ProgWriter [programmer + writer]


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ProgWriter [programmer + writer]

Lessons learned on my path from ordinary developer to writer of multiple programming books—that sell

About the Book

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Hi, I’m Azat, and as of this writing, I’ve created five books on programming (both self-published and traditionally published). And I want to share my experience with you so you can avoid mistakes, pick the easiest and fastest route to success, help others learn tech, and add a source of passive income. Publish your first book and become a programmer that writes, or simply progwriter!

The ProgWriter resource will include materials on how to:

  • Conduct a proper research and identify trends
  • Produce a good book fast and easy
  • Apply the best tools and skills to tech writing
  • Structure well and use proper styles
  • Pre-sale and launch a book
  • Properly and effectively market a book

About the Author

Azat Mardan
Azat Mardan

Update: you can check out my books and buy them at

Azat Mardan has over 12 years of experience in web, mobile and software development. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Informatics and a Master of Science in Information Systems Technology degree, Azat possesses deep academic knowledge as well as extensive practical experience.

Recently, he has worked as an engineer at the curated social media news aggregator website, (acquired by LiveFyre). Before that, Azat worked as a CTO/co-founder at Gizmo — an enterprise cloud platform for mobile marketing campaigns, and has undertaken the prestigious 500 Startups business accelerator program. Previously, he was developing mission-critical applications for government agencies in Washington, DC: National Institutes of Health, National Center for Biotechnology Information,Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and Lockheed Martin. Azat is a frequent attendee at Bay Area tech meet-ups and hackathons (AngelHack hackathon ’12 finalist with team

In addition, Azat teaches technical classes at General Assembly and Hack Reactor, pariSOMA and Marakana (acquired by Twitter) to much acclaim.

In his spare time, Azat writes about technology on his blog: which is number one in “express.js tutorial” Google search results. Azat is also the author of Express.js Guide, Rapid Prototyping with JS and Oh My JS!

Table of Contents

    • Foreword
    • Introduction
      • Who This Book is For
      • What This Book Is
      • What This Book is Not
      • How to Use the Book
      • Terms
  • I My Story
    • 1. Humble Beginnings
    • 2. Learning Node.js
    • 3. Mastering a Niche
    • 4. Going Traditional
  • II ProgWriter
    • 5. Why Write Books
    • 6. Why Write a Programming Book
    • 7. Traditional vs. Self-Publishing
    • 8. The Time Spent Writing
    • 9. The ProgWriter Creative Process
  • III Writing
    • 10. Researching The Topic
    • 11. Technical Book Categories
    • 12. Testing Your Topics
    • 13. Writing The Manuscript
    • 14. Markdown for The Win
    • 15. Health
  • IV Publishing
    • 16. Structuring The Book Properly
    • 17. Summarizing Chicago vs. AP Styles
    • 18. My Style: Paragraphs, Lists, Asides
    • 19. Dealing with Source Code and Figures
    • 20. Editing, Design and Finding Help
  • V Marketing
    • 21. Spread The Word
    • 22. Have a Platform
    • 23. Marketplace vs. Storefront
    • 24. How to Improve Amazon Sales
    • 25. Pricing
    • 26. Packaging and Bundling
    • 27. Upselling and Cross-selling
    • 28. Launch
    • 29. Things to Avoid
    • 30. Support
  • VI Q&A
      • 30.1 Should I have a dedicated website?
      • 30.2 Should I prepare a launch plan for my book?
      • 30.3 How to market to other developers (some of them who think everything should be free)
      • 30.4 What tools/programs should people use to write a technical book?
      • 30.5 How do you go about the editing and proofreading? Do you have a technical editor and a normal editor?
      • 30.6 Tips on topics or ideas to write about.
      • 30.7 How to structure the book
      • 30.8 How much to write each day
      • 30.9 Techniques on list building, beyond just blogging
      • 30.10 Should I create webinars?
      • 30.11 What do you use to publish books on Amazon?
  • VII Successful ProgWriter Survey
    • 31. Oren Ellenbogen
    • 32. Pedro Teixeira
    • 33. Maksim Surguy
    • 34. Manuel Kiessling
    • Outro
    • Appendix A: Markdown Cheatsheet
    • Appendix C: Tools and Services
    • Appendix C: Traditional Publishers
    • Appendix D: International Publishers
      • Germany
      • Brazil
      • Russia
      • Japan
      • Spain

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