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These Days

A novel by Jack Cheng about tech startups, creative work, New York in your early twenties, and our relationship with the glowing rectangles in our pockets (and how they affect our relationships with each other).

These Days

Self-Published, April 2013

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These Days is my first novel. It’s modern-day love story about a guy who designs prop computer interfaces and a girl who doesn’t have a cellphone. It’s about tech startups, creative work, New York in your early twenties, and our relationship with the glowing rectangles in our pockets (and how they affect our relationships with each other).

The novel came out of a journaling exercise in the summer of 2009. I soon found myself devoting my nights and weekends to it and, three years later, I successfully funded a Kickstarter campaign to publish it. I hired freelance editors, completed the final manuscript, then designed and typeset the book myself. A limited run of hardcovers, printed at Sheridan Books here in Michigan, went out to Kickstarter backers in April 2013, and the paperback and e-book are currently available on Amazon. There are also a few copies floating around in libraries including my former home library, the Brooklyn Public Library.

During the Kickstarter project I wrote weekly progress updates on what it was like to write and publish a book. I found this practice so beneficial that I kept doing them even after the project was over. Today these updates live on, reincarnate, as my Sunday newsletter, which you can find below.