July 16, 2004

News & Opinion: Beating the Business Cycle - The Book

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 3:53 PM – Filed under: Current Events & Public Affairs

Todd - thanks for the plug for my CNBC interview.
Todd thought you would be interested in hearing about the process of writing the book. I didnt just wake up one day and say I want to write a book. Rather, I got a phone call from a book agent who typically does Hollywood type books. He had an office in New York and had seen me do a few interviews with Lou Dobbs on CNN. This was in early 2002 and people were still stunned by the 2001 recession. He was intrigued by our take on the whole thing, and appreciated the way that the explanation provided by our various leading indexes was understandable to him, a non-economist. He asked us to write-up a one sheet description of what we thought would be of interest to the man on the street and then he showed it to the people at Doubleday. Business books were doing horribly at the time, but our story was so outside the mainstream that they offered us a deal. I have to say, I underestimated how much work goes in to writing a book.

About Dylan Schleicher

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.