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Writing the Next Great Tech Book

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Presented at All Things Open 2018
Presented by Brian MacDonald with Pragmatic Bookshelf
10/23/18 - 12:45 PM - Front-End Engineering Track

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Writing the Next Great Tech Book

  1. 1. Writing the Next Great Tech Book Brian MacDonald All Things Open 2018 brian.macdonald@pragprog.com @bmac_editor
  2. 2. Street Cred Slide Brian MacDonald brian.macdonald@pragprog.com @bmac_editor Brian MacDonald @bmac_editor
  3. 3. Why write a book? Brian MacDonald @bmac_editor
  4. 4. Why write a book? 1. Share what you know Brian MacDonald @bmac_editor
  5. 5. Why write a book? 1. Share what you know 2. Fringe benefits Brian MacDonald @bmac_editor
  6. 6. Why write a book? 1. Share what you know 2. Fringe benefits 3. $$$ Brian MacDonald @bmac_editor
  7. 7. Pre-writing Refine the idea Brian MacDonald @bmac_editor
  8. 8. Pre-writing Refine the idea Solve a problem Brian MacDonald @bmac_editor
  9. 9. Pre-writing Refine the idea Solve a problem What will the reader be able to do? Brian MacDonald @bmac_editor
  10. 10. Pre-writing Refine the idea Define the audience Brian MacDonald @bmac_editor
  11. 11. Pre-writing Refine the idea Define the audience Define the approach Brian MacDonald @bmac_editor
  12. 12. Pre-writing Refine the idea Define the audience Define the approach Define the scope Brian MacDonald @bmac_editor
  13. 13. Do some homework Brian MacDonald @bmac_editor
  14. 14. Make an outline Brian MacDonald @bmac_editor
  15. 15. Make an outline Brainstorm tasks Brian MacDonald @bmac_editor
  16. 16. Make an outline Brainstorm tasks Put tasks in order Brian MacDonald @bmac_editor
  17. 17. Make an outline Brainstorm tasks Put tasks in order Dump Chapter 1 Brian MacDonald @bmac_editor
  18. 18. Find a publisher Brian MacDonald @bmac_editor
  19. 19. Find a publisher Research the catalog Brian MacDonald @bmac_editor
  20. 20. Find a publisher Research the catalog Make a contact Brian MacDonald @bmac_editor
  21. 21. Create a proposal 1. Marketing info a. metrics Brian MacDonald @bmac_editor
  22. 22. Create a proposal 1. Marketing info a. metrics b. competition Brian MacDonald @bmac_editor
  23. 23. Create a proposal 1. Marketing info a. metrics b. competition c. why you? Brian MacDonald @bmac_editor
  24. 24. Create a proposal 1. Marketing info a. metrics b. competition c. why you? 2. Outline Brian MacDonald @bmac_editor
  25. 25. Create a proposal 1. Marketing info a. metrics b. competition c. why you? 2. Outline 3. Sample Brian MacDonald @bmac_editor
  26. 26. Self-Publishing Why not DIY? Brian MacDonald @bmac_editor
  27. 27. Self-Publishing It’s about the money. Mostly. Brian MacDonald @bmac_editor
  28. 28. Self-Publishing All the reward means all the risk. Brian MacDonald @bmac_editor
  29. 29. Self-Publishing Don’t do it all yourself. Brian MacDonald @bmac_editor
  30. 30. Rejection It might not be personal... Brian MacDonald @bmac_editor
  31. 31. Rejection It might not be personal... ...unless it is. Brian MacDonald @bmac_editor
  32. 32. The Process The contract Brian MacDonald @bmac_editor
  33. 33. The Process Find out about the tools Brian MacDonald @bmac_editor
  34. 34. The Process Meet your editor Brian MacDonald @bmac_editor
  35. 35. The Process Brian MacDonald @bmac_editor Acquisitions Editor
  36. 36. The Process Brian MacDonald @bmac_editor Acquisitions Editor Development Editor
  37. 37. The Process Brian MacDonald @bmac_editor Acquisitions Editor Development Editor Tech reviewers
  38. 38. The Process Brian MacDonald @bmac_editor Copyeditor PRODUCTION Acquisitions Editor Development Editor Tech reviewers
  39. 39. The Process Brian MacDonald @bmac_editor Proofreader Copyeditor PRODUCTION Acquisitions Editor Development Editor Tech reviewers
  40. 40. The Process Brian MacDonald @bmac_editor Layout Proofreader Copyeditor PRODUCTION Acquisitions Editor Development Editor Tech reviewers
  41. 41. The Process Brian MacDonald @bmac_editor Indexer Layout Proofreader Copyeditor PRODUCTION Acquisitions Editor Development Editor Tech reviewers
  42. 42. The Process Brian MacDonald @bmac_editor Print Indexer Layout Proofreader Copyeditor PRODUCTION Acquisitions Editor Development Editor Tech reviewers
  43. 43. Programming Elm By Jeremy Fairbank jfelm_ATO_2018 Forge Your Future with Open Source By VM Brasseur vbopens_ATO_2018 brian.macdonald @pragprog.com @bmac_editor Available at www.pragprog.com

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