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Feast or famine

Discussion in 'Employment & Jobs' started by tripwire45, May 10, 2007.

  1. tripwire45
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    Ok, here's the deal. I'm a couple of weeks into my day job, finishing up one book that will be published in July, struggling with another long-term project book that needs help. Now I'm being approached to write another book plus another publisher wants me to do a technical edit on still another book, due out in September (he said he's been watching my work "from afar"). All that, plus the various book reviews I do for this site, tech-unity.com, mcseworld.com, linux-tutorial.info and the European edition of Linux Magazine (the last one actually pays me for the reviews). I'm swamped. :blink :biggrin

    Why is it always this way...either I've got a ton of time on my hands and nothing to do, or I have to do everything by yesterday?
     
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  2. fortch

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    I'm just glad we're celebrating your feast, Trip.

    I guess you're buying the first round :p
     
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  3. tripwire45
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    tripwire45 Zettabyte Poster

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    Sure. Come to Boise and I'll buy that first round. :tongue
     
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    Comin from Boise, I'm guessing that first round would be some kinda alcoholic beverage distilled from potatoes... or is that just a stereotype? :twisted:
     
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  5. tripwire45
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    tripwire45 Zettabyte Poster

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    Actually, potatoes are grown more in the eastern side of the state. Sugar beets are grown here. Of course, Boise's leading citizen J.R. Simplot made his fortune supplying freeze-dried potatoes to the military during World War II which is where Idaho get's that reputation. :wink:
     
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    Still, at least Idaho is famous for something - take a look at my town's (ahem) 'illustrious' reputation...
     
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  7. Mitzs
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    Back to the topic at hand. I say you slow up on the free reviews your doing now and you may actually have to turn down some other paying jobs that are coming in if you think your plate is too full. You do need to sleep and not make yourself sick. You know what you can do. Just don't over do it and take care of yourself. Glad stuff is breaking loose for ya though. :)
     
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  8. Crito

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    I'm surprised you're not busy all the time.

    There are way too many journalists writing about technology they don't understand, IMHO. So there must be a shortage of technology pros who can write well. :oops:

    I bet that Ed Tittel guy at Exam Cram doesn't get much sleep either. ;)
     
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  9. tripwire45
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    He gets more now that he's not writing books. He had a baby a few years back and decided to slow down.
     
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  10. Crito

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    Almost seems like he's edited every book I've read the last couple years. :blink Well, not the MS Press ones, but still.

    Maybe I need to buy some fiction for a change...
     
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  11. tripwire45
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    He gets around but sometimes his name is used for contractural reasons, and not because he had all that much to do with a particular book.

    I finally finished all the figure listings for the SharePoint book (what a hassle) but they're in to the editor now. The ball in in their court. The next thing I expect to see from them are a series of PDFs which will show the chapters as they'll actually appear in the book. Just a little over 2 months and the book will be out.

    Yesterday, I signed the contract to act as one of two technical editors on the other O'Reilly book. I'm glad I had the chance to experience technical editors before being one (I've done editing a few times before). It can be a bit demoralizing when you get an editor that takes all of your errors personally and communicates that in their responses. Hopefully, with that in mind, I can do my job and still treat the author with respect.
     
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