Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

O.T. Anyone here ever write a book?

Collapse
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • O.T. Anyone here ever write a book?

    OT Anyone here ever write a book? If so, was it published by a traditional publisher or did you self-publish. Any thoughts or experiences would be helpful. Gary P. Hansen
    In memory of Marine Engineer Paul Miller who gave his life for his country 7-19-2010 Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Freedom is not free, it is paid for with blood.

  • #2
    I just published my master's thesis on solving a bottleneck in a production line with a custom built cnc lathe that I designed and built. It won the best thesis award within the college. Does that count? The bookbinder cast all the title and cover text in lead for the printing. Kind of cool actually. He also had some slanted (30*?) wooden storage drawers for the type. How cool those would be for tool storage!

    --Doozer
    Last edited by Doozer; 03-28-2010, 10:07 PM.
    DZER

    Comment


    • #3
      My wife published two hardback volumes of her family tree and a soft cover of my family tree. She publishes copies of court records and sells them. She has to pay to publish and makes the profit off the sales.

      I write a lot of letters to the news papers but no books.
      It's only ink and paper

      Comment


      • #4
        Book

        Ask Alistair Hosie.

        If I recall correctly, his wife has written and had several published - I'd guess not on HSM/shop stuff though.

        I am sure that Alistair would help - PM/email him if he doesn't show up here.

        Comment


        • #5
          Sure. I am on page 29248 and something....
          Free software for calculating bolt circles and similar: Click Here

          Comment


          • #6
            Originally posted by Evan
            Sure. I am on page 29248 and something....
            Would that be considered self published or published by Village Press?

            Brian

            PS. Good book so far.........
            OPEN EYES, OPEN EARS, OPEN MIND

            THINK HARDER

            BETTER TO HAVE TOOLS YOU DON'T NEED THAN TO NEED TOOLS YOU DON'T HAVE

            MY NAME IS BRIAN AND I AM A TOOLOHOLIC

            Comment


            • #7
              Nothing is stopping you from getting your own web page and selling your book in pdf format with paypal.
              Of course it will only take a few nanoseconds for it to pop up on bit torrents.

              Comment


              • #8
                Originally posted by garyphansen
                OT Anyone here ever write a book? If so, was it published by a traditional publisher or did you self-publish. Any thoughts or experiences would be helpful. Gary P. Hansen
                Yes, "Programming with Threads" back in 1996. http://www.amazon.com/Programming-Th.../dp/0131723898

                This was a traditional publisher.

                Some pointers:

                * Make sure to have the rights revert to use after the book goes out of print for a while. This may require negotiation, but stick to your guns.

                * Editors these days don't seem to do much editing; plan on organizing your own proof reading & grammar help, esp. if the book is technical.

                * Be prepared to fight for what you want; no one else will. I wanted a cover on our book of a Jacquard loom, as that was the first programmable device - and it used threads :-)! They claimed they couldn't find a picture, sigh.

                - Bart
                Bart Smaalders
                http://smaalders.net/barts

                Comment


                • #9
                  A dynamic steam-driven gent called Stanley Graham has described how he decided to start writing and publishing books, in a forum he runs (‘One Guy From Barlick’ - OGFB). He was quickly put on to a firm called Lulu. You write and illustrate your book, e-mail it to them, and they do the rest.

                  He describes the development of his project in the long thread below……
                  http://oneguyfrombarlick.co.uk/forum...ea&whichpage=1

                  ……. And has since started a separate thread called ‘Publishing on Lulu’:-
                  http://oneguyfrombarlick.co.uk/forum...LU&whichpage=1

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    My wife Bronwen has written many books and is currently writing another on the life of Robert Burns (poet)she has nothing to do with publishing or selling that is all taken care of by the people who ask her to write the books.See here Alistair
                    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Growing-Up-in-...item335b28ca23
                    Please excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      I guess I wrote one, but don't remember???? I am constantly being told that when it comes to "screwing up" that I wrote the book.

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        I'm co-authoring one on SCADA (Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition) and even co-authoring its a lot of work. We have Identified some potential publishers, but do not expect to get rich. As another pointed out plan on being your own editor which is one of the reasons for the co-authorship. We'd love to have a "Harry Potter" but just don't think we'll reach that level of sales.

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          I wrote my Book on Watt Pottery in 1995. Published by Schiffer Publishing. It's still selling, Schiffer never remainders their books.

                          Dennis

                          Comment


                          • #14
                            This is one of the publishers we are targeting for our SCADA book:

                            http://www.sdcpublications.com/

                            Comment


                            • #15
                              Publishing

                              I have several books out both self-published and by established publisher. It is easy to self-publish with today's online marketing and transaction services.

                              http://www.svpvril.com/dalebiblio.html

                              Comment

                              Working...
                              X