I was wondering if some of you have any experiences to share about writing your own books (technical, marketing, business), etc., marketing and making money with them.
Being a bootstrapper myself, when I’m not spending my time improving my product, I’m thinking (among other things) about writing books - mostly technical (e.g. Wed development with Python). But whenever I do the maths, it seems to me almost impossible to make it worthwhile, without somehow your books becoming a Harry Potter - and let’s face it, that’s unlikely.
So then, every time, I’m telling myself that I’m better off spending my time on my product instead.
Given the effort that takes to write a book, I’m wondering if I’m missing something. I must be, because there’s a hell a lot of books out there, so everyone else must know something I don’t.
Can you actually make money with a book?
What sort of sales volumes do technical books achieve?
Is the time better invested in a software product?
Hopefully some of you might have some insights on this topic and perhaps some of you have already been through all this and go the t-shirts. If you could share some of that experience, I for one, and I’m sure many others will be very grateful.