My friends Linda and Ken from the Microsoft Press team presented a lunch session at TechEd on How to Become a Technical Author. For those of you with technical authoring aspirations but unable to attend said session, I'm poasting a somewhat unreliable mini-summary here. Ken agreed to host a Live Meeting version of the whole session in coming months, so watch for registration info--his presentation in person is mass better than my blogged-paraphrasing of what he told me on the TechEd shuttle back to the hotel.
Books are popular--and someone has to write them. A quarter billion in revenue from computer trade books in US alone last year. Even if things are moving online--books still need authors... Do these things, if you're interested in writing technical books. Ken pointed out that their talk wasn't just about Microsoft Press--these tips are good across the industry:
There might be more to the presentation, but we got off the shuttle at point #4, and so ends my mini-summary. I'll try and get their PPT to share, and will poast registration info for the Live Meeting as soon as I have it.
More about Ken: I lost my glasses and Ken tried to help me find them. We walked all over the conference center after things shut down on Thursday night- registration desk, info desk, security booth, brown cardboard box in security lunchroom.... Though we were unsuccessful, we did get to check out the conference center behind the scenes. I couldn't see what was happening, of course, but I bet it was cool. Also, it sounds like Hunter had an interesting talk with Ken about the future of press books. Check it.