2010-08-16

Textbooks 101

IEEE Computing in Science & Engineering published a small primer on writing your first book (portion from a conference paper of the same title) by Steven Barrett and Daniel Pack, who have now written 6+ books. The article outlines the overall process in writing textbooks, including:
1. considering coauthors;
2. selecting a topic;
3. preparing prospectus (including the books' philosophy, overview, and outline);
4. time commitment;
5. finding a publisher;
6. book contract; and
7. writing the book.
(Some of the questions from the acquisition editor are also good.)

It's a good read if you intend to write a book.
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