[erlang-questions] ANN: Designing for Scalability with Erlang/OTP by O'Reilly
Tue Jul 8 23:46:35 CEST 2014
Mark Nijhof wrote:
> It is not funny anymore how many people think that someone writes a
> book for money. Even when self publishing there is not a lot of money
> to be made, I use LeanPub and am very happy with the platform/service
> they offer. And the royalties are good as well, but I need to pay for
> the cover design, the website (if you want something else then the
> default) and for editors to help me improve my content. So far it has
> cost me money.
That does require a comment. A lot of people DO write for money, though
not necessarily looking for all that money to come from book sales.
Academics "publish or perish." Consultants as a marketing vehicle. And
yes, there are people who actually make a living from writing books.
But yes, there are also non-monetary reasons for writing a book -
consolidating learning, as an excuse to do some personal research,
putting experience or thoughts on paper, promoting a position, and so
forth. Even then, few have the luxury to do that without some means of
support - we all have to eat. If one is retired, has a job that
includes writing as a part of it (can you say academia?), an
understanding employer (or an employer who benefits from your writing),
that's great. Otherwise, a grant, a fellowship, or some form of income
> Writing is a huge amount of work, and it is a shame writers don't see
> more of the results.
Absolutely. Writing is real work. One of the reasons my next book will
In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice.
In practice, there is. .... Yogi Berra
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