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BSDCan 2011
The Technical BSD Conference

Michael W. Lucas
Day Talks - 1 - 2011-05-13
Room DMS 1160
Start time 11:30
Duration 01:00
ID 221
Event type Lecture
Track Invited Talks
Language used for presentation English

BSD Needs Books

How Tech Publishing Really Works

A reprise of the talk I gave at NYCBSDCon 2010. Dan invited me, but wanted me to submit so he can put it in the schedule & suchforth.

If you wander into any bookstore, brick or virtual, you'll see books on Linux, Solaris, Macintosh, and even non-Unix-like operating systems. The BSD books are far between. We as a community need to address this if we're to expand our reach.

This talk covers designing, selling, writing, and promoting your own technical book, with a special emphasis on BSD books. I'll cover everything that I wished I'd known before I started, common errors, where the "generally accepted wisdom" is wrong, how to actually complete the book, how you can use your publisher to your advantage, post-publication work, and -- most important -- how to enjoy the process.

This talk will include updates from the version I gave at NYCBSDCon, including insights from the book I'm currently writing.