Week 4 progress
This week, I've published a more detailed version of the book's outline: https://dev-concepts.dev/table-of-contents/
That took me two evenings, but I think it's worth the effort, given that it provides much more information about what the book will include (it's actually much more than that, but it was too long already :p). I've tried to convey the essence of the book and made sure that the page is working fine for different devices.
I've also estimated the page count for all chapters, which made me realize that I plan to write > 1K pages for this book, which is H-U-G-E. But since I already wrote and published an 800+ pages book, I tend to think that I'll handle it ;-)
This forced me to adapt the anticipated release date from March 2021 to December 2021 (yes, ouch!), because I have to stay realistic. It'll take time and a lot of effort.
I've also improved the product page on Gumroad (https://gumroad.com/l/DevConcepts) to include a FAQ, links to the complete outline, and, more importantly, a revamped pricing. Since the page count is much higher than anticipated, I've split the product into multiple variants for specific reader profiles that I've imagined.
Now I have:
- A full edition will all parts
- A basics edition for aspiring developers
- An advanced edition for those who already acquired the basics (going towards back-end, front-end, secure coding, etc)
- A back-end edition for aspiring back-end developers
- A front-end edition for aspiring front-end developers
- An architect edition for those who prefer to stay in their ivory towers ;-)
I didn't want to have too many options and I think that I found the right balance between "1 product for each part + 1 for the whole" and "everything or nothing at all".
Estimating the price for the different parts was a tad difficult, but here's what I did:
- I looked at the price per page of many similar books (retail & self-published) to find a reasonable mean and settled on 0.10€/page
- I calculated the raw price for each part based on its estimated page count
- I rounded up/down those prices to get something more meaningful
- I summed up the prices per edition of the book
- I've set an early-bird price reduction of 30% (gotta start somewhere!)
To finish up, I've rounded the prices again and reduced them to the .99th percentile (because it's a classic "trick" I guess :p)
Finally, I've published a new edition of my newsletter to share some news about the project (and other news): https://mailchi.mp/dfa8976880d4/developassions-newsletter-13
Now, I can focus on writing for a while :)