Another book offer declined

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 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).


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