David Mark’s book about JavaScript

Posted: July 28, 2010 in David Mark
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David Mark is working on a book about JavaScript. He said:

I have been working on a book on-again and off-again for years. The trouble is that there is not a lot of motivation as I can make a lot more money writing code than writing about code.

I suppose if some savvy publisher advanced me, oh, 50K or so, I’d get right on it. As it is, the one I talked to was in a completely different neighborhood (one that I prefer to avoid, at least after dark).

William Wallace wrote:
It seems that there are no good books.

You are learning fast.  But the publishers see “good books” as books that will sell the most copies. The representatives I dealt with were of the opinion that “everyone” is really excited about “these libraries” (e.g. jQuery). They sent me an outline of one to look at (and review) and I asked them if it was going to be a children’s book and indicated that the only sort of jQuery book I would consider writing would be of the contrarian view. I think that and my high asking price turned them off, but I do still hear from them from time to time. Maybe some day they will realize that somebody has to take a chance and publish something fresh. I mean, in five or ten years, who is going to care about jQuery puff pieces?

What we can learn from David Mark’s profile at Linked In:

Until January 2010, David Mark was employed at SitePen, Inc. for a short time (just 5 months). After that he was self-employed with cinsoft.net. Since June 2010 he is registered as Consultant at Synergy Consulting Group, Inc., a recruting agency.

So if David Mark would get a chance to write a book, this would be the perfect time. And indeed, David Mark wrote:

I happened to hear from a representative at my prospective publisher today. I’m trying to work out a deal that will benefit everyone. Can’t do it for the Karma alone though.

But writing a book is a lot of work. Not everyone is able to finish a book project. I’m slightly concerned about David Mark’s statement:

I’ve got enough raw material for a whole series of books,
but not enough time to organize it.

Dear fans

How could we help David Mark?
Do you know some of his own quotations, he could use for his book?
Send in your citation and a link to the source.

[1]: comment at comp.lang.javascript

  1. Igor says:

    i am sure there will be dull moments. the hottest game in the sky is playing “Lead the Idiot Around the Parking Lot” http://iggysplayhouse.wordpress.com/2010/07/29/okay-can-i-have-a-job-now-please/

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