Self Publishing Technical BooksSelf-publishing Technical Books
Self-publication of a reference book for newcomers
Although the web constantly prescribes the deaths of programmers' books, more and more seem to come out every year. Even though the web is a great resource for information, following a single topic from beginning to end is something very special. In early 2014, when I made my New Year's objectives (because good objectives are better than intentions), I resolved to publish a work.
The purpose of this paper is a little of the why and how of the experience of becoming a self-published technical writer. I have written a Java Bootcamp to help pass through the Java Interviews and you can buy it here. Okay, so why should you be writing a work?
When someone comes to look at your resume and among the many things you have there, you have "published the writer "Technology and from the Start", you quickly realize that you are an authority on it. Or if your work is not a particular type of technolgy, you still find that you are an authority on something, and you have the courage to sat down, struggle, compose an whole textbook, and then find out how to get someone to buy it.
In order to get them to buy your books, you need a following on-line. The second ( and my favorite) is that it's a great way to study. One of the most important things you can do is to find the right words to help you. Even if you think you are good at a topic, to express it in words that will make folks then paying to really force you to play.
In my next work I plan to use a technique that I know almost nothing about, just for the study of it. I' m not the only one; look at this page from the creator of D3.js - he had only done a short script on this topic before he registered to create a complete work.
You' re not going into retirement after your books are published, but if you work well with heavy selling, you can make enough cash so that your important other won't groan when you buy your new game consoles, your laptops, and so on. A favourite line in my house is "We can't allow ourselves to go out for this dinner or this holiday", where I can answer "Don't bother, the books are pay!
Making Self Publishing? To me, I was publishing myself because I wanted to show that I could make a good impression without having an editorial staff send me mad e-mails if I fail. When someone purchases my books, I get an e-mail and I know I can buy supper that night. When you go the conventional way, you still have to persuade someone to release you, you have stringent time limits (quote from James Sugrue, another zoning leader):
You' ll not see any more cash until this deposit has been repaid from the winnings from your account (which can be very small, as it is a percent of the "wholesale cost" of your book). Going through a publishers seems to be more prestigious and reputable means that cash that can definitely work for you according to your objectives.
What do you spell and how do you encourage? A few folks (like Nathan Barry) make an absolutely big buck out of their books because they have a huge fan base that they've been growing for years. Making his first money, he created a Niches website about an architecture test and then packed everything he had posted in his diary into a textbook.
After all, why should someone want to buy something that is already available on-line? In fact, folks like to buy something that's packaged and processed in a single album. I' ve added a number of interesting sections that are not available on the website, but about 70% of the contents are available now.
At the same time I wrote the website Core Java Interview Questions, and then with a broad guideline as I wanted the script to be organized, I began to produce footage as postings for blogs. Conducting some fundamental analyses of Google searching tendencies, I could see what was going on and I could type stuff that met that need.
So I could see what other folks were saying in the box, what was common, and try to imitate that. I learned an absolutely tons for the technical Java songs, which interested me very much. So I began crawling up the Google rankings for a pile of long tail search terms, they began to occupy themselves with the site and sending me e-mails.
And then came the day to make the books. I' ve used a great site that I can't adequately suggest for self-publishers like Leanpub. The Leanpub lets you incompletely resell your books, which is a good way to test the waters to see if your readers are really interested in the subject. I have found it to be the best place to sale my books in relation to converting rates, even when the books are finished.
As soon as I finished the work, I put it on every plattform I could, obviously Amazon, but also with Smashwords to resell it through the iBookstore and all the other market. I' ve been writing new songs for the site for a months or two, and then I just quit.
When someone is kind enough to mail me to say that he loves the product, I ask him to give me a comment on Amazon that hopefully will help the sale there. Together with the funds, I now have a mailinglist with about 2000 persons who are interested in what I have to say.
I' ve got a buttbook on my review, along with essays from a bundle of well-respected geeksites.