Open Call: Co-Author for Upcoming Machine Learning Book
We’re having an open call for authors on an upcoming Machine Learning book — read on to find out how to get involved! By Ray Wenderlich.
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Open Call: Co-Author for Upcoming Machine Learning Book
Looking for a unique opportunity to get involved in our newest project?
For the past several months, two of the most experienced authors on the raywenderlich.com team have been working on a new book on Machine Learning:
- Matthijs Hollemans: author of iOS Apprentice, and author of machinethink.net
- Audrey Tam: platinum author on raywenderlich.com, and RWDevCon 2018 machine learning workshop speaker
Matthijs and Audrey have been making some great progress on the book, and we are looking to bring on one more author to help us take this book to the finish line. We are looking for someone with practical experience in machine learning topics such as:
- Image to image transforms
- Sequence prediction
- Natural language processing
- Sentiment analysis
- Other aspects of machine learning you have experience with
Keep reading to find out the benefits of writing a book with raywenderlich.com, and how to apply!
Why Write a Book With raywenderlich.com?
We’ve created many books at raywenderlich.com over the years, and we have learned a lot about what it takes to create a high-quality, polished book.
There are plenty of reasons to write a book with us, but we’ll cover the top three that most authors ask about.
1) Work With an Awesome Team
Self-publishing is all the rage, but the key word there is “self” — as in, you’ll have to do everything your“self.” Self-editing. Self-designing. Self-typesetting. Self-management. Self-promotion. And everything else associated with a book, including customer support, creating art, store infrastructure and dealing with payment processors.
And the worst part of all is self-marketing. Even if you can handle all of the above, you need to build a sufficient audience of people whom know you and who want to buy your book. This can be quite challenging and time consuming if you’re going solo but, at raywenderlich.com, we’ve spent years building a loyal audience of readers.
At raywenderlich.com, our goal is to balance the creative freedom of writing a book with an established, proven process that makes sure your book will be polished, professional, and something you will be proud of. Here’s how the raywenderlich.com Book Team helps you out:
- Feedback: We provide constructive and technical feedback on outlines, sample projects and chapters.
- Artwork: We provide any cover art, internal art or other design assets if you need them.
- Tech editing: Each of your chapters will have two rounds of tech editing from experienced technical editors, resulting in the highest possible quality.
- Copyediting: We do line-by-line copyediting and proofreading of your manuscript.
- Project management: We provide project management throughout the process to keep the project on track and on time.
- Tools: We provide custom tools to write your chapters in Markdown, as well as generate the book in PDF, ePub and print formats.
- Marketing: We help promote and market your book through our blog, newsletter, Twitter, Facebook and more.
- Publication: We publish and sell your book through our online store and other channels.
- Support: We handle customer support from readers, and provide book forums where customers can ask you questions and provide feedback.
Our goal is to be a “book publisher that doesn’t suck,” and to create an environment wherein talented developers and teachers can make a living by creating great books like this, or advance their own career by being recognized as an expert.
2) Become a Recognized Subject Matter Expert
Authoring a book with raywenderlich.com will add a lot of heft to your résumé. If you want to become known as a subject matter expert in a particular area, authoring a great book is a tried-and-true path. This will open doors for contracting work, conference talks, new jobs and more. You can think of a book as a business card, résumé and income stream all rolled into one!
The best part is that you don’t have to be an expert in your chosen field right now — all you need is solid experience as a developer and a willingness to dig deep and learn. At raywenderlich.com, our authors often become experts in their chosen subject by going through the process of writing a book.
3) Earn Some Money!
Many authors ask what they can expect financially from the first year of book sales — and if it’s worth the effort to release updated editions of the book.
The majority of traditional publishing agreements only give authors 10-15% of royalties, expecting authors to write for exposure and to increase credibility in their field, with royalties as a secondary concern.
At raywenderlich.com, we think you can enjoy a nice financial return on your books and build your credibility at the same time. We have an unusual approach in the industry in which we give 50% of net revenue back to the book authors (divided proportionally by authors, based on how many chapters each author contributes).
The chart below shows the average total book royalties paid out to authors during the first year of the book’s life. We’ve included the low and high values of the first year of author earnings as reference:
And this is only for the first year of your book’s life — it can be even more if you keep your book regularly updated, as we’re famous for doing on this site.
Do You Have What it Takes?
Writing a book not easy, and it definitely isn’t for everybody.
We’ve worked with a lot of book authors over the past 8 years, and here’s what it takes to be successful:
- Do you know your subject well? Knowing your subject well is the most important part. Readers expect our authors to be extremely knowledgeable in their area, having learned from the “school of hard knocks.”
- Are you in tune with industry news and trends? Do you frequently read articles, papers, or blogs related to your subject, and constantly keep your domain knowledge up-to-date? We expect our authors to be fully informed about the latest and greatest.
- Can you make this a top priority in your life? Writing a book requires a lot of time, and will require sacrifices in your life, such as writing chapters after a tiring day of book, or having to miss out out on events for writing, and so on. Do you want to be an author badly enough to make those sacrifices?
- Can you meet deadlines? We have hard deadlines to meet as a book author, and it’s critical that you stay on track for the success of the project. Are you the type of person who is good at meeting deadlines?
- Are you a reliable communicator? If someone sends you an email, a Slack message, or a comment on Trello, can you be counted on to respond? We expect if we ask our authors a question that they get back within 1-2 business days without having to be chased.
- Are you able to follow our guides? We have detailed guides on every aspect of the writing process, and expect our authors to follow them. Are you good at following guidelines and making a best effort to fit in with the rest of the team?
If this sounds like you, we think you’d make an amazing book author for our site. Keep reading to find out how to apply!
Where to Go From Here?
If you are interested in working on this project, please email me with answers to the following questions:
- Why do you want to work on this project?
- Please describe your experience with machine learning.
- Please send links to any projects you have done involving machine learning.
- Making a book on an advanced topic like this isn’t easy and will take a lot of time and energy. What adjustments can you make to your schedule to allow regular time to work on this project over the next 3-6 months, and are you sure you can commit to this workload?
Thanks all — and we look forward to creating an amazing book with one of you! :]