This has been in the works for a few months, and I probably should have blogged it before now. Those of you that suffer through my Netcast have been hearing about this for a while. I have decided to self-publish a collection of my SharePoint 2010 blog posts. The title of the book is “Free Advice (And Worth Every Penny).” It contains 43 of my blog posts on SharePoint. They’re broken down into five sections:
- Battling the User Profile Service
- Stuff about SQL
- PowerShell Awesomeness
- Posts That Didn’t Go Anywhere Else.
For each chapter I open with what inspired me to write the blog post. That’s followed by the blog post itself. The third part of each chapter is what I’ve learned since that blog post was written. Sadly, that section has a lot stuff in it. Finally I end each chapter with the comments people have left about the post on my blog. There’s some good information in there too. There’s also a fair amount of “you suck,” so you know I didn’t censor it much.
As a bonus to you all the buy the book Chapter 44 is an eBook exclusive. It’s a chapter that has never been published on my blog, “Todd’s Top Twelve Troubleshooting Tips.” Catchy, eh? The only way to get that chapter, for at least 30 days, will be to buy the book. After the book’s been out for 30 days I might publish Chapter 44 to my blog, I haven’t decided.
My blog posts make fine blog posts (some might argue that) but they needed some cleanup to be good enough for book chapters. I hired an editor to turn them into intelligible English. She did more work than I thought she would have to, but it turned out well. Initially I wasn’t going to have her alter the blog posts at all. After seeing all the problems she found, I’m glad I did.
I’m new to this self-publishing stuff, so I’m kind of fumbling my way around. To get through the process I’m publishing it in phases. The first phase will be to the Amazon Kindle Store and to a PDF file downloadable here. Phase 2 will be getting it out to other devices like Nook, iBook, Kobo, Sony, etc. They take a little different formatting that I’ll need to figure out. The price will be $5 USD. That $5 will get you the book in all of the formats. The files will also not have any DRM. I want this to be as easy for people to consume as possible. I’m working out the logistics of it all, but that’s the plan. You pay $5 once and you get access to it on every platform you want.
The book will hopefully be ready in a couple of weeks. It’s written and edited. I need to finish the cover, then start working on the formatting. Worried you’ll miss out when it’s published? Don’t, I’ll be spamming all over when it’s out. Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, Geocities, and of course, here.
I’m pretty excited about this, and I hope you all are too. I’m curious to hear your feedback about the book once it’s out, and just self-publishing in general.