Category: writing

Learning Spring Boot – 2nd Edition Rewrite is complete

I have finished updating every chapter of this book to the Reactor-based paradigm. And boy did it take a lot! In case you missed it, when I embarked upon writing this book for Packt Publishing, I decided to start from scratch. The previous edition, as much as I enjoyed it, wasn’t bold enough. This time,…


The “spice” of Pre-Edits

This blog post is coming to you late because I’m neck deep in pre-edits. Since I signed a contract for Darklight, I have had a checklist of things to get done for my publisher, Clean Reads. The most exhausting: pre-edits. Pre-edits are an opportunity to clear away the proverbial brush. There are LOTS of things we…


I signed a contract!

Something I’ve been working on for seven years now has taken a big turn. I signed a contract with Clean Reads to publish my novel, DARKLIGHT! I’m pretty stoked about this. Of course it will be lots of work. Not even sure if it’s coming out this year or next. Either way, it’s going to…


Marketing your book with a launch group

I’ve recently been working on building up a new aspect of marketing – forming a launch group. A launch group is a close knit circle of people that help you get the word out when your book, as they say, hits the stands. I have two fronts in progress: Darklight and Learning Spring Boot 2nd Edition….


How to write a tech book, or how I stopped worrying and learned to love writing

I just sent in the last chapter of Learning Spring Boot 2nd Edition’s 1st draft. And my brain has collapsed. I’ve been working for several months on this 10-chapter book that embraces Spring Boot 2.0 and reactive programming. There are several books out there on reactive programming, but I believe this will be the first…


Dos and Don’ts of Marketing

When it comes to selling books, there are gobs of opinions out there. And there is no one way. But there are many dos and don’t when it comes to marketing. In this post, we’ll try to capture a handful of them. Do – take advantage of every opportunity to market Never ever EVER pass…


Building your platform – Part IV

In the previous post, Building your Platform – Part III, we discussed why building a mailing list is as important as building a site. In this article, we’ll dig into some advanced techniques where you can link together the key facets of your platform to push things to the next level. Pages vs. Posts I’m…


Building your platform – Part III

In the previous article, Building your Platform – Part II, we discussed how to integrate blogging with social media and why it’s good to write more on your own platform, while using social media as a channel to reach others. This week we are going to talk about building a mailing list and why it’s…


Building your platform – Part II

Last week, we took a dive into Building Your Platform – Part I. We learned why it’s important to start building our own site, yesterday. Over time, a site can turn into a key part of your platform. In this post, we can see what role social media should play with our nicely built site….


Building your platform – Part I

Something I run into time and again is this concept known as Building Your Platform. I’ve decided to provide some useful bits of knowledge I’ve acquired through a series of blog posts. What’s a platform? For starters, what is a platform anyway? When it comes to writing, your platform is the place where you can…