Ten years ago when I wrote my first book, I didn't have very much guidance or people who I could approach who could help me with the many questions I had. Now that I'm on the other side and have the job to help people get technical books published, I'm hoping that new authors have a radically different experience than I did.
Last year I was involved in having 14 new books published, so in terms of credentials and experience, I continue to build on both each day. In terms of online information to help interested authors get started, I'd recommend the following sites that were created by my IBM Press colleagues Tara Woodman and Ellice Uffer:
Blog by Ellice that covers various publishing-related topics.Website maintained by Tara that covers the procedures for getting a book published via IBM Press.
If you've read my blog occasionally, you may have noticed that I do post some information regarding how to get published (including this entry) but I also present to internal audiences to give them guidance as well. I'll continue to post tips for authoring in this blog, but if you have specific questions, please contact me directly.