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RE: [ljc] Publish your own technical book

From: Madhusudhan k.
Sent on: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 4:14 PM
Well summarised Martijn.

I'll add one thing: content is (always) King!

If you have a good plot, no one can beat you!!

I have recommended couple of folks to my publisher (O'Reilly) recently - however, when publisher asked them to submit proposals, can't find them! One thing they'll ask you is - couple of pages of write up (plus some additional info - about competition, goals etc) - so have it ready before you hit at them.

Regards 
Madhu 

Madhusudhan Konda
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> Subject: Re: [ljc] Publish your own technical book
> From: [address removed]
> To: [address removed]
> Date: Wed, 27 Jun[masked]:30:47 -0400
>
> Hi all,
>
> So I thought that others who are interesting in publishing might find
> this interesting.
>
> Basically if you don't have at least one book published through an
> established publisher, it can be tough going to get people to buy your
> self published book if you're relatively unknown in your field. This
> can be alleviated if you already have a great reputation in your field
> or have large marketing/PR capacity in your own right.
>
> Some tips if you're going to self publish:
>
> * Start small, convert a few blog posts or write the equivalent of a
> chapter (10-30 pages).
>
> * Make it example driven, that is create the example code/project
> first and structure written material around that. This might seem
> backwards, but it's like a TDD approach for authoring.
>
> * Make sure you get lots and lots of technical peer review
>
> * Make sure you get a great copy editor
>
> * Make sure you understand how to produce the various e-book formats
> and the potential lock-in schemes....
>
> Make sure you have a good understanding on how to teach via the
> written word and who your real audience is. This is not something that
> 99% of us are naturally good at. This is where professional tech
> editors can really help. The great danger is that you write what you
> think is a great piece of tech, it's tech reviewed and the copy editor
> gives it a polish. Only problem is that your message never gets
> across.
>
> Cheers,
> Martijn
>
>
> On 27 June[masked]:20, Alexander Sharma <[address removed]> wrote:
> > sure go ahead
> >
> > On Wed, Jun 27, 2012 at 2:17 PM, Martijn Verburg <[address removed]>
> > wrote:
> >>
> >> Hi Alex,
> >>
> >> Do you mind if I reply on list?  I think it would be helpful for others to
> >> see.
> >>
> >> Cheers,
> >> Martijn
> >>
> >> On 27 June[masked]:27, Alexander Sharma <[address removed]>
> >> wrote:
> >> > No I am a total newbie have never published anything but very interested
> >> > to.
> >> >
> >> > On Wed, Jun 27, 2012 at 12:54 PM, Martijn Verburg
> >> > <[address removed]>
> >> > wrote:
> >> >>
> >> >> Well Ben and I just finished the Well-Grounded Java Devloper with
> >> >> Manning
> >> >> publications (a big publisher).
> >> >>
> >> >> First question, have you been published before?
> >> >>
> >> >> Cheers,
> >> >> M
> >> >>
> >> >>
> >> >> On Wednesday, 27 June 2012, alexander sharma wrote:
> >> >>>
> >> >>> Hi
> >> >>>
> >> >>> I wanted to ask if there are any Authos of books at LJC.
> >> >>> In case they are please contact me.
> >> >>> I am interested to publish my own book and wanted to ask what the
> >> >>> steps
> >> >>> are to do this.
> >> >>>
> >> >>> Thanks
> >> >>>
> >> >>>
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