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Stage fright

So, I was browsing around the internet today and on a whim I decided to google for “Ruby Phrasebook”, the title of my upcoming book. It came up on Amazon.com. I saw the cover of the book for the first time with my name clearly visible as the author and I was overcome with anxiety.

It feels strange. Partially because the time line is so very tight and I am worried that it might not live up to anyone’s standards. And partially because this book writing process has been like nothing I expected. The work flow for development is odd; I don’t have the opportunity to tweak anything I have turned in at a milestone until several months after I submitted it. I have next to no communication with my publisher. If it hadn’t been for this random google, it might have been weeks before I found out I had a book cover, or that they were planning on selling this for $17 - let alone that the book was up on Amazon. And today came news that my contact at Pearson has been downsized.

Well, I still plan on doing my best. It’s my first book and I really don’t know what goes on out there in the “real world” of publishing so what could I compare this to? Anyways, back to the grinding stone ...

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brothercarl
Mar. 8th, 2006 07:53 am (UTC)
Would you say this book is aimed at someone who has already learned Ruby, but is not a full-time expert and wants a handy reference? Like a typical pocket reference book? I personally haven't got around to learning Ruby but after seeing it crop up a lot have become increasingly curious about it.
jasondclinton
Mar. 8th, 2006 06:17 pm (UTC)
Yea, it's a book for people who are familiar with the basic language rules and such. The format is more of a typical pocket reference organized by topic with lots of code samples.

That aside, check out Ruby. I think you'll really love it.
brothercarl
Mar. 9th, 2006 01:06 am (UTC)
Do you have any recommendations for a beginner's book?
jasondclinton
Mar. 9th, 2006 02:48 am (UTC)
The very best book for a beginner is "Programming Ruby, 2nd Edition. It's absolutely fantastic. In fact, it's so good that the book is widely considered the authoritative reference; the style conventions used in the book are responsible for the community-wide standards.
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