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Windows Phone 8 Recipes - Publication Day!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 1:38 AM

My first book, Windows Phone 8 Recipes, which I co-authored with David Totzke, is officially being published today and I couldn’t be more excited!

When I first mentioned to a few of my closest friends that I was writing a book, their initial reaction went something along the lines of: "Oh you’re finally writing that biography you always talked about!”

I replied, “No, no, not a biography.”

Naturally, the next logical choice was uttered:  “You’re writing a book about the places you’ve worked at! OMG, it is going to be hilarious!”

Again, I replied “Nope, not about that either.”

At this point, utter confusion set in: “Well what the heck are you writing about then?”

I hate to say that the response was not well-received when I explained that I was writing a technical book on Windows Phone development. Mainly because none of them are Windows Phone developers…or any other kind of developer for that matter. So they didn’t understand the significance of such a book. They felt my writing would be best put to use to regale the wild and crazy stories from my youth that they all have been privy to. Better yet, they wanted me to extend my blog posts about my experiences in the work place into a full-fledged novel. Don’t worry dear friends, someday, maybe I’ll be so inclined to share those stories. But today is not that day.

During the months that followed, I received a lot of criticism and negativity from those around me. “How’s that book coming along? Is it ever going to get published?”, “I bet you won’t sell 100 copies.”, “Windows Phone? Who uses a Windows Phone?”.

But I did what I do best, I shut out the negativity and remained positive. Because I believe in this platform, and because finally…. FINALLY… a .NET developer can actually develop a quality mobile app in record time. Even Android and BlackBerry developers that have attended Windows Phone development workshops hosted by our User Group, admitted that an app that they built in a week, or even a weekend, for Windows Phone would have been months of development on another platform. And the end result would not have been as polished or visually appealing. I also know this first hand, because I’ve tried my hand at BlackBerry development, and it was a long and painful process. Admittedly, I was very excited about getting my very first BlackBerry app published, but I really didn’t have the time or patience to develop any more hobby apps for that platform considering the time it took to build a simple, single-purpose app.

To be fair, I have also received a lot of positive feedback about this book, mainly from my peers at ObjectSharp Consulting. From all of the positive emails (thanks, fellow ObjectSharpees!), to an obscene amount of mentions on their social feeds (thanks Pam and Bruce!), to a special blog post by the one and only Bruce Johnson, http://blogs.objectsharp.com/post/2013/04/15/Welcome-to-the-Author-Fold.aspx (thanks again, Bruce!),  I want them all to know how much I appreciate the good vibes you sent our way during this process. I have embraced that positivity and that was the fuel that kept me going right through to the very end.

I also want to thank the entire team at Apress that helped us to make this book a reality: Gwenan Spearing, Kevin Shea, James Markham, along with many others at Apress that worked behind the scenes on this book.

Thanks to our technical reviewer, Tom Walker, who is a fellow CTTDNUG volunteer, friend, and Windows Phone developer. Thank you for taking the time out of your personal schedule to review our work, and help us publish a perfect book :)

Last but not least, thanks to all of you who are reading this post, and who have just been inspired to buy my book from Apress or Amazon.

I hope you find just as much joy in the reading, as we found in the writing!




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