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Eugene Dorfling
Eugene Dorfling

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Technical Writing: Publishing your own book

Software engineers are in high demand and people are jumping at the opportunity to join the party and become involved themselves. There are a lot of great resources online to get started on learning the basics and also the more advanced stuff.

The thing is the online courses and materials are mostly generic, teaching you the basics of a programming language or taking you through a simple project. This is great for beginners but as soon as they start to grasp how to use the technology and have done some projects of their own, they want to read up on the more in-depth stuff.

They are specifically interested in how the masters do what they do, what is going on in their minds when they come up with the best solutions. They want to know what the masters have learned through many hours of working on complex problems.

The knowledge that engineers have in their minds is becoming far too valuable for them to keep it all to themselves. It is now more important than ever for you to share your inner workings with these aspiring engineers.

If you are a master or simply have some experience that you think other need to hear, now is the time to share that knowledge with those who seek it.

In order to carry over the knowledge that you have gathered over the years or to share some insight or process that you have recently learned, you can write a technical book about it that aspiring engineers can dive deep into when they are reading up on a specific subject.

Writing a technical book is no easy task and I take my hat off to you for even thinking of sharing your knowledge with those who need it.

I have come across an especially simple process and I have put together an opinionated guide that will make the process a little easier for you.

This is an easy to follow step by step guide that takes you through the whole publishing process so that the only thing you need to worry about is writing.

More specifically it covers:

  1. Introduction to Leanpub an online publishing service and bookstore.
  2. Learning the basics of Markdown and using the Leanpub In-Browser Editor.
  3. Creating a book cover with Canva an easy-to-use online graphic design tool.
  4. Publishing your book in the Leanpub book store.

Use this link to go to the Leanpub bookstore and get your free copy. The guide is available in PDF, MOBI, and EPUB formats.

If you just want to download the PDF version as quickly as possible here is a straight download link.

Enjoy!

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