Book contract question
Wed, 29 Aug 2001 22:06:36 -0400
Reza B'Far wrote:
>Wow... Good input...
>I have no clue about these things... I like money, but not desparate for it
>:-) I wasn't really looking at making a good hourly wage off the book ...
>Can do a LOT better than that with side gigs, etc.
>I was thinking it would be a good thing for recognition, etc. (higher
>numbers for the next job)....
well, I came into IT/IS from the world of academia (and in a rather
different field). (aside re: the diss thing--I say: Just kill the diss and
get it over with. I agree with Jim Whitehead about what the PostHoleDigger
is for.) Anyway, for academics, most of our writing in academia--what I'm
familiar with anyway--is about obtaining credentials for a CV. The question
of making money rarely enters into it for most of the people I
know--although I do know people who have fortuitously ended up making a
decent income because they've managed to publish a book or two that ends up
going beyond the academic/university publisher model.
So, I can see why you might want to do it for recognition and credentials
that might make you more competitive. Besides, I just loved handing my
mother something I'd written with my name on the cover so she could flip
through it and I could watch her eyes glaze over. :) Made me so proud.
>BUT, it's good to know this is too low...
You could use the info to negotiate a better deal, I think. I'd ask them
for some money up front, especially if you think that the book is likely
>Any one else have experience with this stuff...?
I can ask more folks, but they're not generally in IT fields, so I don't
know how much help their advice would be. If you don't get feedback, let me
know and I'll ask them anyway.
>PS: "I'm a whore, but not a cheap whore" :-) Just kidding...
heh. whoops. I guess he didn't mean it to reflect badly on you, just the