Transcendent, Double-Chocolate, Organic Premium Vintage Partners

June 12, 2009

Working on plans for the next book in the Go-Giver series (it’s coming — not till next spring, but it’s coming), I just had an exchange with the wonderful Adrienne Schultz, our editor at Portfolio, the brilliant publishing house (an imprint of Penguin) who publishes The Go-Giver.

Reading Adrienne’s note, it occurred to me that John Donne was genuinely writing for the ages way back in 1623, in his Meditation 17, when he wrote, “No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.”

And, that we are all only as good as our partners.

Portfolio is one reason — one big reason — that The Go-Giver has been as successful as it has. Man, do I love our publisher.

Here’s what I just wrote to Adrienne:

Working with you is better than good. It’s unreal, transcendent, delicious, nirvana, double-chocolate, local-organic, and premium vintage. It’s the freshest salmon done to a pink perfection with a delicate mustard-tamari-pinot-noir glaze. It’s duck a l’orange with oranges just picked from the tree out back. It’s crème brulee with farm-fresh ingredients.

No, it’s more: it’s Rachel’s famous coffee, brewed two minutes ago, in my favorite stoneware cup. (The one that keeps it extra warm.)

I count myself one exceedingly fortunate coauthor.

That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it. There’s nothing better in the whole wide world than having genuinely great partners.

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