I guess watch this spot to see if I end up writing another book. -Simon Timms
I agreed to write it for a couple of reasons
I had forgotten how much time it takes to write a book. Seriously it takes forever. Even when you're done you're never done. There are countless revisions and reviews and goodness knows what else to eat up your time. Maybe a review only takes 10 minutes a chapter but 12 chapters later and you've used up another 2 hours. I don't like to do the math around dollars an hour for writing but it is low, like below minimum wage low. I met Charlie Russel at the Microsoft MVP Summit earlier this year and had a good chat with him about making a living writing books. He has been in the game for many years and has written more books than I have pairs of socks (even if you relax your constrains and let any two socks be a pair regardless of matching). He told me of a golden age when it was possible to make a good living writing books. Those days are gone and weâ€™re all in a mad dash to the bottom â€“ which is free and free isnâ€™t maintainable. Thatâ€™s a topic for another day.
I figured this book would get more exposure than the last one. My last book was pretty niche. I can't imagine there are more than 2 or 3 dozen people in the world who would be interested in visualizing social media data to the degree they would buy a book on it. This one, however, should have a much broader reach. Iâ€™ve been working on getting my name out there in the hopes that the next time Iâ€™m looking for work it is easier.
This time, however, I'm serious! I'm not writing any more books through a traditional publisher. I've already turned down an offer to write what would have been an really interesting one. For my next foray I'm going to publish through LeanPub. They are a nice and funny group of folks whose hands off approach allows for much more creativity around pricing and even production of the book. I'm also done with writing books by myself, I need some companionship on the journey.
There will be more books, just watch this space!