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checkicon Date: Thursday, April 16, 2009
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Getting Published: How to Write a Successful Technical Book Proposal

Commercial publishing is under strain from corporate consolidation and the influence of the Web. What does this mean for aspiring authors and what opportunities does it present? What kind of proposals stand the best chance of acceptance in this climate? This entertaining and fast-moving talk will consider the situation of technical publishing today and the implications for authors. The keys to a successful book proposal will be discussed along with some of the most anxiety-producing parts of the book contract. Finally, some tips are presented for selecting a publisher, managing the production phase, and estimating financial return. The goal is to learn to think like an editor to achieve a satisfying publishing experience.

Tim Cox

Tim Cox is an award-winning editor with over 15 years experience in technical and professional publishing. He has established programs with companies such as Apple and Hewlett-Packard to publish documentation and has also published market-leading college textbooks. Most recently he was a senior acquisitions editor at Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, working in the fields of software engineering, computer graphics, and game development. Currently he is a freelance editor working in the North Bay. He holds a B.A. in literature from the University of Chicago.

checkicon Location:

Cisco Building 7 (across from Tellabs)
Viking Conference Room
1450 N. McDowell Blvd.
Petaluma, CA 94952

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checkicon Schedule:

6:00-6:30 - Networking and refreshments
6:30-6:50 - Announcements, round-the-table and speaker introductions
6:50-8:00 - Program
8:00-8:30 - Networking and program follow-up

checkicon Dinner:

We provide refreshments at our meetings for no additional cost. Coffee, tea, and water are also provided.

checkicon Cost:

$2 members, $4 nonmembers.
You and your guest get in FREE if your guest is a first-time visitor!

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