Wed Mar 2 17:57:31 CET 2005

Michael McDaniel wrote:
> On Wed, Mar 02, 2005 at 09:55:31AM +0100, Mickael Remond wrote:
>>Michael McDaniel wrote:
>>>Can anyone tell me if Mickael Remond's book, _Erlang_Programmation_, is 
>>>going to be
>>>available in English this year?
>>I think that this is not going to happens this year has the project has 
>>not started yet and has I have to find an English publisher willing to 
>>buy the right to the French publisher Eyrolles first.
>>I am working on it however. If you know English publisher that could be 
>>interested, please, do not hesitate to ask them to contact me.
>>Mickaël Rémond
> ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
> Thanks for the information.  I am ready to buy it in French rather than waiting.
> No, I don't really know French but think I could at the least wade through the
> examples.
> The page http://oreilly.com/oreilly/author/intro.csp  contains the line
> 	"* Send proposals and proposal inquiries to proposals@REDACTED"
> ~Michael

I don' think oreilly would go for an erlang book, from their Q & A:
We're NOT looking for:

     * Books that overlap too heavily with our existing books.
     * Books on proprietary technologies that don't have a huge user base.
     * Books on miniscule (i.e., personal or nascent) products, even if 
they are open source.
     * Books on topics that have dismal sales despite quality books 
being available. (If you're addressing a topic where good books have 
sold dismally in the past (for instance, LISP, LaTeX, or Web-based 
training), you have a much higher threshold to clear with your proposal. 
Convince us why there is a revival of interest in your topic, or why 
your approach to a deadly topic will provoke interest nonetheless.)
     * Books that have been rejected by other publishers, in most cases.

Seems there is a strong anti-lisp bent there and I think erlang would 
fall under the "looks lisp-ish" category and I think they would question 
the audience size.

But I like the model, typography and production used for the Ruby book. 
They have a deal to buy the PDF, paper book or both - 
Seems to be good quality and maybe more open to taking a risk. And since 
they are distributed by oreilly, you get the best of both worlds - great 
exposure because the only have a few title so far (all current topics 
and no slumming with MCSE Certification type books), they are just 
beginning to branch out (e.g. 
http://pragmaticprogrammer.com/titles/gwd/index.html) and they have the 
world's best distribution channel for computer related books.

I've cc'd them, maybe it is enough to start a dialog to see if there is 
a fit.


More information about the erlang-questions mailing list