Chapter 8 is off to the publisher!

Posted on 15 January 2011

Cliché, I know — but time has absolutely flown by. It’s very hard to believe that the first draft of chapter 8 has made it off to the publisher and only a handful of chapters remain before ultimately, my first book will be published.

I recently printed the entire book up to this point and was very surprised at the stack of paper that sat on my desk, and almost couldn’t remember writing all of it. Will be interesting to hold the final book in my hands and realize the whole thing came from these little fingers.

With 8 chapters under my author belt, here are a few lessons I have learned along with a selection of important observations.

  • I can put an entire chapter together in 48 hours.
  • I can’t really put an entire chapter together in 48 hours.
  • Procrastination is still one of my personal characteristics.
  • I absolutely loath Microsoft Word.
  • Writing is just as much learning as it is teaching.
  • its, it’s, effect and affect still haunt me.
  • More screenshots equal less typing.
  • Writing code at this point is still more enjoyable.
  • My best writing is done early in the day before my mind gets tired.
  • Most of my writing is done late at night after a long day of coding.
  • Printing and reading each chapter helps find mistakes.
  • Microsoft Word’s spell checker doesn’t recognize iPhone.
  • Micro outlining is by far the best way to prepare a chapter.
  • Don’t print chapters with an ink-jet, buy a laser and save your wallet.
  • Auto-editing between brain and fingers gets easier to control.

… this is my short list. 🙂

With chapter 8 submitted and chapter 9 not due for a couple of weeks, it’s time to relax a bit and let the mind prepare for a much more technical chapter 9.



3 responses to Chapter 8 is off to the publisher!

  • Peter Erkamp says:

    Sounds like you got it down! Only a few more chapters to go? Good luck!

  • moses says:

    Just a handful. Pretty amazing how quickly the entire process is coming along.



  • Kenneth Bitz says:


    Congrats. I am very proud of you. Your first book will be “in the bag” before you know it. Then, you will be off building an empire.



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