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Writing about planning

Posted: September 24th, 2009 | Author: andy | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Another flurry of writing this afternoon in the Cafe Delice – this time on the subject of planning your podcast, understanding podcast components, Creative Common licensing, keywords, coming up with a great title. The chapter on planing is starting to fill out nicely.

Approx. word count: 8,000.


Always research your product name

Posted: September 23rd, 2009 | Author: andy | Filed under: naming, research | No Comments »

Oh dear. While scanning the web last night I came across another book with exactly the same name – looks like I’ll be changing the name of my book and the URL of this site because I’m pretty sure Scott got there before me. Kudos to Scott Paton, here’s his book,¬†Podcasting Unleashed!

Of course there’s a HUGE lesson here and I’ll freely admit making a classic mistake.

Always research the product name you’re planing to use!

Later today, I’m going to have this tattooed on the inside of my eyelids.

Current word count: approx. 7,100.


The joy of VAT

Posted: September 21st, 2009 | Author: andy | Filed under: e-commerce | No Comments »

I’ve had a real Victor Mildrew day today ranting to myself and my accountant about VAT. I’m planning to make the book buyable (is that a word?) in the next week or so at a discounted rate for earlybirds. Being VAT registered, we have to charge VAT if we sell to customers within EU, but not if outside. So this means we’ll have to have TWO prices on the sales page. I feel like going against convention and making the price with VAT the more prominent, and a smaller message next to it stating that non EU customers will pay the lower price without VAT. I wonder if other Internet Marketers would cringe at such an idea.

Writing continues. Current wordcount approx. 7,000.


The book has images

Posted: September 18th, 2009 | Author: andy | Filed under: LaTeX | 1 Comment »

pdf-with-imagesI’ve been creating line drawings today and inserting them into the book. I did the drawings in my notebook (thats a paper notebook) then took photos of them right next to the window for natural light. A quick edit in iPhoto – crop, saturation to zero to take away colour, then boost exposure to max. The result was quite good with the background ending up pure white.

I continue to be impressed with LaTeX which did a grand job of floating them in the text at the specified scale. Nice. It’s amazing how images bring a book to life and how they can convey complex ideas in a simple way. It’ll be interesting to see how the group feeds back on them.

Word count so far: approx. 6,300.


The power of the Accountability Partner

Posted: September 16th, 2009 | Author: andy | Filed under: productivity | No Comments »

ian-ozsvald-delice-090916Met with Ian Ozsvald this morning for our fortnightly accountability meeting.

It was a chance meeting with Ian about 2 months ago that led to me writing Podcasting Unleashed. A book had been on my someday maybe list for some time, and when Ian told me he was writing The Screencasting Handbook, my someday maybe became right now and we agreed to meet every 2 weeks to spur each other on.

So here I sit, fully spurred for the next 2 weeks.


Draft Version 2 Released

Posted: September 15th, 2009 | Author: andy | Filed under: LaTeX, releases | No Comments »

book-on-macbookHave just released Draft 2 to the group for comments. Looking forward to some more feedback – it can be a lonely place – book writing.

For those who are interested, I’m using LaTeX to author the book. This is my first foray into this, frankly amazing, tool. In essence, you write a source file in plain text, then run it through LaTeX which converts it into a beautiful PDF document. At least that’s the idea – I’m still getting to grips with some of it. The thing I love about LaTeX is that, like programing code, you can place internal comments into the manuscript to remind yourself of things you intend to do later or might forget. LaTeX does other cool stuff like automatically build a table of contents, indexes and bibliographies – and I’ve only scratched the surface. Can’t wait to learn more…


The Book is Started

Posted: September 13th, 2009 | Author: admin | Filed under: releases | No Comments »

We have the first one and a half chapters written and are about to send the group the second draft version for review.