Derek Sivers

What I’m doing now

(This is a now page, and if you have your own site, you should make one, too.)

I’m home in Wellington, New Zealand.

In January I thought I’d take a few days to compile my old articles for musicians into a book.

But for the last three months, I’ve been spending 6-18 hours a day writing, re-writing, and editing the 93 little articles in that book. I just finished last night.

But the big news is that I really feel like a writer now.

Until last month, I considered myself to be an entrepreneur, a programmer, a student of life, or something like that. Writing was just something I did occasionally to share what I’d learned. But something in my self-identity changed, and I’m really enjoying the craft of writing so much that it’s feeling like it’s going to be my main focus for the next few years to come. (Of course if you really just know me from my writing, you may think it’s strange that I’m just realizing this now.)

I plan to write three books this year:

  1. “Your Music and People” (done)
  2. “Unlearning” (rough draft done)
  3. “How to Live” (rough draft done)

… plus maybe a couple smaller e-books about “Hell Yeah or No” and being more technology-independent. We’ll see.

I plan to self-publish all of these. So a lot of what I’m doing right now is thinking about how I want this to work. Printing hard-cover books, hiring my own translators, illustrators and animators, and selling everything directly from my site. It feels kinda like the independent music movement from 1999-2000 where musicians realized they weren’t beholden to record labels. The idea of not being beholden to Amazon or publishers is exciting. It might mean less income, but that’s worth it to me. It’s more inspiring.

That, and someone’s won my heart. But that’s private.

This update was March 20th, 2018.