I just shipped the tech-reviewed copy of Sudo Mastery off to the copyeditor. She’ll have it back to me in a few days, and the book will move into production immediately thereafter.
This means that the pre-order discount will expire soon. How soon is soon? It’s soon.
Now I’m off to work on one of . . . → Read More: Sudo Mastery off to copyeditor
How’s that for diverse topics in one post?
I just got back from EuroBSDCon 2013 on Malta. The EuroBSDCon Foundation and Andre Opperman did a great job with the conference, and presented one of the best sets of talks and keynotes and related programs I’ve seen in years. It’s motivated me to try to improve . . . → Read More: EuroBSDCon, and Sudo Mastery
Thursday night, I finished the first draft of Sudo Mastery. Today, I went through the manuscript, removed my known tics, discovered a few more tics that needed killing, cleaned up bits and pieces, and now have a work ready for technical review.
Which is where you lot come in. I’m looking for people with sudo . . . → Read More: “Sudo Mastery” tech reviewers wanted
I just typed the last words of the first draft of Sudo Mastery.
The completed first draft is available for early purchasers. As it’s no longer an incomplete draft, I’ve raised the early purchase price to $8.99. That’s more than the really early buyers paid, but less than the final price. (Selling the early drafts . . . → Read More: First draft of “Sudo Mastery” complete
Most computer books are badly written. The information in the book is fine (usually, hopefully), but the actual craft of writing is poor. They read like computer programs. This isn’t surprising, as most computer books are written by computer professionals. By the time you’re good enough at a computing topic to write a book about . . . → Read More: Book Review: The Practice of Network Security Monitoring
Last weekend I amused myself by tweeting:
Stupid contest: give the title of the tech book I’ve just started writing. If correct, you get to make me a sandwich.
The answer is Sudo Mastery. Obviously. Although there were some amusing and hopeful alternative suggestions.
As with DNSSEC Mastery, I’m making the in-progress draft available for . . . → Read More: next tech book: Sudo Mastery
When SSH Mastery came out, I published the initial sales figures and a followup a month later. The results of publishing one book is not really data, however. It’s one data point.
A second data point is also not data. But it’s twice as close to data as one data point.
Let’s compare and contrast . . . → Read More: “DNSSEC Mastery” business numbers
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