The PC Answer Book
|Teaming||Specifications, Schedules, Budgets, Sharing a Client's "Vision"|
|Technical||Communications & literary skills, the English language, grammar|
|Software||Word Processors, Communications Applications|
Published by Alpha Books
( A division of Prentice Hall )
By Pat Barrett
This was an interesting project because I'd never before written a book for broad, consumer distribution across the U.S, although I had done a lot of technical writing for industry.
Then too, it's not every day that a major publishing house calls to ask me to do this sort of thing...
These folks know what they're doing! They had completed a Market Survey and prepared a detailed Specification (which they called an "Outline").
They wanted a troubleshooting book written for average people; formatted as "problem: solution", yet enjoyable to read, with humorous illustrations. It appealed to my sense of the challenge facing non-technical folks in a changing society. And presented the opportunity to hone my communication skills for a new audience.
The project was also interesting because I never met the other players; we corresponded over the net. My Editor was back East and the illustrations were done by a talented fellow in Colorado.
The book was originally targeted for the Christmas market, as part of a set. It was so successful that sales continued long after the Holidays, eventually enjoying a 3rd printing.
I enjoyed visiting the local booksellers and seeing my book on their shelves!
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