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Johannes de Jong
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Hi John,
Do writers like yourself often frequent sites like this to pick up ideas, examples etc. for the books you write?
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Rick Prevett
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John,
Not a question, but a thank you for making yourself available here at the ranch to answer questions from us about Swing.
I guess I do have a question. Do tech writers like yourself ever have to do any kind of book tour? If so, what kind of places would you go to?
I would think that hanging around the ranch is a much better forum to get your name in circulation and your book noticed at the local bookstore.
Anyway, thanks again.
rick
 
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I try to monitor / participate in the mailing lists to get ideas for problems people are running across for ideas for the books. I tend not to watch/use/scan the various forums that much, though that might change.
I've both worked with publishers to do promotional events and scheduled them on my own. I tend to find a conference in a city I like visiting (London for instance....) and submit a proposal to speak there. Hoping it gets accepted.... I've also gone to the 'local bookstore' to promo books, but not your typical local bookstore.... I've done events at Computer Literacy (now Fatbrain, owned by Barnes and Noble) as well as SoftPro, both technical bookstores. I've also been on the radio a handful of times. NPR for instance. You have the freedom to promote in almost any way immaginable. Personally, I've avoided using an agent, so I've been scheduling the promo events myself. I like to think I've done well enough on the negotiations end where it doesn't warrent paying their percentage. With an agent, they are more inclined to help on the promo end.
I actually have a survey at my website ( http://www.jzventures.com ) to give people an opportunity to suggest my next book. I also get ideas on books from the publishers themselves and readers. I read the reviews at places like Amazon to get ideas for improving books with the next edition. Of course, the comments don't always make sense and I get a laugh out of them..... If you go back and read the comments on a JBuilder book I did, someone states they were upset the book doesn't cover JDBC. Another person commented that I never state that I will cover JDBC in the book (which is the case). And a third states that they were able to quickly create JDBC applications from the book....
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John Zukowski Author of "Definitive Guide to Swing for Java 2" and "Java Collections"
 
Johannes de Jong
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Thanks John. When I do get the time I'll complete the survey.
 
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