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Joe,
Congrats on the book. Could you post a table of contents or a link to one here? The amazon listing doesn't have that.
I'm curious as to the process you used to write the book - could you share some of your experiences with that? For example, how long did it take, how did you deal with changing versions, were you able to get reviews or support from the Eclipse committers, what do you think about open downloadable draft copies, and so forth. Also any advice you have for people reading this who might be considering writing their own book on any subject.
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http://editorial.mcpressonline.com/web/mcpdf.nsf/wdocs/5059/$FILE/5059_TOC.pdf
 
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Writing a book is a wonderful, horrible, empowering, humbling, gratifying, frustrating experience. You need a huge ego, as well as the ability to have that ego knocked down in size. You need a sense of humor, an ability to weather change, and REALLY good backup procedures.
I've written two books, and both have been very draining experiences for different reasons. My first book was written about a topic which basically I invented so I had completel control, while this second book was aimed at a target that was moving faster than you could see.
My book is up to date with version 2.1 of Eclipse, including every screen shot and every menu and every toolbar. That was quite a feat, since it required basically a complete recapture of every screen just before the book went to press, since the Eclipse team was more worried about functionality than in making my job easy .
I guess I would suggest to anyone considering writing a book that it takes a lot of time and effort. I only made it through the process by the grace of some great editors and a loving and caring wife, and the fact that I didn't sleep much for several months . Do NOT start a book when you're already up to your ears in stuff to do! It's a disservice to you, your loved ones and your readers. Remember, people are plunking down hard-earned cash for your book, especially in these tough economic times. It's your duty to make sure they get value for that money.
Joe
 
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P.S. Thanks for the congrats, Ed, and Pradeep posted a good link to the TOC on my publisher's site. I won't go into my travails with Amazon.com, but that's just one more of the fun things you get to deal with as an author :roll: .
 
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There are other books on Eclipse. However, from the amazon review rating, the books seems to be very good.
How a writer determines the price of his/her book? Or, it is left to the publisher?
 
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Originally posted by Jit Gupta:
There are other books on Eclipse. However, from the amazon review rating, the books seems to be very good.
How a writer determines the price of his/her book? Or, it is left to the publisher?


Jit, in my experience that sort of thing is usually left to the publisher. That includes issues such as discounts and volume pricing.
Joe
 
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