Books update

Hi guys, it’s been a long time since I updated the blog. Part of the reason for this is that I’ve been a bit busy with my books.

First, an update on Domain Specific Languages in R. It is currently set to be released on August 14th, but I should get the proofs next week, and last I heard, they will try to get the book out already in June. I will update you when I know more. If you want to make sure you get it as soon as possible, you can already pre-order it now.

Then there is The Joys of Hashing. I am working on the last two chapters, but I have gotten an offer on it from Apress, so I might only include one of those in the self-published versions and leave the last chapter for the Apress version. I don’t know exactly when I will pull the book from the self-publishing sites yet—it will be shortly after I agree with the contract for selling it, but I haven’t done that, and I don’t want to have a deadline for delivering it before I’m done with the actual writing. It will be some time over the summer, though. So if you want the book, you might as well get it now. You can download it for free, but I’d appreciate any donation. You can get it several places:

Speaking of “several” places, The Beginner’s Guide to Todoist is no longer fixed to Kindle Select, so it isn’t tied to Amazon. You can get it—again, for free or any price you wish to pay—on several sites:

Since this book is actually completed, you can also get it on iTunes.

My two other “Beginner’s Guides” will be out of Kindle Select over the summer, and you can preorder them now on the sites that allow me to put them up without also releasing them. I have made new covers for them, that I hope you like.

These, I have set a minimum price for. I need to recoup enough on my writing to pay for software subscriptions I use for my writing.

The Beginner’s Guide to GitHub:

The Beginner’s Guide to Markdown and Pandoc

Writing progress template

I haven’t written here in a while. I have blogged a bit on my R blog, but not really a lot there recently either. For various reasons, not least that I haven’t had much to write about.

I have finished my Domain Specific Languages in R book a little while ago and am still waiting for the proofs. I don’t know the correct release date yet, but it is usually shortly after I have gotten the proofs. I’ll let you know when I know more myself.

Besides that, I’ve had a few programming projects I’ve played around with, and I have been writing on a book about hash tables, The Joys of Hashing. A draft is available on Gumroad and Payhip. The latter is something I’m trying out.

I will move some of my other books there as well; those that do not belong to Apress. I just have to wait for the Kindle Select terms to finish. You can preorder them there, though, if you want. I will also put them up on iTunes when I can. They are already uploaded, so should be available for preorder soon. Payhip doesn’t support preorders, so that has to wait a bit.

Speaking of writing, though, and those update figures shown above, people often ask me where I get those. If I have a fancy editor that keeps track of progress. I don’t. I think the next version if iA Writer might have some progress measurement, but I’m not sure. I simply use a spreadsheet.

I have made a Numbers template for it, and you can download it here. Feel free to use it any way you like, you just have to update the cover image, chapter names, and goals, and you should be good to go.

I don’t have Excel, so I can’t make a template for that. If you can port the template, it would be great if you could send it to me, and I can update this post with it.