I had hoped to get DNSSEC Mastery out before my trip next week. That’s not going to happen, thanks to the copyeditor. (And I do mean “thanks” in a completely non-sarcastic way.)
Most of her comments are easily fixable. But she goes into detail on one point that is utterly, completely, compellingly damning. “The thing . . . → Read More: DNSSEC Mastery release
Several tech authors recently contacted me for advice about problems with their publishers. (No publisher in particular, mind you.) Apparently I’ve been doing this long enough that I’m considered an expert. I’m writing this post so I can point these people at it later.
If you’re a tech author thinking of asking for my wisdom: . . . → Read More: Tech Book Contracts
Fast and furious progress these days:
Absolute OpenBSD: Peter has finished the tech edit on the entire manuscript. Chapters 1-18 are copyedited and returned to NSP. Chapters 1-17 are laid out and look somewhat like an actual book. (Seeing a book in laid out forces me to view it with new eyes. It makes me . . . → Read More: Book status, 9 Feb 2013, and the Missing Contest Winner
I have the DNSSec book about a third done, which isn’t bad for spending a week in the hospital this month, and am looking at various publication options. Once the book is finished it’ll be available in print, on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and hopefully iTunes. But I have an option for before the . . . → Read More: Any interest in early drafts?
When you set goals for a year, you need to tell people about them. The potential embarrassment of having to admit failure helps you complete the goals. With that in mind, here are my goals for 2013:
1) I will do three short technology books through my private label (aka “self-publish”). The first, on DNSSec, . . . → Read More: 2013 Projects and 2012 Errata
I’ve made it a practice to not announce book topics or titles until the book is well underway. Writing a big book takes not less than a year (Absolute FreeBSD) and up to three years (Absolute OpenBSD, 2nd ed). Once I hand in the completed first draft to the publisher, there’s editing, tech edits, copyedit, . . . → Read More: Next Nonfiction Book
Amazon recently introduced Author Rank, where they list authors in order of popularity. I’ve had a lot of discussions about this feature and what it means to writers.
Amazon provides a surprising number of features for authors. Their Author Central system lets me see how many of which book sold, and where, over a given . . . → Read More: Amazon Author Rank vs Writers
This post is, “how is the new edition of Absolute OpenBSD coming along?” with a bit of musing on the craft of writing a second edition added in.
I’m always shocked by the number of systems administrators ignorant of networking basics. I don’t care that they don’t know how to choose between BGP and OSPF, . . . → Read More: Writing New Editions
I’m heading out to Oregon for Kris Rusch’s short story workshop in a little while. Additionally, I just got my story collection Vicious Redemption out in print. So, what the heck, here’s a story. It’s short enough that I’m not comfortable putting it out as a 99-cent short, but sufficiently solid that it deserves an . . . → Read More: Keeping Friends
Last August a friend of mine, Colin Harvey, died of a sudden unexpected stroke. He was in my fiction critique group, and we spend several years bashing each other’s efforts. He made it as a novelist, with two books to his credit. I haven’t reached that. Yet.
Today, I learned that one of his stories . . . → Read More: And now for something completely different…