Imagine a college student deciding that, for his first foray into journalism, he would write for The New York Times. Not some page-fifteen human interest story, but real front-page above-the-fold headline news. That would be ridiculous, right?
This metaphor, while exaggerated, captures the essence of my entry into technical content development. In my first year of writing technical tutorials, I published with companies like Smashing Magazine, Twilio, and FloydHub. I've sent articles from college dorm rooms and grungy summer sublets to top publishers who have helped me grow as a programmer and writer while distributing my work to tens of thousands of readers.
You can do the same. I like to think that I'm a decent writer and occasionally crank out some good code, but my success is more a function of the industry. The demand for well-crafted articles about technical topics far outstrips the supply. That means that you can write for the best in the business on your first try.
Alternatively, maybe you take the "indie" part of indie hackers seriously. Really seriously. While this book focuses on the process of writing and publishing with established publications, it is still full of useful insights for people working on product documentation, a personal blog, content marketing for your business, creating education products for software developers, or just trying to write a README that people actually read.
This book isn't just based on my own knowledge. I was lucky enough to interview 11 people as part of this project. Courland Allen (@csallen), Jeff Atwood, Chris On Code (@ChrisOnCode), Peter Cooper (@peterc), Angel Guarisma, Matt Levine, Mark McGranaghan, Patrick McKenzie (@patio11), Tracy Osborn (@tracymakes), Daniel Vassallo (@dvassallo), and Cassidy Williams (@cassidoo) granted fantastic interviews. The complete transcripts of every interview are in Appendix A, which at 45,000 words is like another book tacked onto the end!
I have been working on this book for almost six months and I am really excited to have people read it. I'm also proud to have hit my goal of launching before my (now virtual) college graduation. It is finals week, but I will still be around all day and happy to answer any questions about the process of writing this book.
Right now the book is 12 dollars off (launch pricing) and you can read chapter 1 for free at https://philipkiely.com/assets/files/wfsd_chapter1_sample.pdf
Thanks for Reading,