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Her novel Midnight Exposure was released soon afterward, and a third, She Can Tell, is forthcoming. Peikoff: I had no real understanding of how publishing worked behind the scenes until I had those jobs. To solve for that, we created a four-hour, weekly product decision session, where anyone in the company could sign up for a slot to get a decision made. Can you tell us about its significance? While we might romanticize the focused artist typing away while imaginary worlds and narratives swirl inside their minds — authors know the truth: writing can get lonely. When an idea is finally in sight, it may be tempting to jump feet first into product building. When I was on the edge of that startup diving board, I kept returning to the George Bernard Shaw quote, that all progress depends on the unreasonable person. In this exclusive interview, Soni reflects on the lessons he learned as he transitioned from the scale of helming product at large companies to the rollercoaster ride of founding a startup.
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I knew about things like that from working in publishing, but I think I would have done more with it—like send out my galleys to certain indie stores, rather than hang on to them for sort of a long time like I did. I don't know who I am. So I felt that if I was going to leave to take a big risk, then the right way to do it was to take on something really ambitious. And while there may be no absolutes in this business, they now have the power of retrospect. Lissa Price: My husband had lost his job, and so I think that inspired me to write harder because he got another job, writing and directing and producing a cable television show—and the owner was one of these Hollywood screamers, and I felt like I needed to write for my life. To put himself on the path to entrepreneurship, Soni started planning.