What it takes to write a book on IT
February 27, 2014 Leave a comment
As you might know currently I am authoring a book on Microsoft hybrid cloud. The book will explain Windows Azure IaaS and how to connect on-premise Windows Server/System Center infrastructures to Windows Azure to create a hybrid cloud. The book will discuss cloud computing, Microsoft Cloud OS, Azure datacenters, VPN, PowerShell, Hyper-V Recovery Manager, App Controller, StorSimple, Windows Azure Pack, billing, costs structure, administration, monitoring and much, much more.
In a series of blogpostings I will describe my experiences in writing this book. This first blog in the serie will give you an indication about the tasks involved in writing a book.
One thing to consider when wanting to write a book yourself: it will take LOTS of time.
Things I did/ do to write the book:
- discuss contract and content with the publisher
- discuss with girlfriend about sponsoring 😉
- create the outline. This provides the publisher an indication about content,
- do research on content for the book.
- install software in testlab. Create screendumps etc.
- write first draft of chapters
- search for reviewers
- contact with Microsoft
- write TIS. This has description of the author and content of the book. Used for publication at sites like Amazon.com
- write bio used in book.
- fill in invoice forms for publisher. During severall stages of the book an invoice is sent.
- create images
- contact with publisher with questions on reviewing etc
- contact with reviewers
- process reviews made by publisher and reviewers
- monitor status of delivery of reviews
- write blog for promotion
- write final draft of chapters
Hope this gives an impression of the amount of work. My book will have about 250 pages. I estimate I will need about 200-250 hours to do all the tasks involved in writing the book.