Manning Publications just asked if I would be interested in writing a book on Rails. This is the third offer I have received. O’Reilly asked me a couple months ago, and the Pragmatic Bookshelf last year (well… in all honestly, I approached Dave Thomas on that one). This is certainly flattering, and I really would love to write such a book.
However, after talking last year with Dave Thomas and David Heinemeier Hansson about doing a Rails book for the Pragmatic Bookshelf, I did some honest assessment of my available time and what I wanted to accomplish in 2005. I decided that writing a book would require me to give up most of the other goals that I had for 2005, so I decided to leave the book writing to others. I’ll stick to writing shorter articles (I have another article for ONLamp.com that is in progress).
If anyone here is interested in writing a Rails book for Manning, let me know and I’ll pass your name on. Even if you don’t have any Rails experience, you could use this as a reason to get into Rails (that’s one of the reasons why Bruce Tate signed on with O’Reilly to write their Rails book).