In my last entry, I wrote about my trip to Boston and participating in our first user group in New England. Even though it was winter, I jumped at the chance to go to Boston because I love walking the streets and feeling the history, and I have yet to find a better place in the world to get clam chowder.
I left Boston having a taste of both history and chowder, plus I learned that I could start getting feedback on my new 802.11ac book, 802.11ac: A Survival Guide, right away.
In addition to my culinary and historical interests, one of the reasons I jumped at the chance to go to Boston was to finally meet Meg Blanchette, my editor at O’Reilly. I’ve worked with Meg for more than a year now, and she shepherded the 802.11n book, 802.11n: A Survival Guide, from outline to book without ever needing to meet me face-to-face.
Although Meg has many fine qualities as an editor, I’m going to focus on what that is particularly complementary to me. I like to get things “just right.” Meg is always there to remind me that unless the book is out there to read, it doesn’t count. (Call it the “worse is better” approach to authorship.)
As we sat down to lunch, she told me about O’Reilly’s early release program. Authors release chapters as the drafts are completed. As a reader, you can buy the book and see it develop. New chapters come out, and you get the updates. As authors respond to your comments, you get the updates. Start off with my rough drafts, see new chapters as they are written, and get the finished book when it’s done.
I didn’t need to be asked to participate. 802.11ac: A Survival Guide is now available in early release from O’Reilly. I hope you’ll join me in making it the best book it can be. Read it, comment, and we’ll bring the book to market together.