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Writing a book proposal

I just posted my latest article for the STC Notebook, Publishing Perspectives: Writing a Book Proposal. If you’ve ever thought of writing a book and would like to know what publishers are looking for, this should answer some of your questions.

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XML Press at Intelligent Content 2014

XML Press will be at the Intelligent Content 2014 conference this week with our latest book, The Language of Content Strategy. This book is a compilation of 52 terms central to the field of content strategy. It was co-edited by Scott Abel and Rahel Anne Bailie, and published in collaboration with The Content Wrangler.

Look for us at the bookstore, where we will have books from XML Press and other publishers, along with books written by several of the speakers.

Current XML Press authors Scott Abel, Rahel Anne Bailie, Mark Baker, Richard Hamilton, Alan Porter, and Noz Urbina will be speaking, along with Kevin Nichols and Val Swisher, who are working on new books in the Content Strategy series. Plus many of the contributors to The Language of Content Strategy will be at the conference.

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Business Matters: A freelancer’s guide to business success in any economy

When Bette Frick launched her freelance writing and editing business in 1990, not having completed formal business training meant she would make more than a few mistakes. But not applying MBA models meant that as her company grew, her business model fit her rather than some business-school template.

As Bette learned her (sometimes) painful lessons, she shared them in her column, “Business Matters,” in Intercom, the magazine of the Society for Technical Communication (STC), from 2003 to 2012. Business Matters republishes those articles, substantially revised and arranged thematically, along with several new chapters.

Business Matters is available in print or ebook form from most online retailers, including Amazon and Barnes and Noble. The ebook is also available through O’Reilly Media.

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XML Press at Lavacon

Lavacon is coming up next week, and XML Press writers will be there in force. In addition, XML Press will have a bookstore at the show with books from XML Press authors and other industry leaders.

XML Press authors speaking at the conference include: Rahel Bailie, Mark Baker, Sharon Burton, Char James-Tanny, Noz Urbina, and Leigh White.

We will, of course, have copies of the new books out from Mark Baker and Leigh White, and we are planning a book signing for each of them.

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Every Page is Page One now Available

Mark Baker’s Every Page is Page One: Topic-based Writing for Technical Communication is now available for sale at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble and other retailers worldwide. The print version is available now, and the ebook will be available shortly.

We also now have the full table of contents on the Every Page is Page One book page.

Congratulations to Nathalie Laroche, who won a free copy of the book after commenting on the Table of Contents. Thanks to everyone who commented on the TOC on Mark’s website. Your comments had a significant impact on the final structure of the book.

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DITA for Print now available

Leigh White’s DITA for Print: A DITA Open Toolkit Workbook is now available for sale at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble and other retailers worldwide. The print version is available now, and the ebook will be available shortly.

We also now have the full table of contents on the DITA for Print book page.

Congratulations to [...]

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Every Page is Page One

XML Press will be publishing Mark Baker’s new book, Every Page is Page One: Topic-based Writing for Technical Communication and the Web in the fall of 2013.

On the Internet there are countless paths, but no starting place. In that environment, every page is page one, and every search yields a new page one. We [...]

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Expanded eBook Distribution

XML Press has expanded eBook distribution through O’Reilly Media. Our expanded distribution includes distribution directly through the O’Reilly eBookstore as well as distribution through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple, Google, Kobo, Safari books, Scribd, and many more.

The books are rolling out over the next week, so if you don’t see a title in your [...]

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XML Press Authors at Content Agility 2013

Four XML Press authors are scheduled to speak at Content Agility 2013, which is being held in Gatwick (London), England, June 26-27:

Rahel Bailie and Noz Urbina, authors of Content Strategy: Connecting the dots between business, brand, and benefits. Sharon Burton, author of 8 Steps to Amazing Webinars. Eliot Kimber, author of DITA for Practitioners [...]

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Content Strategy: Connecting the dots between business, brand, and benefits

Rahel Anne Bailie and Noz Urbina’s new book, Content Strategy: Connecting the dots between business, brand, and benefits, is now available through book retailers worldwide, including Amazon.com and, in the US, BarnesandNoble.com. Published by XML Press, Content Strategy is now available in print and will be available in eBook format by mid-January.

If [...]