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Conference Driven Publishing

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My talk from the 2015 London Perl Workshop

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Conference Driven Publishing

  1. 1. Conference Driven Publishing
  2. 2. A talk about procrastination
  3. 3. A talk about procrastination * Not written while sitting in the previous talk, honest!
  4. 4. Conference Driven Development
  5. 5. The theory
  6. 6. 1. Propose talk (about something cool, but unwritten)
  7. 7. 2. Stuff happens
  8. 8. 3. Give talk (to rapturous applause)
  9. 9. The practice
  10. 10. 1. Propose talk (about something cool, but unwritten)
  11. 11. 2. Other (more interesting, but not at all useful) stuff happens
  12. 12. 3. Give talk about all the stuff that should have happened (and might still happen in the future)
  13. 13. Conference Driven Publishing
  14. 14. LPW 2014
  15. 15. That's TODAY!
  16. 16. How's it going?
  17. 17. It's not finished
  18. 18. What have I done?
  19. 19. Process is important
  20. 20. Good tools are important
  21. 21. Input format -> epub -> mobi -> pdf
  22. 22. Markdown
  23. 23. Pandoc
  24. 24. Pandoc Markdown epub→
  25. 25. Kindlegen
  26. 26. Kindlegen epub mobi→
  27. 27. Calibre
  28. 28. Calibre epub pdf→
  29. 29. That all happened months ago
  30. 30. What have I been doing since then?
  31. 31. 2. Other (more interesting, but not at all useful) stuff happens
  32. 32. I built a secret web app for my wife's school
  33. 33. Which blew up the day it went live
  34. 34. I prepared for YAPC Europe
  35. 35. I've been preparing for The LPW
  36. 36. I'm doing all sorts of things that aren't getting this bloody book written
  37. 37. I'm procrastinating
  38. 38. The book is not finished
  39. 39. Realistically, the book will not be finished next year either
  40. 40. Far too many other interesting projects
  41. 41. Let me know if you're interested in taking the project on
  42. 42. I'm happy to help in any way I can
  43. 43. However
  44. 44. Remember that toolchain I developed?
  45. 45. Markdown + Pandoc + Kindlegen + Calibre
  46. 46. That would work for you too
  47. 47. The large publishers have mostly given up on new Perl books
  48. 48. The large publishers have mostly given up on new Perl books* Although I hear they're looking for authors for Perl 6 books
  49. 49. That doesn't mean we have to stop writing them
  50. 50. Amazon makes it easy to publish and sell ebooks
  51. 51. Amazon makes it easy to publish and sell ebooks * Other ebook marketplaces are available
  52. 52. Perl book publishing as a cottage industry
  53. 53. Write the books you want to see
  54. 54. (Or persuade other people to write them)
  55. 55. There's no minimum size for ebooks
  56. 56. Plack Handbook http://handbook.plackperl.org/
  57. 57. “Perl Module Reference (two volumes), compiled and edited by Ellen Siever and David Futato”
  58. 58. Show the publishers that people still want Perl books
  59. 59. That's how “5o Shades of Grey” got started
  60. 60. Don't procastinate
  61. 61. Write a book
  62. 62. Dave Cross @davorg dave@perlhacks.com

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