Thursday, September 3, 2015

Finally the question is answered!

    In today's post I will finally answer a burning question that I have been asked several times by several people over the last month. Most of you all are aware that my first technical book - Mastering jQuery Mobile got published last month. I received several questions from people asking me how I did it? How did I get a chance and so many more, but the question that almost everyone asked me was "Why do you have a picture of a tiger on your cover"?

The Tiger Cub Cover Image
    Initially, I just answered saying it was chosen by my publishers Packt, but then people started getting more serious about the issue. People started raising other questions like did you have any other options, was there any sort market survey involved, any behavioral analysis and so on and so forth. This really wasn't what I had expected!

    So, finally I decided to find an answer to this burning question and now here it is! Yes, we had 3 options other than the Tiger cub which you can see below. The image of the Tiger cub was picked by my co-author +Chip Lambert's sweet little daughter and so we stuck to it and I must say that she has a pretty good choice.




    I would also like to another question that I am sure some people will raise on this, which is, why were these 4 images shortlisted. This is because Packt has a set of images based on a series of books. So when the cover picture for our book was selected over a year back, these were the images that were available. If it were to be selected today, we would have some flower image as our cover picture.

    Hope this answers the big question about our book - "Why is there a Tiger cub on your book cover" and hope you have enjoyed the post. In case you wish to order discounted copies of our book please get in touch with me and I can arrange them for you.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

How I authored a technical book?


Here is the reason why I have not been writing over the last 6-8 months! I was busy writing my first technical book - Mastering jQuery Mobile with +Chip Lambert and what better subject to choose than jQuery Mobile. I have been extremely lucky to get the opportunity to author a book with Chip.

This project started off about a year back, when I was approached by Packt Publishing to review this book that was being written by Chip. I instantly grabbed this opportunity, as I was getting a chance to review some work on a framework that I totally love. Chip had about 4 chapters complete at this time and I had provided my comments on the content of these chapters to the best of my knowledge. I was waiting for the further chapters, when I fine morning, I received a mail from the content editor of the book...

I thought that it would be the next chapter for review. But nope! It was him asking me if I would like to author this book with Chip, to speed up the process as Chip had fallen ill. Now this was a big decision to make, so many unknowns, the original code was not written by me, I did not know what was going to be a part of the further chapters, so basically I would be completely shooting in the dark! I brought up these things with the publisher and I was assured that the on-boarding process would be made very smooth. I finally decided to take the plunge!

Over the next month, I received a whole lot of documents and the contract was signed between the publisher and myself. The work began. We split the pending work between Chip and myself and started working on our parts. The process went through several discussions and delays between managing our work and completing this project. However, we were able to complete the first drafts of all chapters of the book in the month of June.

This was followed by proof-readings and error checks and then a couple of rounds of reviews and then finally the book was uploaded to the printers. The book was finally published on July 31, 2015. The book is now available for purchase at Amazon. In case you wish to purchase your copy or copies in bulk, you can reach me and we can figure out some discount on the total price based on the number of copies needed. If you already have purchased a copy, please take a moment to give us a review on Amazon.

I also signed my first copy and that was such an awesome moment. Never in my life had I dreamt of writing a book, leave alone signing one as an author. But it happened when one of my colleague bought a copy and asked me to sign it for him.


Hope you enjoy the book and learn enough from it, as much as we enjoyed working on it and getting it out to you all...

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