Scott Meyers: Advice to Prospective Book Authors

December 17, 2004

Scott Meyers, author of Effective C++ has put together a guide titled: Advice to Prospective Book Authors.

It has lots of good advice for people considering writing a book. Here are some excerpts from the section on royalties:

You should have some other reason for writing a book than making money from it. A very good reason, I think, is to help establish your credibility as a consultant, or to otherwise use it as a kind of business card. ...authors should never keep track of how much time it takes them to write a book, because if they do, they'll be able to calculate how much they made per hour, and the result will almost certainly be depressing...

In general there are a lot of good tips and guidelines for working with publishers in this article. Some of these points would have been useful for me before writing The ColdFusion MX Developers Cookbook.

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I'm not going to take any advice from someone with a mullet.,GGLB:1969-53,GGLB:en&q=mullet