My big project for the holidays was completing an outline for the next tech book. I’m glad to say that the outline is done. I can’t yet give the title, but I can say:
- It’s huge: 29 chapters in a 25-page outline.
- I have a tech editor, a respected figure in the relevant community. He’s currently reviewing the outline.
- No Starch Press wants it.
- I expect to spend a year writing it, so I would expect a release in early 2012.
The book’s length is a concern. I want to write books small enough for me to hold comfortably in the bathtub. I’m a big guy, but a 29-chapter tech book pushes that limit. I might trim some content, or cover some parts in less detail, to meet that goal.
I don’t announce book titles far in advance, due to problems that’s caused me in the past. (Some day I’ll write up that story, but not today.) I expect that I’ll be far enough along in a few months to announce the title, so: I’ll announce it during my presentation at BSDCan 2011. (And now that I’ve made a public commitment to that date, I’ll have to get cracking!)Stalk me on social media