s live.
As I mentioned in my last post, last week I did an interview about The Imagineering Pyramid on The Mouse Knows Best podcast.
My interview with Cody, Jared, Joe, and Jenn is now live, and is available here (it’s also available on iTunes). I think the interview went pretty well.
Tonight (technically last night, since it’s after midnight as I write this) I recorded an interview with Cody, Jared, Joe, and Jenn from The Mouse Knows Best podcast. We talked about Imagineering and several of the principles in The Imagineering Pyramid, including It All Begins with a Story, Hidden Mickeys, and The “it’s a small world” Effect, as well as my favorite Disney animated films and park attractions, and how I got interested in Imagineering way back when. It was a great conversation and I really enjoyed meeting everyone.
The episode should air soon. I’ll be sure to post about when it’s live.
I’ll be one of the authors at the Local AuthorFest at the Lucius Beebe Memorial Library in Wakefield on December 10, 2016 from 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM.
I’ll have copies of The Imagineering Pyramid available for sale.
Hope to see you there!