As I noted last night on Twitter, the project that I’ve been working on since September, titled “JD: Building the Team That Built a Winner,” is now in the can. It’s a look at Jon Daniels and his team of advisors and scouting and player development officials who make up the Rangers’ formidable baseball operations group. The feature digs into where many of them came from and how, in coming together, they’ve helped change the fortunes of a franchise that had never won.
It’s about 31,000 words (reference point: 65 pages in Word, single-spaced, with photos) and will be available within a week in e-Pub and PDF formats. I’m told that the e-Pub will read on the Kindle & Nook, and the PDF will read on the Kindle and iPad, as well as on your computer like any other PDF would.
The cost will be $2.99, and I’m donating a portion of every purchase to charity. I’ve never charged for content like this before, but this is substantially larger than anything I’ve done other than the Bound Editions, and releasing it in an e-Pub format gives us a chance to test the process and see if we might be able to offer next year’s Bound Edition not only in hard copy but in e-formats as well. If you’re not satisfied with this project, I’ll refund your $2.99.
Thanks to my pals Mike Hindman and Adam Zaner for the edits and the guidance, to Devin Pike and Don Titus and Brian Rhea for the work going on right now to turn the document into an e-Thing, to the great Brad Newton for sharing his photography, and to all the folks I talked to for the story itself.
Six sleeps until the next important day on the baseball calendar. We’re hoping to roll this project out by then, if not sooner. Thanks for your patience.