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How to Write a Book

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June 19, 2013

How to Write a Book

The journey of technical writing from blogger to author.

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June 19, 2013
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  1. HOW TO WRITE A BOOK THE JOURNEY OF TECHNICAL WRITING

    FROM BLOGGER TO AUTHOR
  2. 1. WRITE FOR YOURSELF 2. WRITE FOR OTHERS 3. WRITE

    LIKE YOUR LIFE DEPENDS ON IT
  3. WRITE FOR YOURSELF In the beginning...

  4. Oct 31, 2001 FIRST

  5. BLOGGING Pick a topic.

  6. BLOGGING You will become known for what you write about.

  7. BLOGGING You can change your topic at any time.

  8. BLOGGING Be first. Or second. Or third.

  9. BLOGGING It doesn’t matter if someone else has done it

    before.
  10. You’re going to suck

  11. July 1, 2003 SUCK

  12. BLOGGING An opportunity to practice writing.

  13. BLOGGING An opportunity to validate an idea.

  14. BLOGGING An opportunity to explore a concept.

  15. BLOGGING Chunk your writing. Use headings. Use bullet points. Use

    pictures. Use code examples.
  16. BLOGGING Don’t expect overnight success.

  17. Apr 25, 2005 SUCCESS

  18. PROMOTION Tweet Facebook Google+

  19. “I wrote something that might interest you.”

  20. PROMOTION Don’t harrass others for promotion.

  21. PROMOTION Put it out there and let people share it

    for you.
  22. PROMOTION Establish your personal brand and own it.

  23. WRITE FOR OTHERS Expand your visibility.

  24. WRITE FOR OTHERS Expand your visibility.

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  28. ONLINE MAGAZINES Like blogging Low barrier to entry Some sites

    even pay Establish links back to your site
  29. ONLINE MAGAZINES Sitepoint A List Apart Smashing Magazine Tuts+

  30. PRINT MAGAZINES .net magazine

  31. WRITE LIKE YOUR LIFE DEPENDS ON IT “I’m an author.”

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  35. WRITING IS HARD You’ll severely underestimate the amount of research

    required.
  36. WRITING IS HARD Expect a year.

  37. PRINT Get a publisher. Self-publish.

  38. PRINT Sitepoint

  39. PRINT Apress

  40. PUBLISHER BENEFITS Distribution Advance royalties Credibility Shelf space in bookstores

  41. PUBLISHER BENEFITS Editors Tech reviewers Handle printing Handle book layout

  42. SELF-PUBLISH Snook Printing Co.

  43. SELF-PUBLISH BENEFITS Money. Money. Money. Take a Chance on Me

    Fernando Dancing Queen
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  45. WRITING THE BOOK Word (to your mother) DocBook Latex HTML

  46. WHAT I DID PDF ePub mobi Web

  47. HTML PDF ePub mobi Web

  48. BUT? PDF ePub mobi Web

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  52. PRINCE XML Command line interface Converts HTML and CSS Supports

    Paged Media Supports font-face embedding
  53. PRINCE XML Expensive. $495.

  54. HTML-BASED PDF ePub mobi Web

  55. DISTRIBUTION Amazon iBookstore Barnes & Noble PragProg LeanPub O’Reilly

  56. OPEN A STORE ON SHOPIFY!

  57. OPEN A STORE ON SHOPIFY!

  58. THANK YOU. Twitter: @snookca Web: snook.ca