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        ProgWriter [programmer + writer]

        ProgWriter [programmer + writer]

        Lessons learned on my path from ordinary developer to writer of multiple programming books—that sell


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        Table of Contents

        Foreword by Nathan Barry

        Introduction

        I My Story

        • Humble Beginnings
        • Learning Node.js
        • Mastering a Niche
        • Going Traditional

        II ProgWriter

        • Why Write Books
        • Why Write a Programming Book
        • Traditional vs. Self-Publishing
        • The Time Spent Writing
        • The ProgWriter Creative Process

        III Writing

        • Researching The Topic
        • Technical Book Categories
        • Testing Your Topics
        • Writing The Manuscript
        • Markdown for The Win
        • Health

        IV Publishing

        • Structuring The Book Properly
        • Summarizing Chicago vs. AP Styles
        • My Style: Paragraphs, Lists, Asides
        • Dealing with Source Code and Figures
        • Editing, Design and Finding Help

        V Marketing

        • Spread The Word
        • Have a Platform
        • Marketplace vs. Storefront
        • How to Improve Amazon Sales
        • Pricing
        • Packaging and Bundling
        • Up-selling and Cross-selling
        • Launch
        • Things to Avoid

        VI Q&A

        • Should I have a dedicated website?
        • Should I prepare a launch plan for my book?
        • How to market to other developers (some of them who think everything should be free)?
        • What tools/programs do people use to write a technical book?
        • How do you go about the editing and

          proof-reading? Do you have a technical editor and a normal editor?

        • Any tips on topics or ideas to write about?
        • How to structure the book?
        • How much to write each day?
        • Any techniques on list building, beyond just blogging?
        • Should I create webinars?
        • What do you use to publish a book on

          Amazon?

        VII Successful ProgWriter Survey

        Outro

        Appendix A: Absolutely Bare Minimum Markdown Cheatsheet
        Appendix C: Tools and Services
        Appendix C: Traditional Publishers
        Appendix D: International Publishers

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