Did I ever tell you that I love my job? Part of why I do is because I’m surrounded by some of the most creative people in the world! Yes, all these developers in the Toronto are very creative, but right now I want to mention authors.
I’ve met famous authors: Malcolm Gladwell and Steven Covey, famous people who became authors: Devon Harris (bobsled olympian) and Michael Eisner (Mr. Disney) and just plain interesting people who have written books: Mark Jeffries, Chris Anderson, Magnus Lindkvist, and Chad Fowler. Meeting these people is the icing on the cake, but I’ve noticed that they have the same enthusiasm and drive as the lesser known authors who I work with to get books about DB2 and other IBM products produced.
Let’s start with some of the most prolific authors who I know. Enthusiasm is number one, but one of the things that sets these people apart from others is their desire and willingness to teach other people the tricks of the trade:
Then there are the gold consultants. These are people who don’t work for IBM, but may as well. They are essentially IBM’s cheerleaders. I should say that Roger, Craig, and Rebecca listed above are not gold consultants, but they are definitely passionate about IBM’s DB2 products!
Rick Van Der Lans
And then there are the IBMers who are already so busy in their day jobs but still manage to find time to write a book! Paul, George, and Bill also fall into this category:
I should also make a note here to congratulate those authors who are writing in English even though English is their second language!
Finally, there are the people who want to be authors who find the time to create a proposal and send it to me. I hope that these people one day find the right topic to become their book. These people tend to review many of the books that I work on and are amazing reviewers.
What makes a good author? Writing a book is very hard work, so the two primary things that are necessary for success are willingness to work hard and a very strong passion for writing about the chosen topic. Roger Sanders is writing his 21st book and this one is about how to become an author of technical articles and books. If you are interested in writing, I high recommend that you start with Roger’s book: From Idea to Print.
I wasn’t able to list all the authors who I admire in this post, because believe me, there are many more. I appreciate all the experience, passion and hard work that you pour into your projects. I hope you all have many more books in you and that you encourage others to follow your paths.
If you will be at the IBM Information on Demand Conference this October, please stop by the many book signing sessions that I have planned to congratulate an author on a job well done. To find the book signings that are scheduled, search on “signing” when logged into the Smart Site. You should find 15 entries.