The fastest way to become known as an expert on a subject is to write and publish a book about it. After all, as the saying goes: “He wrote the book on it.” That said, writing books—technical books anyway—is not a fast process. The last book I wrote completely on my own took six months of solid work. Non-technical books can take much less time to write. Some highly motivated individuals will tell you that they have written a book in a long weekend. Although that’s possible, there’s copyediting, layout, and printing that follows the burst of caffeine-fueled creative energy leading to that 3-day marathon.
Here are the books I’ve written or contributed to in my career: