So it’s 2013! I thought an update on “The Yii Book” would be a good way to start off the year. As you may know, I am behind schedule on the book, but this is apparently how I write books (i.e., always behind schedule). Not that it makes it right. Anyway…Continue Reading...
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[intlink id=”3206″ type=”post”]In my first post[/intlink] in this new series I’m writing, I discussed the process of identifying the book you want to write. This comes down to answering these questions:
- What topic do you want to write about and what do you want to say on that subject?
- Do you have the expertise and writing skills to do that?
Once you’ve answered those questions, and therefore defined the book you want to write, the next step is to get a book deal: officially begin turning the idea of a book into an actual book. Now, to be fair, what it means to be a writer doesn’t always follow these steps (e.g., I’m sometimes lucky enough to be offered book deals without answering the first question), but when you’re just getting started, this is the logical path. Continue Reading…
A little while back, I had a series of emails with a reader named Scott, who was considering an opportunity to write his first book. Scott did want to try writing a book, but didn’t want to jump into the project blindly, and so asked me what it meant, in day-to-day terms, to write a book. We had a few long emails back and forth, that I thought I’d edit/expand upon (my parts) and share here for others to benefit. In my responses, I did try to stress the negative aspects of being a writer, so as to present some of the worst case scenarios. What originally started as a couple of long emails became a long post, and now a series of posts. If you’d rather not read it all, the short advice is this:
If you want to write a book because it’s something you always wanted to do, give it a go, but if you want to write a book to get rich, become famous, or the like, you’re barking up the wrong tree!
Note that my perspective and advice specifically focuses on writing technical books and articles, which is what I do and know best, although much of the advice applies to other types of writing, too. Continue Reading…
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- About This Newsletter
- What Are You Thinking? => PHP 5 Advanced: Visual QuickPro Guide (3rd Edition)
- On the Web => President’s Day Discount at Peachpit.com
- On the Blog => Locale-aware Date and Time Formatting in PHP 5.3
- Q&A => What are some good general programming books?
- What is Larry Thinking => Your Knowledge Portfolio