I’ve worked with a number of publishers in various capacities and the difference between Pragmatic Bookshelf and the rest can’t be overstated. I can’t imagine writing for another publisher again. When you work with Pragmatic Bookshelf, you have the support of a team that really understands the impact of the tools and technologies you write about. On top of the killer team, Pragmatic’s publishing technology (ebooks on demand!) makes the standard word processors look like the writing equivalent of sharpened stones and sticks.
What I love about working with the Prags is the total transparency: I know where my books are at all times. When I’m writing a book, I always know where the book is in progress, because I can see the book as I write it. When the book is published, I can track my sales with real-time tools on the author dashboard. I can add my speaking dates and they are part of the weekly newsletter.
Best of all, even though the Prags don’t publish all my books, they allow me to sell my self-published books in their bookstore, which is a win-win for everyone. My readers don’t care who publishes my books. They care that they have one-stop shopping.
One of the best things about working with the Pragmatic Bookshelf crew was that the process felt so familiar and comfortable. They have hit on a way to take the practices that make for great software development projects and apply those to book development. It is truly a team effort, where everyone contributes and is committed to a successful release.
Writing is not easy, but the rewards can be sweet. I remember the thrill of seeing my book on the store shelves for the first time, and then at the top of its category at Amazon. It even helped me land a job as manager of an Android development team. After all, the boss was looking for an expert, and I had literally written the book on the subject.
Working with the Pragmatic Bookshelf folks has been rewarding in many ways. They have a reputation and distribution channel that guarantees readers are going to see your book. Andy and Dave have a great eye for knowing the kinds of books that the marketplace is looking for. And their editors are top-notch: You’ll get honest feedback that will help shape your book into something that’s going to sell.
The authoring tools PragProg provides are invaluable--being able to see what your book will look like in both print and eBook formats every time you make a small change is the way things should be.
You’ll find other publishers that do print distribution well, and some that do eBook distribution well. Pragmatic Bookshelf does both well. After writing two books for another major publisher, and editing a book for yet another, I’ve settled on the Pragmatic Bookshelf and am writing a third book for them. Why go elsewhere?
Working with The Pragmatic Programmers has been fantastic. Simple and fair contracts, responsive staff, top-notch editors, aggressive marketing, and powerful book construction infrastructure.
Until I got in contact with The Pragmatic Programmers I never thought I could write a book, much less an English one. But the whole team is unbelievably professional and encouraging. The PragProgs practice what they preach in their books, and you’ll find best practices everywhere, from the initial setup to the final product. I cannot imagine writing for any other publisher.
There's nothing quite like seeing your book in print for the first time, as Sandy Mamoli and David Mole demonstrate with great reserve as they open the packages containing their book Creating Great Teams.
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