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My New Book #5 – New Year

January 22, 2013 Leave a comment

newyr  Now we’re into the new year it seemed a good resolution to keep on top of blog posts a little more.

My new job is currently focused around blogging out content also right now, so wordpress (and others) is becoming my best friend. Isn’t is weird how things change, usually when you almost give up hope.

Anywhere here is my recent progress report.

  • Submitted Chapter 9 (first write) on 10th Jan, actually four days early! A shorter chapter, although still rich, mostly because some topics were better served by summary and directing the reader to specialist content (books, articles etc) than me trying to pretend I know everything about everything.
  • Got a full month until Chapter 10 deadline (10th Feb) which is nice. This is a “bringing it all together” type, and the challenge is getting the messages clear rather than technical content particularly. I also found some old content I wrote intended for another book (never published) with some similar topics so go a good start there.
  • During research I stumbled over some additional items for other chapters, which I regard as lucky and a blessing, rather than giving concerns about why I missed this the first time! Fortunately additional content can be still added so a good catch.
  • Got my first Advance Payment cheque also, paid in installments after submission of a certain amount of content. After taxes and $-to-£ exchange rate it didn’t look quite such a juicy figure at all, however it was really great to receive after the Christmas overspend and a little reward for the hard work.
  • Once this is done I am on the LAST CHAPTER – hurrah! It doesn’t mean its finished just yet, with the Introduction and Appendix to do, plus all the technical and editorial edits. But compared to facing a blank word document and a legal contact to submit a chapter in a month, what’s left is a breeze.
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My New Book #4 – Is that a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel?

December 18, 2012 Leave a comment

Hard Work

As the end of the year approaches the first book-related post to my blog reminds me that its nearly 12months since the inception of this project.

But although the end is almost in sight it seems that it’s taken an inordinate amount of time to get here.

Oh well, at least progress is being made even if it’s slow. Here are the highlights from the last month or two:

  • Delivered Chapter 7 First Write on (new) target date – 23rd November. This one was a big one since a chapter on managing performance is a good chunk of what I think the reader will want. Good amount of graphics again, as I work hard to show real examples of the tools and techniques I am describing. Also means my descriptions on have to be exhaustive making for a nicer experience for everyone.
  • Got some more Technical Edits back, comments all seem to make sense with some really valuable suggestions. I especially liked adding more consideration of use-case into my toolbox chapters. As such I am including an extra index table in each, orientated around which tools you might use during Troubleshooting, Monitoring, and Managing scenarios. Am still going to work on the incorp’s/changes once the first writes are done.
  • Also transitioned into a new job in my company, somewhat thanks to the books to help me get noticed. This currently means a little more writing-time during my UK evenings, as I am now out of numerous calls set on US west-coast time. Probably temporary as the new role ramps up, but the break is really helping getting more time to write.
  • Delivered Chapter 8 First Write pretty much on time – 18th Dec 2012, having sneaked in an extra weekend to finish it off. Mentioned to my publisher that I’m including a larger number of graphics that I had originally planned, roughly 1 per page of text, and despite the potential higher production costs it will produce much richer content. Most are actually screenshots so get printed pretty much as-is, keeping costs lower.
  • Given myself a little extra time for Chapter 9, the final of the larger toolbox chapters, so I get to enjoy a little time off over Christmas and New Year.
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