Authors journey writing a technical book by Robert van Mölken

imageThe day before Christmas, after nine months of hard work, we (Phil Wilkins and I) send the final draft of the last chapter we needed to review of our book Implementing Oracle Integration Cloud (ICS) to our publisher Packt. We are now in the final phase of getting the book published to print. Currently we are sorting out the final dots on the i’s and crossing the last t’s. In this blog I want to take you on my authors journey writing an technical book.

How it all started…

Last year (March 2015) I was formally introduced to Oracle Integration Cloud Service during the EMEA Partner Community Forum. I had the change to try the beta as one of the first people and when it was released in May that year I immediately saw the potential it had. A fresh new look on a dusty Service Bus that connected to Cloud / SaaS applications with Out-of-the-Box adapters. My first blog where I introduced ICS was published on the 27th of May. In the months after that I wrote a few more blogs on ICS. On the last day of December I got an email from some guy from the UK, his name was Phil Wilkins an IT architect, and there it all started for me.

“One year has passed since
our first contact”

It all started one year ago when I received that email. Phil walked around with the idea to write a book about ICS and noticed my blogs about the topic (read his story here). He contacted me with his idea to write a book and the weird thing was that I also had a feeling I wanted something more than writing blogs about it. After some email discussions, reading some of his blogs and a phone call I decided to take on the journey to write the book together with Phil.

“Doing it for the right reasons”

Like Phil also writes in his story… writing a book is not a small undertaking. How wrong was I to myself when started the journey, thinking we would be done before Oracle OpenWorld 2016. I personally worked week in, week out for three of four evenings (19:00 till 23:00) and sundays (11:00 till 18:00) and don’t even mention my summer. One more thing… don’t count yourself a rich man after the book is published. You are not getting a huge percentage of royalties of the book pricing and when a book is discounted you will get even less. Do it for the right reasons.

My reason for writing the book is reaching people outside of my network circle that normally read my blogs. People know me from being an advocate on SOA Suite, but I felt that writing this book would give me an extra boost regarding Cloud. It might even led to people seeking my professional help when implementing ICS.

Finding a publisher for the book Read the whole article here.

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About Jürgen Kress
As a middleware expert Jürgen works at Oracle EMEA Alliances and Channels, responsible for Oracle’s EMEA Fusion Middleware partner business. He is the founder of the Oracle SOA & BPM and the WebLogic Partner Communities and the global Oracle Partner Advisory Councils. With more than 5000 members from all over the world the Middleware Partner Community is the most successful and active community at Oracle. Jürgen manages the community with monthly newsletters, webcasts and conferences. He hosts his annual Fusion Middleware Partner Community Forums and the Fusion Middleware Summer Camps, where more than 200 partners get product updates, roadmap insights and hands-on trainings. Supplemented by many web 2.0 tools like twitter, discussion forums, online communities, blogs and wikis. For the SOA & Cloud Symposium by Thomas Erl, Jürgen is a member of the steering board. He is also a frequent speaker at conferences like the SOA & BPM Integration Days, JAX, UKOUG, OUGN, or OOP.

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