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David@60 – My Mini Life Map

February 15, 2016

I just turned sixty.  After reflecting on my last six decades and envisioning what my seventh decade might look like, I decided to create a mini life map* to tell the story with a few short words and pictures. I titled each decade just like a book chapter with the one or two words that defined the period for me. I then added highlight bullets, emotion words, thinking words, and a summary statement for each decade. Finally, I picked out two or three photos that represented the decade for me. This was a fun and meaningful exercise.  I’m looking forward to what the next ten-year chapter in my life will bring.


Decade 1 – 1956-1965    FIFTH CITY

  • Germany #1 as preschooler
  • The Order – started in Evanston and then moved to West Side of Chicago
  • Fifth City” Urban Development Project – 16-square-block area near Homan Avenue “L” station
  • The Ecumenical Institute
  • Iron Boy (becoming an Iron Man)
  • Leif Ericson Elementary School
  • Two Fires (Evanston, my parents’ bedroom)
  • The Brotherhood (John, Mark, Wayne, David)

Feeling: Anger, Fear, Crying, Excited, Crazy, Nightmares

Thinking: Hot and cold – I love laying down my life for the mission, I hate it, no, I love it. No, wait….

Statement: The Order and the West Side ghetto of Chicago took me to the edge, but the Brotherhood helped me survive.

IronBoy_ChicagoWestSide  IronManStatueFifthCity  David-Mark_Lief-Ericson_6thgrade_Dec1967


Decade 2 – 1966-1975    FREEDOM

  • Third Fire (Chicago riots after MLK killing)
  • Leaving Home at Twelve
  • Iowa in Seventh Grade
  • Malaysia in Ninth Grade
  • Denver in Tenth Grade
  • San Jose, CA in Eleventh and Twelfth Grade
  • The Other World
  • The Institute of Cultural Affairs
  • “Christ Event” in San Jose, CA
  • Left Order
  • San Francisco State University (majored in International Relations & German Literature)
  • Fourth Fire (Wayne’s apartment house arson)
  • Germany #2 – Heidelberg University (junior year abroad)

Feeling: Homesick, Anger, Apathy, Remorse, Lonely, Awe, Exhilaration, Relief, Burning

Thinking: I grew up fast, maybe too fast. I’m lucid but I don’t fit in with non-Order youth.

Statement: In RS-1 language, I had my own Tillich Christ Event at seventeen and awakened to my own profound Bonhoeffer freedom, but it took a near-violent episode to shake me to the core.

David-Malaysia_1971  SFSU-ID


Decade 3 – 1976-1985    KATE

  • SFSU Graduation
  • Selling Apple II computers San Francisco financial district with Mark
  • Chase Manhattan Bank in New York City
  • Kindred Spirit Kate on Wall Street
  • Mexico City – Kate & David in penthouse
  • Atlanta – Starting software career at Peachtree Software, Mark & Julian
  • Our wedding in western Massachusetts
  • Boston – Harvard Business School, David L.

Feeling: Loving Soul Mate, Confident, Adventuresome, Taking (more than giving)

Thinking: I’ll make a difference by becoming a minister like my dad and granddad; no, I’ll work for non-profits and the World Bank to change the world; no, I’ll help the world by redistributing the wealth via commercial banking; no, I’ll bring voice to the masses through the microcomputer software revolution. Profoundly appreciative of my short Chase bank tenure since it brought Kate into my life-and changed everything.

Statement: My life changed for the better when I met Kate. I’m the luckiest guy I know.

Kate-David-Wedding-Day-web  Kate-David_Deerfield_10-14-86


Decade 4 – 1986-1995    EMILY & BEN

  • Emily born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • HBS graduation, Class of 1987
  • Germany #3 – Munich with Softlab, Klaus
  • Thinking, feeling, dreaming in two languages: German & English
  • Ben born in Munich, Germany
  • Moved to San Francisco with Softlab GmbH/BMW AG
  • JourneyWare Media, Mark & David L.
  • Joined Men’s Group
  • Kate and David’s 10th Anniversary
  • I Want You to Know, Before I Go” (precursor to The Book of Myself)

Feeling: Loving children; not worthy of HBS, but wait, maybe I am; ready to take risks; stressed at running own company with constant fund raising and cash constraint; safe with my men’s group

Thinking: Meeting the Mystery of Life in infant faces of Emily and Ben; entrepreneurial spirit

Statement: Co-creating, helping birth, and raising two children is the most awe-filled experience of my life.

Bo April 1998  Ben-1993  Emily_1993


Decade 5 – 1996-2005    MARSHALL BOOKS

  • Settling in Northern California
  • The Book of Myself published (becomes bestseller)
  • The Book of Us published (becomes bestseller)
  • Oracle Corporation, Preet and Mark
  • Homestore, weekly commute to Los Angeles, Preet
  • The Book of My Pet published (first dud)
  • Kabira Software in San Rafael, CA, Mark and Preet
  • Go-go high tech investing and crashing back to earth
  • Emily leaving the nest
  • Kate and David’s 20th anniversary
  • Men’s Group 10th anniversary
  • Leaving software business at 50

Feeling: After many travels, California feels like home; thrilled to be an “author;” relief with Oracle paycheck; exciting Homestore IPO; exhausting battles at Homestore and Kabira; burned out.

Thinking: Book of Myself proves I can work for myself; I’m an investment genius, oh wait, maybe I’m not. It’s time to move on, start over, and reinvent myself.

Statement: As software storms raged, I found my calling and ability to make a difference in Marshall Books.

Carl and David Marshall  BOM 2007 3-D  Book-of-Us_Cover_21.5kb


Decade 6 – 2006-2015    WORK REIMAGINED

  • Writing Iron Boy memoir
  • Berrett-Koehler Publishers – second (or third) career, finding true community
  • Ben leaving the nest
  • What I Love About You (becomes bestseller)
  • Emily’s Wesleyan graduation
  • Ben’s UCLA graduation
  • Emily’s University of Minnesota Law School graduation
  • The Book of Myself – second edition published
  • Picture of Me published
  • My Life Map published
  • What I Love About You, Mom published
  • Kate and David’s 30th anniversary
  • Men’s Group 20th anniversary

Feeling: happy, content, invigorated, creative, innovative, compassionate, learning to breathe

Thinking: I’m wearing two hats, one as an author, the other as a publisher, both with a mission to make the world a better place; giving back.

Statement: I’m extending my vocational calling, started with Marshall Books, by working for Berrett-Koehler Publishers.

Macintosh-Development-Team-David-Marshall-2011   BK-staff-photo-for-website_Jan2016


Decade 7 – 2016-2025    SPIRITUAL SYNTHESIS

  • Studying Buddhism
  • Studying Christianity
  • I Loved You First – published in 2017
  • Complete and publish Iron Boy
  • Rediscovering music and singing
  • Yoga, Qi Gong, Tai Chi
  • Aging well
  • “Refire Don’t Retire”
  • Kate and David’s 40th anniversary
  • Men’s Group 30th anniversary
  • Discovering the world; embracing global cultures
  • Planting my activist stake: protecting Mother Earth (or something else)
  •  Passing of parents – helping them exit with grace and dignity
  • Making a difference in grandchildrens’ lives

Feeling: peaceful, serene, contemplative, yearning, concerned, giving, body creaking

Thinking: What a gift to be healthy in mind, body, and spirit as I start my seventh decade; it gives me an opportunity to integrate the lessons of my first six decades and to help others with what I’ve gathered.

Statement: Synthesizing my spirit life toward enlightenment; discovering and nurturing my higher self in service of others.

Kate-David-GreatWall   David Avila Beach   Mens-Group2_October-2015

*If you want to do something simple like this for a meaningful milestone in your life, just follow this same formula I used. If you want a more comprehensive version with warm up activities to lead you through the life mapping process for your past, present and future, I recommend My Life Map: A Journal to Help You Shape Your Future, which I co-wrote with my wife Kate.

David Marshall, February 2016




Mom, We Love You!

April 13, 2013

I am the second of four children, first two boys and then two girls.  I have always liked this combination, because then each of us gets at least one brother and one sister.  Thanks, Mom and Dad!

Speaking of appreciation, not too long ago, my brother, sisters, and I were thinking about what to give our mother for her 75th birthday.   She has everything she needs for a comfortable life, so buying her a toaster oven didn’t fit the bill, at least not for this special birthday.   We asked ourselves what she would like from us more than anything in the world, and came up with this simple answer: for us too tell her how much we have loved and appreciated her over the years, from childhood to today.


(Teresa, Wayne, Mama Ruth, Kathy, and David)

My wife Kate and I, who have experience creating guided journals, bought a blank journal and created prompts for each of the Marshall four kids to fill out.  It covered our childhood, adolescent, and adult years with mom.  In round robin fashion, Kate sent the book around to each of us four kids, and we then took turns expressing our appreciation based on the prompts that spoke to us most deeply.  Kate made sure the book kept moving between sons and daughters so it would return to Mom in time for the big event.

When Mom first unwrapped the book on her special birthday, she didn’t know what it was.  But as she began to read the passages, her eyes started to well up.  This was not just another birthday card or Mother’s Day card with a page or two of appreciation.  It was a bound book filled with appreciation.  What mother wouldn’t like that?   Mom now says that this is the best present she has every received from her kids.  She proudly displays it on her coffee table at her home for all her guests to see.

Our own family experience with this book of maternal appreciation motivated Kate and me to write What I Love About You, Mom, to help other children express their feelings to their mothers (and even grandmothers) as well.


Mom and I spoke recently about what the book means to her.

David – Mom, do you still remember your response when you first figured out what we had given you?

Mom – Yes, I remember it well.  I was amazed and deeply touched by the outpouring of love for events that I had either forgotten or never realized how much they meant to my children.

David –  Why did this gift affect you more than others we have given you in the past?

Mom – Well, it’s pretty obvious, isn’t it?  This little book of appreciation showed your hearts, in your own handwritings, in ways that a blender or spa treatment never could.  It also outlasts any other gift. It’s a family keepsake for me to read again and again.

David – Which passages did you especially appreciate?

Mom – Well, I’ll mention one from each of you.  Your older brother Wayne said I helped him develop his love for music:

“You bought me my first drum, a bongo and enduring my bad playing, and encouraged my piano playing, too. I am still drumming and playing piano all these years later.”

David – What answers from your daughters moved you?

Mom – Kathy knew she was different from the start. She thanked me for letting her be her true self:

“When I was a child, you just let me be, let me be a tomboy, let me get dirty. You didn’t try to force things on me like clothes and toys, and I think that has been the case all along.  You let me be and trusted that things would be alright.”

David – And what about your youngest, Teresa?

Mom – Sometimes it was the little things that you kids remembered that really choked me up.  She wrote:

“I remember the pot roast you used to make in the electric skillet. It felt like home. And I remember singing to all the relatives whenever we went to Texas and Oklahoma to visit.”

David – And what about from me?

Mom: You wrote how glad you are to still have me in your life, and to have been born into my family:

“I still love and cherish having a healthy (mind, body, and spirit) mother at my age as I approach 50. Many people I know have already lost both parents.  I am very lucky. And I never would have met and fallen in love with your parents, Mama Lou and Papa Daddy, the best grandparents a kid could ask for. They passed on so much of the goodness of their souls to you and your dear sisters.

David – Anything else you’d like to add?

Mom – I wish I had thought to make a book like this for my own mother before she died.  Mama Lou, as we called her, was a powerful influence in my life.  As we say in Texas—I loved her to pieces.  I think this is a great way for mothers and children to communicate in ways they may not have beforehand.  I told Mama Lou that I loved her often, but never expressed the various ways she helped nurture me into the strong woman I am today.  I know she would have really cherished a book of appreciation from me like the one you kids gave me.

David – Just one more thing I want to say, Mom.  I love YOU to pieces.

Mom – Come give me some sugar!


David and Kate Marshall live in Moraga and write guided journals to foster family communication and self-discovery. What I Love About You, Mom, was published by Plume/Penguin in March, 2013, to show appreciation to moms everywhere in easy, fun, and heartfelt ways. They have written seven other guided journals, including What I Love About You for couples, which has sold 200,000 copies.

Why Facebook Should Buy Pinterest

February 27, 2012

Facebook is left brain.  Pinterest is right brain. Together, they are whole brain.

A few weeks ago, when I was checking Google Analytics about our daily traffic on the Berrett-Koehler Publishers’ website, I noticed that one of the top five sites sending us traffic was Pinterest.  A Pinterest woman had “pinned” one of our book pages on her “board.” What the heck?  I had not even heard about it until then. I requested and received an invitation within 24 hours.

Pinterest is a scrapping site that allows you to grab any photo, image, or video you see while browing the web and add it to your virtual board. You can make as many boards as you want. For example, I have several book-related boards, as well as boards for travel locations, dogs, and cool products. Here is my Pinterest page. Pinterest has a ‘Pin It’ button that you put on your browser that allows you to quickly pin any image you see on the web. You can also upload, but it seems that most people pin images on their boards they have already seen elsewhere, or ‘Re-Pin’ an image from someone else’s Pinterest post. The home page of Pinterest is a movable feast of color images from all genres.

David Marshall's Boards on Pinterest

But what does this have to do with Facebook? Facebook has spent a lot of time getting people to post their photos on its innovative new Timeline function and convincing people to tell their life stories on their Facebook pages, and many are doing so, but Facebook mostly links one photo and text message together as a common thought, but doesn’t allow its members to group thoughts and images together in personal ity boards. Yes, you can create albums, but they are secondary on Facebook. Also, Facebook does not have an easy ‘Pin-It’ button to allow people to grab images from everywhere on the web like Pinterest does, so the photos section of Facebook is pretty much limited to photos uploaded by the members.

The New York Times reported recently that Pinterest claims it has reached ten million monthly viewers faster than any other social media side. Here’s the article: A Scrapbook on the Web Catches Fire.

I think Pinterest is really on to something big. It allows members to describe their personalities in ways that Facebook does not, by showing their various interests through a visual collage or montage. Facebook is left brain. interest is right brain. Together, they tell a richer life story.  It is fun and habit forming to create new Pinterest boards. It makes you think about what is important to you in the present and to share that with others. If the Pinterest functionality became part of Facebook, Facebook would be a much more interested place to hang out for hours on end.

Mark Zuckerberg, your move.

My Top-10 Personal Investing Tips

March 27, 2011

I have been investing since the early 1980 and have developed some pretty strong notions about what works and what doesn’t.  Here are my Top-10 tips:

1. Start in twenties. Time value of money is amazing.

2. Have the stomach for risk.  If no risk, then put in 1-2% savings accounts.

3. Don’t try to beat the market.  Set goal to match it.  4-5% for conservative portfolios or 8-10% for aggressive portfolios.

4. Diversify through comprehensive asset allocation based on age and risk profile. “Be the world.”  Re-set allocations to target levels once per year. Learn and apply the various asset classes: stocks (value, growth, balanced), bonds (muni, treasury, TIPs corporate, junk), inflation and downturn hedges (commodities, precious metals, real estate), international (developed and emerging).

5. Don’t chase the market ups and downs.  Use “dollar cost averaging” to be in the market in good times and bad.

6. Don’t become dependent on financial professionals – “The stockbroker services his clients in the same way that Bonnie and Clyde serviced banks.”

7. Use discount brokers, trade yourself online, and buy indexes through electronically traded funds (ETFs) or mutual funds with low-cost fees. Don’t invest in individual stocks unless you have $100,000 to invest because you need 20 stocks to diversify, or about $5,000 per individual stock.

8. Invest in tax-deferred and capital-gains-advantaged retirement plans such as company 401K, Roth IRA, Individual 401K, Individual IRA, 529b college savings accounts

9. Don’t chase gimmicks or latest stock tips from friends, family, or TV commentators.

10.  If you get the gambling bug for individual stocks, limit them to 5-10% of your portfolio.

I’ve read scores of business books and recommend this one above all others: The Four Pillars of Investing: Lessons for Building a Winning Portfolio, by William Bernstein.  See my book review of The Four Pillars of Investing.

Marshall on Management

February 20, 2011

I work for Berrett-Koehler Publishers in San Francisco.  Our bi-weekly e-newsletter, the BK Communique, ran this Marshall on Managment contribution in the BK News section of the February 17, 2011 issue.

Our VP for Editorial and Digital Initiatives, David Marshall, is also a bestselling author and has held numerous executive-level positions with global companies. Here David obliges us with five lessons on management — three for self-management and two for managing others:

Managing Yourself…

#1 Plan your career, or it will plan you (lifelong tip): In a previous entrepreneurial life, I spent many hours with Richard Bolles, the acclaimed author of What Color Is Your Parachute? Dick says that the vast majority of people fall into jobs that have nothing to do with their values; it’s no wonder so many are unhappy with their careers. Confucius said “find a job you love, and you’ll never work day in your life.” There is much wisdom in those words. In college, I created a 50-year career life chart that I have updated every five years as new life experiences re-shaped the original plan. It is vital to have a vision of where you want to be professionally in 5, 10, and 20 years. If you don’t, you will let external factors drive your career instead of you steering it.

#2 Grow or die (annual tip): Many managers and leaders, usually at the 50-yard line or beyond, conclude that they have learned all there is to learn, figured out what management style works best for them, so just settle in and execute. This is a tragedy. Don’t go stale. No matter how advanced your career, no matter how much success you’ve had, take a blank piece of paper at the beginning of each year (it’s not too late for 2011), and write down five things you want to learn or improve upon as a manager and leader. Choose things that you can realistically accomplish with intention and attention. Pick the most important one and create quarterly milestones for yourself so you can measure your progress. Grade yourself at year end.

#3 Fortify your life blood: your daily time (daily tip): Choose the number of hours you work each week; don’t let it choose you. For some, it’s 40; for others, it’s 70. Embrace that number and then prioritize projects within it. Steven Covey advises us to do first what we prioritize as the most important rather than let others choose which things we do first based on their priorities. Avoid letting new requests from others re-prioritize your day, week, and month. Learn to respectfully say no or “yes, but later” when necessary. Every committed project advances or slips based on what’s in front or behind it. If I lose control of my time, I feel stressed, guilty, and de-motivated—and don’t even want to go to work. It’s deadly.

Managing Others…

Managing myself and managing others are connected at the hip. 1) If I am not happy at work because I am in the wrong career, 2) if I have lost my desire to keep learning throughout life, or 3) if I have lost control of my time, woe be to those I manage; they will suffer because I did not nurture my own management soul first.

#4 Practice permission-based leadership: Employee and company stakeholder empowerment is not just a buzzword. As Harvard Business School professor and new BK author Bill George said to Steve Piersanti and me recently (I’m paraphrasing), “the era of top-down ‘command and control’ leadership is over.” My experience is that people work harder, longer, and with higher quality if they are inspired and motivated by their manager, not brow beaten. As head of the BK editorial department, it’s not my right to lead the team. I receive permission every day from Bonnie, Jeevan, Neal, and Steve to lead it. They hold the power, not I. If I serve them well, miracles happen. This is equally true of cross-departmental and cross-divisional leadership.

#5 Be hard on the issues, soft on the people: Many assume that you are either soft on the issues and soft on the people (good cop), or hard on the issues and hard on the people (bad cop). However, it is indeed possible to be a strong-willed manager who asks employees to stretch themselves every day without being a tyrant. A common dysfunction resulting from the “hard on the issues, hard on the people” management style is passive-aggressive behavior whereby co-workers, who are under harsh personal treatment from managers, outwardly agree to support the bad cop’s directives but don’t follow through. Managers who learn to be hard on the issues but soft on the people—both good cop and bad cop in the same person—are more effective and successful in the long run.

A final note on humility and resilience: Either lose your ego or don’t seek or accept a management position. I aspire to the five tips above but am not always successful. I regularly fall, but pick myself up and try again. Fail fast and often, learn from the slips, and bounce back; that’s the overriding lifelong learning tip I can share.

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Story Time – Valuing the Past

November 17, 2009

This is a great article from the Wall Street Journal called “Story Time: The Heck with looking foward. There’s value in looking back.”  It is about the wisdom of telling stories from the past to younger family members as “a deft way to transmit lessons about life while strengthening generational bonds.”  It also includes this provocative quote from Austrian psychiatrist and Holocaust survior Viktor Frankl (author of the classic Man’s Search for Meaning) on the value of reflecting on past accomplishments as one grows older: “Why should the old envy the young,” he asked, “for the possibiliteis that a young person has?”  Instead of possibilities, I have realities in my past, not only the reality of work done and of love loved, but of suffering bravely suffered.”  Here’s the full article.

The Book of Myself – Early Years – This significant illness or injury scared me:

August 28, 2009

On a spring day in third grade my arm burst open.  I lived in a tough neighborhood but it wasn’t a switchblade that did the damage.  I was collating documents after school with some friends and one of them starting throwing sharp pencils at me.  Some of the points broke the skin.  I put up with it for a while but finally got so mad I starting chasing my tormenter around the tables, with him laughing all the way.  He rushed out a courtyard door—the kind with wood around the edges and mini window panes in the middle—and slammed it behind him.  I pushed the door open with my left hand, aiming for the wood but hitting one of the window panes instead.  My short-sleeved arm went through the broken glass up to my elbow.  I didn’t even realize what had happened.  I yanked it out and ran into the sunlight.  I was kind of dazed by the brightness, and wondered why my friend had stopped running.  He had one hand on his mouth, pointing with the other to my red arm.  Blood was spurting up four inches into the air like an upside down faucet.  I was scared to death and couldn’t move, but I let out a howl from way deep inside.  It went on and on and on.  One of our neighbors heard me screaming, rushed up and scooped me up into his arms and ran to the hospital across the street.  I passed out somewhere along the way.  When I woke up my mom was by my bedside in the emergency room, stroking my hair.  Her eyes were swollen.  I squeezed her hand as tightly as I could. 

A week later Mom took me to our regular doctor to get the stitches out.  He was shocked.  He told her that for a serious injury like mine, the doctors at our community hospital should have put in about seventy stitches instead of twelve.  Mom told him the nurse did it.  He just shook his head, pulling the nylon threads out one at a time while I winced.  “There’s going to be a big scar,” he said.  Mom frowned but I just smiled.  In my neighborhood, scars were badges of courage.  The bigger, the better—and the badder.           

The wound healed into the shape of a carrot, with the green stalk on top at the wrist, and a juicy fat carrot underneath, ending in a point toward my elbow.  When I walked the halls at school, kids yelled out, “Lemme see yo carrot.”  I was so proud.

Picture of Me: Who I Am in 221 Questions

March 13, 2009

Next week Broadway Books is releasing a new book co-authored by my wife Kate and me: PICTURE OF ME: Who I Am in 221 Questions.  Here’s a fun little video showing how to make it come to life:

Celebrate this moment – who you are, where you are in life, and where you want to be – by capturing in this guided journal all the things that make your life unique.

Picture of Me: Who I Am in 201 Questions, by Kate and David Marshall, Broadway Books, March 17, 2009, $13.95.  For details on this book and our other family fill-in-the-blank journals, visit our Marshall Books website:

Thanks for watching our video, David Marshall

February 10, 2009

The Contra Costa Times in Walnut Creek, California published an article today that combines concepts from three of our books The Book of Myself, What I Love About You, and our new book, Picture of Me, just in time for Valentine’s Day:

Readers Pen Six-Word Memoirs About Love...

Of course the most famous six-word memoir is from Ernest Hemingway: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”

I like this line from the article by Jackie Burrell:  “The very notion of a six-word memor is a perfect fit today, Fershleiser remembers thinking, “when everything is voyeuristic and confessional, and everyone blogs.”

The article is full of six-word expressions of love for cupids pondering what to say, do, or write for February 14, 2009.

But back to the six-word life memors,  I know I will want to modify this soon, but here’s mine as of today:

“Cult boy discovers freedom, makes difference.”

What’s your whole-life or the “Tales of Love” version?

David Marshall

The Book of Myself: MIDDLE YEARS – WORK & RESPONSIBILITIES – If I could have changed professions in mid-stream I would have become a:

August 29, 2008


Book Publishing Digital Community Builder.  I actually did this.  After a 25 year career in the software industry, I decided to make a major career change when I turned 50 in 2005.  I was looking for a vocation where I could make a difference and change people’s lives for the better.  After spending two years writing a non-fiction narrative to help young people discover their voice and freedom, I joined Berrett-Koehler Publishers (BK), a small book publisher in San Francisco in October of 2007.  The mission statement of the company is Creating a World That Works For All, at the individual, organizational, and societal levels.  BK Life serves individuals with personal development titles on career and life planning.  BK Business serves organizations with progressive management and leadership books.  BK Currents addresses social, political, and economic justice and global sustainability.


I joined the company to help it make the transition from printed books to the brave new digital world.  Just like the music and newspaper industry, book publishing is going through a radical transformation.  These days, many people are starting to read on iPhones, Kindle, and Sony electronic reading devices.  Now BK sells e-books alongside every new printed book, and we are selling article-size content from our authors as well.  We are building an online community of BK stakeholders, which includes readers, authors, agents, printers, book designers, manuscript reviewers, and BK staff members.  We help authors produce videos, blogs, and podcasts and feature them on our website,  You can also see some of our BK Author Video segments on the Other Books section of this website.  We’ve also established a BK presence on Facebook, YouTube, and Scribd.


But one thing surprised me about the book industry.  I thought I would be slowing down by moving from the fast-paced software field into the more staid field of book publishing—but it has been anything but.  I’m working harder than ever before, but since I get such pleasure out of helping people grow, it hardly feels like work.  What was it that a wise person once said: “Do something you love, and you’ll never work another day of your life.”  That’s what it feels like working at Berrett-Koehler Publishers.


David Marshall

Senior Manager for Digital Communities

Berrett-Koehler Publishers

San Francisco, California USA