Now that the legal review of the Entreprenerd manuscript is done, typesetting can start. If all goes well, proofreading will start in the third week of March; the company I hired to do this expects that this will take two weeks, including fixing the typesetted version if any typos are found. This is the phase in the publishing process I like the least as an author. My own creative work on the book is done, but now I have to wait for other people to do their work.
I've been discussing the details of the book layout for "Entreprenerd" last week, and once we have made a final decision for the fonts, typesetting can begin. I don't have an exact release date yet, because I don't know how long the proofreading round will take, but in any case: the release of the book is getting closer and closer.
Ik was achttien toen ik "Walden; or, Life in the Woods" las, het boek dat Henry David Thoreau in de negentiende eeuw schreef in zijn hutje in de bossen van Massachusetts. Het maakte een grote indruk op me. In mijn dagboek pende ik een zinsnede uit de conclusie neer:
If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.
Dit is het volledige fragment:
On February 14, 2000, I released iText 0.30, the first officially distributed version of iText.
The first years (2000-2001), my website was quite basic:
The manuscript of my book "Entreprenerd" is written; the copy editing process is ongoing. Soon I'll start the production process including cover design, typesetting, and proofreading. In the meantime, more people have filled out the survey about the book.
Last week, I shared the first results of my online survey about the book I'm going to publish in a couple of months. Initially, more than half of the respondents seemed to be interested in the eBook version, but when I look at the charts today, I see a significant increase in people who say they would buy the paperback, or even the hardcover version. More about that later. Today, I want to highlight the feedback I received with respect to pricing.
Hoewel ik in de dagelijkse omgang doorgaans een optimistisch iemand ben, kom ik in online berichten vaak over als een gefrustreerd iemand. Vroeger was dat nog een pak erger dan nu. Ik citeer even uit mijn autobiografie "Gebeten":