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Writing a book for Manning Publications Co

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Short presentation made for BarCamp Ghent 2009 about writing a book for Manning Publications Co. I wrote my first book for them in 2005-2006. Currently I'm halfway writing my second book.

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Writing a book for Manning Publications Co

  1. 1. iText in Action Writing a book for Manning Publications Co.
  2. 2. What is iText? • First PDF library: rugPdf (1998) – One Christmas holiday of study – Developed in six weeks time – Not user-friendly: for PDF experts only • 2000: I want my own project! – Rebuild a PDF library from scratch – For people who don’t know anything about PDF – iText hosted at lowagie.com
  3. 3. 2004: Free tutorial
  4. 4. First contact • November 2004: offer to write a book for O’Reilly • April 2005: offer to write a book for Manning
  5. 5. Preparing a book • First contact: Publisher’s Assistant • After evaluation: Acquisition Manager: helps writing the Book Proposal – Short Summary – Detailed Table of Contents – Marketing Overview • Industry review
  6. 6. Book contract • 5 deadlines – Chapter 1 – 1/3 of the manuscript – 2/3 of the manuscript – 3/3 of the manuscript – Final manuscript • “Author Launch”
  7. 7. Writing a book • Development Manager assigns: – Developmental Editor • Helps the writer “developing” his book • Obey the Manning Style Guide! • Review Manager • Coordinates the review process
  8. 8. Production • Production Manager assigns: – Copy Editor – Technical Editor – Lay-out – Proof Reader • Cover Designer • Marketing Manager: go or no-go • Back cover: written by the Publisher himself
  9. 9. Timing First Edition: • May – July 2005: preparing the book • September 2005 – February 2006: writing • March – November 2006: production Second Edition: • August – September 2009: preparing • October 2009 – April 2010: writing • May – August 2010: production
  10. 10. The result
  11. 11. Good reviews
  12. 12. Sales so far Paper book: 7379 copies eBook: 2565 copies Total: 9944 copies
  13. 13. Second Edition!

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