So You Want to Write
       about
        Perl!
  brian d foy, brian.d.foy@gmail.com
      Publisher, The Perl Review
    ...
About me
Wrote my first Perl article for TPJ #9

Then my next for TPJ #11 (Got into The Best
of The Perl Journal)

Later a ...
Reasons Not to Write

  Get rich
  Have more free time
  Quality time with your computer
  Free international travel
Reasons To Write
Your story is Perl’s best advocacy
Learn more about Perl
Become a better writer and communicator
Let peop...
Write now
You can start right away
 Blogs
 use.perl.org
 Perlmonks Meditations
Fancier Places

Perl.com
IBM Developer Works
The Perl Review
Dr. Dobbs, Linux Magazine, Unix Review
Getting the Gig
It’s who you know, mostly
Or you have to have something really
good
Most places won’t be encouraging
Find ...
Publishers want
Interesting content
Good writing
The least hassle
Writers with whom they can work
Something that sells
Wanting the Gig
People need to see your work
Your publisher should promote you
Your writing should take center stage
Be ca...
Introducing
        yourself
Most places have some sort of author or
style guide with instructions

When you propose somet...
Authors at YAPC

brian d foy, Randal Schwartz, Allison
Randal, chromatic, Andy Lester, Larry
  Wall, Damian Conway, Tim Maher
Publishers at YAPC
      brian d foy

     Allison Randal

       chromatic
Perl.com



chromatic (chromatic@wgz.org)

Online, magazine-style articles about Perl
Books


Allison Randal (allison@oreilly.com) O’Reilly
Media, Onyx Neon Press

Apress

Pragmatic Bookshelf
Magazines

brian d foy (brian.d.foy@gmail.com), The Perl
Review

Kevin Carlson (kcarlson@ddj.com)
“Lightweight Languages” ...
Actually Writing
Come up with a good story
Talk about more than just Perl
Learn more than you already know
Show how much y...
Your writing
    sux
Technical reviewers
Develop a core set of people you trust

  Not a single person

Let them see your story

Find a publish...
If a publisher makes a
    lot of changes...

They like your story enough to spend time on it

They are making you look be...
Tips for getting along

Technical writing isn’t literature

You aren’t an artist

If you want more work, accept changes

D...
Summary
Personal stories are good advocacy
Getting the gig is about personal
relationships
You get better the more you do ...
References


“So you want to write a book” - http://
www.oreilly.com/oreilly/author/

TPR Author Guidelines - http://
www....
Q&A
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  1. 1. So You Want to Write about Perl! brian d foy, brian.d.foy@gmail.com Publisher, The Perl Review YAPC Chicago 2006
  2. 2. About me Wrote my first Perl article for TPJ #9 Then my next for TPJ #11 (Got into The Best of The Perl Journal) Later a columnist for TPJ O’Reilly Weblogger, MacDevCenter, &c. Publisher of The Perl Review Lead author of Learning Perl, 4th Edition Lead author of Intermediate Perl Working on Mastering Perl
  3. 3. Reasons Not to Write Get rich Have more free time Quality time with your computer Free international travel
  4. 4. Reasons To Write Your story is Perl’s best advocacy Learn more about Perl Become a better writer and communicator Let people know what you’re doing Let people (Google) know who you are
  5. 5. Write now You can start right away Blogs use.perl.org Perlmonks Meditations
  6. 6. Fancier Places Perl.com IBM Developer Works The Perl Review Dr. Dobbs, Linux Magazine, Unix Review
  7. 7. Getting the Gig It’s who you know, mostly Or you have to have something really good Most places won’t be encouraging Find the right people Have some samples
  8. 8. Publishers want Interesting content Good writing The least hassle Writers with whom they can work Something that sells
  9. 9. Wanting the Gig People need to see your work Your publisher should promote you Your writing should take center stage Be careful about writing for free Talk to other authors about contracts and publishers Published other things you like
  10. 10. Introducing yourself Most places have some sort of author or style guide with instructions When you propose something, be concise and to the point Realize that lots of other people are doing the same thing
  11. 11. Authors at YAPC brian d foy, Randal Schwartz, Allison Randal, chromatic, Andy Lester, Larry Wall, Damian Conway, Tim Maher
  12. 12. Publishers at YAPC brian d foy Allison Randal chromatic
  13. 13. Perl.com chromatic (chromatic@wgz.org) Online, magazine-style articles about Perl
  14. 14. Books Allison Randal (allison@oreilly.com) O’Reilly Media, Onyx Neon Press Apress Pragmatic Bookshelf
  15. 15. Magazines brian d foy (brian.d.foy@gmail.com), The Perl Review Kevin Carlson (kcarlson@ddj.com) “Lightweight Languages” in DDJ.com Formerly published The Perl Journal
  16. 16. Actually Writing Come up with a good story Talk about more than just Perl Learn more than you already know Show how much you learned Describe code in prose Show your work to trusted friends
  17. 17. Your writing sux
  18. 18. Technical reviewers Develop a core set of people you trust Not a single person Let them see your story Find a publisher who will care enough to check Realize they won’t to care as much as you It’s still your job to make it right
  19. 19. If a publisher makes a lot of changes... They like your story enough to spend time on it They are making you look better to the world They’ll hardly ever take credit It’s a normal part of technical publishing
  20. 20. Tips for getting along Technical writing isn’t literature You aren’t an artist If you want more work, accept changes Don’t get emotionally attached to sentences Don’t read it after it’s published
  21. 21. Summary Personal stories are good advocacy Getting the gig is about personal relationships You get better the more you do it You develop a reputation and a resumé You don’t do it to make money directly
  22. 22. References “So you want to write a book” - http:// www.oreilly.com/oreilly/author/ TPR Author Guidelines - http:// www.theperlreview.com/Authors/
  23. 23. Q&A

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