Writing a Technical BookTechnical book writing
Economics of writing a technical book
In 2017, I co-authored a book for O'Reilly Media entitled Cloud Native Infra-Rail. A lot of intruders have asked me what it was like, so I will try to clarify the trial, the amount of money invested and the pecuniary incentives here. When you have or would like to write a book, I pledge that your experiences will be different.
Brian, our first of three publishers, was presented to me by someone I knew who was already writing her third book. Thought about it for a few months and then presented a book suggestion that included completing a Word file and sending an email to the journalist.
Following a kick-off call, I was asked to find a co-author to help me in writing the book. I' had a whole weeks to find one and then I had to conclude a deal with O'Reilly for appointments and services. I' ve been interviewing some guys and Kris Nova and I complement each other perfect for the contents we wanted to discuss in the book.
While the agreement provided that Kris and I own the copyrights to the contents, O'Reilly has the sole right to use the contents worldwide for the term of the copyrights as they see fit. a. The agreement provides that Kris and I own the copyrights to the contents. After the agreement was autographed, there was a constant rate of work as we both found out how to design the contents and what to review.
O'Reilly offers a writing plattform named Atlas, which is quite good. AsciiDoc, and then O'Reilly's Atlas Plattform can create either Adobe Reader or any other format via the web browser port or viaPI. Attila is working as a distant guitar player, but Kris and I decided to work mainly from a personal git-hub repop.
March 1 our mating dog was given to us, which Kris and I called Andy O'Connor the Andean Condor. It was quite exciting to see the sleeve for the first one, even though the sub-title was revised several times. We' re not supposed to choose the beast, so we knew what to do.
Until the 1/2 drafts were due in early June. At that point we were on our second editors who were not very comfortable with the program, so we got very little feed-back and went with what we had. Writing with minimum interaction with our editors until we were really on the verge of needing the full proof.
We had technical experts we could suggest, but most of the times O'Reilly moved out of a swimmingpool of their confidant experts. Throughout this period, the design was made available as a thumbnail of Safari manuals. There wasn't enough feed-back for me, so I got to more folks and sent them sections looking for someone to tell me it sucked and why.
Fortunately, I found someone who gave me the hard feedbacks I wanted, and I had about 3 working nights to build their changes into the book before it went into post-production. There' have been many big changes over the last week-end, which has been a gamble, but I think in the end it has made the book better.
Later I found out that this number of adaptations is quite normal for our book length. For about 3 we had sent large, strongly noted PDF files back and forth, which was no pleasure in comparison to the pure text-git-work flow of writing. The postproduction took about a whole months and then the book went to print.
It was also released on Safari Books Online and is immediately available. Soon after the book was on the market, we got 6 of each. This was just my own goddamn case and doesn't involve Kris. A few of you asked me how I found the incentive to keep writing.
I am a rather impulsive person and the terms in the agreement were sufficient to spend most of my evenings on-schedule. While I was not sufficiently motivating to achieve the initial 250-page target, I was satisfied with the contents we could provide and how much we achieved. I was Kris' lawsuit was different from mine.
It was all filed and done on schedule, but I would suggest that you have a feel for how you and your co-author work together at the beginning, not the weeks before a date. During the entire writing I felt as if I had written several of them. Firstly, when the definitive design was due, once, when the technical expert's input was included, and once at the end of the post-processing work.
Anyway, this means that we had to take a pause from writing while we were waiting for it. I' d been reading the whole book at least three time and a lot of its contents began to loose importance. Amazons main authors page provides a 1998 inspirational authors page and outdated book sales stats and ranking.
I' m really not sure it makes sense to create the Amazon authoring data outside the claim to the books you write and confirm that you have a horrible book-category. It was a precious use of my epoch as it gave a link to refer someone looking for the book or wanting more information.
So I suggest that anyone who writes a book spends a single evening registering a domainname and setting one up. While AWS Re:Invent I thought it would be great to try a Twitter advertising ad to arouse interest in the book. There was a $50 threshold that purchased 7,648 views (people saw the tweet).
It didn't generate anything and costs $31 a commitment. This book was initially intended to be 250 pages and would have been worth 59.99 dollars. As we were co-author of the book, we received 5% each for natural and 12. That' s breaking down to us everyone gets $. 99 for a bodily book and $. 46 for an e-book.
And Safari Books Online (SBO) will pay depending on how many pages are looked at and how many readers put the book on their own bookshelves (I never knew before why that was one thing). They are paid on the last date of the months following the date on which O'Reilly is paid for the work.
When you purchased a book on February 1, $99 was added to the cheque I got on March 31. Between December and March, the book sells 1337 pieces. Included in this amount are 2 book signatures at CNCF funded meetings, corresponding to approximately 150 book titles.
The book sells an annual total of 222 books on a monthly basis, which is heavily distorted by the first month's 930 bookings. Last months (March) had 34 actual bookstores. Sponsors pay O'Reilly to have the sole right to receive a printable book in either Adobe Acrobat or printable versions. in the book that Kris, I and an O'Reilly journalist agree to.
As soon as the sponsoring artist has signed his agreement with O'Reilly, he can do whatever he wants with the book. Physics textbooks are usually given away at a conference where they can be scanned in ID cards. I' m not sure how many book publishers get sponsored, but it does help a great deal in making people aware of the book, because businesses have a greater exposure in corporate publishing and have a budget for publicity.
Every full book adoption for one months earns me $3,705 and part adoptions give me an amount of money depending on the percent of the book I sponsor (e.g. 5 sections in a book with 10 sections are 50% sponsored). This is much better than I thought, because a one-month full sponsoring is more than all other total annuals.
I will not say exactly what percentages I will get from sponsoring just because I do not want to reveal how much of these third partners are paying and their funds are not my work. I also have some other promotions that I score as e-book purchases, but I never got a clear response, like donations for those work.
There is a small fee for book licencing, but I'm not sure how to use it. Of my assignments, three group have approved the product or document of it, which made me $2.37 cute. In my April 2018 declaration (December?-?March sales) it says that I made $11,554. Fortunately, this number gets better and better over the years.
I' ve been told that 2. issues are a better rates per hours because they have less case outlay with similar sells than the assist, but I have no inception. I am appreciative that group faculty publication it and anticipation it faculty activity them somehow. I' ve learnt that you can't just start writing a book and wait for it to be sold.
There' s a great deal of work ('budget and time') to be done in terms of advertising and it needs more than just users with Tweets to spread the word. That' s why it's important to have a good understanding of it. It' s been humiliating to have my friend and organisations to help us promot and even buy the book to put in people's hand.
Up to now I know only one grammar error, which is a gain in my book (pun intended). This book offered a few other possibilities that I probably wouldn't have had. Up to now I've done a few podcasting sessions, talked at some meetings, done a tutorial and had a few chances to write more work with O'Reilly (some of which I've taken).
Do you think I'd be writing another book? I' d like to upgrade the Cloud Architectural to keep it up to date with the latest sector developments, but another book from the ground up is not a one-year long venture I would be looking forward to at this year. There is nothing else I can imagine I would have done with the amount of quality that I would have had.
This will hopefully give you some insight into what it will take to make a book and what you can await when you do it. It' a tale that' s written in Noteworthy, where every single working days tens of millions come to find out more about the individuals and stories that make the product we like.