It’s been more than a month since I posted, but lest any of you suspect me of getting lazy, I’ve been busy with two book projects, plus the usual summer assortment of activities. Blogging, tweeting, and Facebook posting have taken a backseat for a stretch as I tweak formulas and layouts for one book (baseball pennant races), and submit rewrites for chapters on the other book (Gephi and network visualization).
The past week is a good case in point as I submitted eight chapter rewrites in less than a week, as the publisher is pushing (nicely) to have the book available in September. For anyone interested in the topic (I am personally fascinated with networks and what they reveal about a variety of subjects), here’s a link to the book’s page at Packt.
It’s pretty exciting to be part of this whole publishing process, and to be implementing suggestions from a group of reviewers who I’ve never met, but who are obviously passionate about both Gephi and the broader subject of network visualization. Their constructive criticism and honest feedback is making this book many times better than it would have been if I was working alone through the process. Once the book is complete, I’ll offer more detail and insight into the people behind the book.
We’re now entering the layout and design phase of the publishing cycle, which can be challenging for books such as this that combine text with a lot of images. Given the hundreds of books of this type that Packt has produced, I’m confident the final layout will look great, and we’ll have produced a book that helps introduce new users to the exciting world of Gephi and network graphs.
Meanwhile, I’m back on the pennant race book, and still holding to a 2013 publishing date (albeit later in the year than originally intended). If the 2013 season data is available in time, I may be able to include it in the book while still publishing before the December holiday season. Who knows, it might make a nice Christmas gift for that baseball fan on your list!by