Originally posted 2017-01-16
For a few years now, I’ve had a secret goal: write a book. I’ve always admired people like Wes Bos, Jarrod Drysdale, and Nathan Barry — folks who teach what they know, write, edit, record, and sell their work. Developers, designers, writers, and countless others are in a unique position; they have the means to both create and share, or sell, the things they create. I’ve successfully sold products in the past — everything from an icon set to iOS & tvOS apps — but the idea of self-publishing a book has never gone away.
I’m tired of just thinking about it. I’ve decided that 2017 is the year I’m finally going to do it. I sat down a few weeks ago and started outlining. Today, I’m ready to commit publicly.
My book, Finish Your Damn Side Project, will be available this summer.
Over the course of my career, I’ve become skilled at brainstorming, developing, and shipping side projects. In the last few years I’ve released more than ten apps, written countless blog posts & articles, and spoken at events & meetups on a variety of topics — all while holding down a full-time job that I love. Through it all, I’ve learned habits, concepts, tips, and techniques that I — and many other developers — have used to ship side projects consistently.
I share a lot of that advice & research with the Monday Mailer, my weekly newsletter. But feedback from subscribers, along with my research, shows many developers are hungry for more. I don’t claim to be an expert; I’m just a developer who has seen the power of side projects to improve your skills and level up your career. I think I can help.
I won’t lie; I’m a bit nervous. The book will be the first time I’ve taken on a writing project of this size. But I learned a long time ago that it’s important to start new, scary things before you feel like you’re ready. Because you’re never going to feel truly ready.
I honestly believe you don’t need someone else’s permission to share your passion, build an audience, and publish your work. The Monday Mailer is one part of that philosophy, for me. Finish Your Damn Side Project will be another.
Even if it doesn’t go as well as I hope, I’ll still learn a lot along the way. And isn’t that one of the biggest benefits of working on a side project?
In the weeks and months to come, I’ll be sharing regular updates — both in the newsletter and here on Medium. In my next update, I’ll share some of the steps I’ve taken to plan & outline the book, along with how I’m approaching the first draft. Want to stay in the loop and get a discount when the book launches? Sign up for the Monday Mailer.