Co-authoring First Year In Code Book

January 2, 2020 - 3 minute read -

Preface

I had always wanted to be a published author and I never imagined that I’d have the opportunity to become one until much later in life. I had thought that I needed to become a world class expert or have decades of experience in some particular topic. While those things definitely help out authors, I was reminded by a friend that sharing my journey of how I started learning to program computers was enough to get started with, especially since there wasn’t much literature out there on the topic!

I’m going to share how I became a Co-author of “First Year In Code” 🎉 by getting out of my comfort zone and the book publishing journey that went behind it.

How the Opportunity Arose

In March of 2019, I had seen a post on the awesome developer social community site Dev.to.

First Year in Code announcement

At first when I read the blog post, I didn’t think much of it. I also thought it was strange that someone was looking for co-authors for a new book idea on the internet in the open. Two weeks past by, and by chance I saw a tweet on my twitter newsfeed by Isaac (lead author) giving a last role call for co-authors for his First Year In Code book. Thought I didn’t feel ready and didn’t know what I was getting myself into, I knew I probably would never get an opportunity like this before.

So, I decided to reach out to Isaac via email and share a bit of my background and story, and to my surprise he invited onboard to be a co-author of the book!

First Year in Code announcement

Writing Process

After Isaac onboarded me to the team, we divided the work of writing the different chapters with the other co-authors. I can’t emphasize enough how working with a team on this book made the experience much more enjoyable and bearable. When your publishing alone you have to deal with self-doubt and perfectionism by yourself and find several people with the correct background to proofread your book to ensure it makes sense for the intended audience.

Launch

The book was launched 5 months later from the date of announcement on Dev.to. We had a great a launch and reception thanks Ben Halpern the creator and founder of Dev.to who became a sponsor for the book and big announcement!

First Year in Code announcement

Post Launch

Since launching, the book has been read by thousands of people not only within the US, but also around the globe. I still get twitter messages from some readers from all over the United States, Europe, Africa and Latin America thanking me for the stories I shared in my journey towards becoming a software developer.

Closing

This book wouldn’t have been possible if were not for Isaac Lyman’s and the rest of the First Year In Code team. For me this experience is a remminder that you dont need to feel comepletely ready to get something started.

If you’ve ever wanted to publish a book, I highly recommend you explore the co-authoring path as it can make the whole process of publishing a long piece of work more manageable and enjoyable with other people at your side.