A few moment ago, I finished writing Windows Phone Secrets.
Well. Put more accurately, I finished the initial writing pass, and submitted the final complete chapter to the publisher.
There’s still a lot of work to do, but the truly awful part is over.
Up next: The "front matter," which is actually about half written and consists largely of introductory material. And AR, or "author review," where I have to deal with all of the edits made by copy and technical editors. During this phase, I’m still working with marked up Word documents and I can easily add text. I intend to do so, mostly around shoring up the language so it’s consistent. (There are a lot of new Windows Phone terms and they’ve changed over time.) But I’ll also add information where I can, and I’ll do a pass through all my notes and other resources with each AR’d chapter to make sure they’re all as complete as possible.
After that is a quicker pass through PDF versions of the actual book pages. At this point, of course, only critical changes can be made, and nothing that will impact the flow/page count of the book.
And through all this, of course, I have a lot more to write, here on the blog, and on the SuperSite. I promised some discussions around money, and there’s more to say about the writing process, which hopefully isn’t as tortured for others as it is for me.
Anyway. I’m exhausted, and we’ve got a family from Germany arriving tomorrow for the home swap, so there’s work to be done around the house. And then we’re off to Germany for three weeks. I’ll be working each day while I’m there, but not on a normal schedule. I won’t be positive what that looks like until we’re there a few days.
Update: It occurs to me that a more Windows Phone-centric "Achievement unlocked" graphic is in order. Yes, this will do nicely. :)