Last week, I finally got to meet my book editors. As I stated in the acknowledgements of my book, I never understood why book authors always profusely thank their editors. I used to think “aren’t they just doing their jobs?” until I had to go through the process.
People often ask me why did I go two months without sleeping in order to make my chapter deadlines. The obvious reason was to create the scholarship fund. But the non-obvious reason was to complete my chapters as soon as possible, as it was my only way of really thanking my editors and the powers-that-be at Microsoft Press for giving me the opportunity to write a book in 3 months. (yes, 3 months from offer to printer – my eyesight is still recovering. I never want to hear an eye doctor say “OMG what have you done?” ever again).
But what I really want to call out is that they are blogging (http://blogs.msdn.com/microsoft_press/) and tweeting (@MicrosoftPress). I really like the ideas they shared with me over lunch for blogging and twittering, so I want to give them some link love and hope you’ll do the same. I’m all for making Microsoft more transparent and (dare i say it) agile.
From Left, Melissa von Tschudi-Sutton, Devon Musgrave, and Me.
Shameless plug #2 for the day: If you go to their blog right now, you’ll see an article about my book and an excerpt of chapter 4.