Archive for the ‘Book’ Category


XML Press to Publish Managing Writers

September 4, 2008

A new imprint, XML Press, will be publishing Managing Writers. XML Press is devoted to publishing content that helps people use XML technology for technical communication. In addition to Managing Writers, XML Press is currently in the process of acquiring several other books, which will be announced soon.

Over the last few years, the big technical book publishers have pared back their offerings to books they believe will have a large audience. That has left a niche for a publisher that can produce books and electronic content with a smaller, but still vital, audience. XML Press is pursuing that audience with a streamlined, low-overhead approach to publishing.

While I’d be glad to sit down with Oprah or Stephen Colbert to discuss Managing Writers, I am realistic about the size of its audience, and am glad that it will be published by this imprint.

I’m still targeting the end of the year for publication, with a tentative date of November 15th. That’s ambitious, but just barely possible. I’ll post updates here as I get closer.


New Section: Hiring–Part 1

January 7, 2008

After a long break spent in various other pursuits, I now have a new section to post. This is the first part of a chapter on hiring technical writers. I expect this will be a section in 3, possibly 4 parts.

Here’s a link: Hiring: Part 1

Part of my time away was spent editing previous sections, which I’ll update on line as I get the chance, and part of it was spent working on new sections that I’ll begin posting over the next few weeks.

As always, comments are welcome.


Draft Section: Adventures in Coin Collecting

September 24, 2007

I’ve just posted a new section titled, “Adventures in Coin Collecting.”

I’m not sure where this one belongs, if it belongs at all. Right now it’s under “Motivation,” but it may need to go somewhere else. Mostly, it’s an excuse to tell the story about my adventures in coin collecting, but I hope it makes a useful point.

As always, your comments are welcome.


New Section: Managing Change

August 22, 2007

I’ve just posted a new chapter titled: Managing Change. Here’s a link:

New chapter: Managing Change

This chapter is not part of the original outline, but that was an oversight. Clearly managing change is an important part of any manager’s job.

As always, comments are welcome.


A Few Updates

June 7, 2007

I’ve updated the site to use the latest chapter/section names for the HR, Power and Influence, and Using XML sections. The content of these three sections has not otherwise changed.

I also updated the outline to add two new chapters: Using the Web and Content Re-Use, Single-Sourcing, and Modular Documentation. These chapters will be part of Managing Technology.


Outline Updated

May 31, 2007

I just posted an updated outline. This update organizes the book into 4 Parts: Getting Started, Managing People, Managing Projects, and Managing Technology, plus a preface and appendices. I also ditched the cutesy names (like, “Everything you wanted to know about HR, …”), and for the most part made the titles consistently gerunds (“Becoming a Manager,” “Managing People,” etc.).

I’m also contemplating a title change to something like: Managing Documentation People, Projects, and Technology, which would shadow the Part structure.

If you have thoughts about the title or the outline, drop me a line in the comment section.


New Section: XML Technology, Part 1

May 29, 2007

I just posted a new section, XML Technology, Part 1. It’s the first of at least two sections that provide an overview of XML Technology for managers.

Here’s a link:XML Technology, Part 1

This section also contains a few bibliography and glossary entries, mostly to resolve links in the text. They are far from complete.

As always, comments and questions are welcome. Just use the “Leave a Comment” form at the bottom of the page.