Welcome to the latest edition of my newsletter. I've got some outstanding news! My new book, PM Interview Questions: Over 160 Problems and Solutions for Product Management Interview Questions, is almost ready for publication and general release.
This is, by far, the most anticipated book I've ever written. Here are some of the emails I've received in the last couple of weeks:
Is there a chance that I can get the book earlier, for a higher price? Will you consider it?
I'm planning to tackle the Facebook product growth manager role. I would like to get an early copy of your book. I am happy to send payment through Paypal or other ways, thank you.
I've got a Google interview coming up in late August. Can I buy an early copy before then?
A select few had a chance to see an early release. Here's what one had to say:
Thanks to this book, I snagged an Amazon Technical Product Manager role at Amazon. You have no idea how grateful I am!
As a special bonus to my readers, to celebrate PM Interview Workbook's imminent release, I'd like to invite you to an exclusive PM Interview Practice group that I created.
Once you're in the group, you can find other PMs who want to:
* Find practice partners
* Share PM job hunt advice
To get an invite, just enter your email address and follow the signup instructions.
So stay tuned for the book's release. And finally, scroll down for some amazing career-related articles that you don't want to miss.
Enjoy the rest of your summer and stay cool,
Lewis C. Lin
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