Following my article on Software Engineering Daily, here are some practical things that will help you if you’re considering taking on a technical book project.
Identifying a Publisher
While it is easy to self-publish today. The recognition comes from having worked with a traditional publisher as they have processes that ensure a level of quality. Not all publishers are equal, and some publishers are attributed with more prestige than others. In addition to this, some publishers are willing to take a risk on a subject and/or author. Have a look at the titles already published, and whether there are any publishers you can connect to.
When comes to contacting the publishers, most of their websites will have a page for recruiting authors. Some are easier to find than others. Here are a couple:
If, or when you get to talk to a publisher it is worth ensuring you understand how their editorial process works and what is expected from you? Plus what happens if you find yourself in the position of not being able to work to the original schedule. Day-to-day work can get in the way which you hadn’t expected.Continue reading