Yes, it's true... I'm going to be writing an actual BOOK!
I'm about to embark on something I said I'd never do... write an actual book!
I'm proud to announce that Marie Scott and I will be writing a book together on IBM Lotus Sametime 8. This book is being published by Packt, and will be written from the perspective of getting a user familiar with and up-to-speed on Sametime 8 and all the features they can use to be more effective and productive. No administration or programming stuff here... Instead, it's a book you can put into the hands of your customers and users so they can learn what Sametime is and how best to use it.
I'd like to thank Marie for having the faith and confidence to include me in this project. She was contacted by Packt to write the book based on her blogging and writing style. After we discussed the pros and cons of doing something like this, she asked if I would be interested in co-authoring with her. Although I've always said I'd never write a book due to the intense effort and (often) low financial payback, I realized I've reached the point where I was ready for the overall challenge of putting more than 1500 words together in a single article.
As I somewhat mysteriously tweeted some time back, sometimes you find that your entire work and interests to date have led you to the point of doing something you said you'd never be interested in doing.
I'd also like to thank all those in the Lotus community who have shared, taught, encouraged, and put up with my various ramblings over the years. Who I am and what I know is based in large part to all of you (yes, you're to blame!). Thanks also to Packt for coming up with an IBM/Lotus title for a niche that hasn't been covered in the book market, and for taking a chance with two first-time book writers.
Kudos also to Paul, Warren, and Gabs for offering up the infrastructure we'll be using to test out our material and grab screen prints. This effort would be much harder if not for you all.
So... If you see Marie and I online and up at all (even stranger) hours of the night, you can pretty much figure that another chapter is taking shape...
The great adventure(!) begins...