[erlang-questions] on writing [was: ANN: Designing for Scalability with Erlang/OTP by O'Reilly]
Tue Jul 8 23:35:50 CEST 2014
Should have added.... finding layout and graphics support is what I find
Miles Fidelman wrote:
> Joe Armstrong wrote:
>> So how will you find a good editor?
>> Your book one had "a Phenomenal Editor" and book two a "Horrible editor"
>> I guess I would self-publish if I could find a phenomenal editor, and a
>> phenomenal proof reader and marketer but if I could do all these
>> things I guess I'd just start a publishing company.
> Well... I'm in a funny position, in that I write pretty good prose,
> and get called on to edit a lot of stuff (I spend about half my work
> life writing proposals for a living).
> But... having said that - my observation, from my limited sample of
> two books, and two publishers, is that if one signs with a publisher,
> you're stuck with whomever they assign - so it's a pretty good idea to
> interview and sign off on an editor before signing the book deal. Not
> sure if that's practical or not unless you're a name author. So... if
> O'Reilly routinely assigns good editors, that's a pretty good reason
> to sign with them.
> Beyond that, an awful lot of people I know rely on peers to review and
> edit their writings - quid pro quo and all that. Putting drafts
> online, and soliciting review and comment, seems like another model
> that has worked for some.
> The other choice is to hire an editor - but that starts to get expensive.
> As to marketing - my observation is that most publishers look to their
> authors to promote their works - maybe they'll arrange a book tour for
> you, and maybe they'll pick up some expenses, but probably not for
> small market items. The value add of traditional publishers seems to
> go down day-by-day.
>> Just "writing the damn text" is only a part of the story ...
> Well yeah, but ain't that always the case. :-)
In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice.
In practice, there is. .... Yogi Berra
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