Dan Gookin has posted a fun (and free!) pdf that should be useful to any blogger unfamiliar with basic html.

Dan says “It was a fun project. Despite there being only a handful of truly useful or fun HTML text formatting commands, the thing ended up being 26 pages long. But it’s 26 fun pages. I even got a chance to recycle some artwork from my old and never completed Web Publishing book (from 2002). So I hope folks enjoy it and can get a lot from it.”

Check it out and spread the word — The Blogger’s Guide to HTML

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Find it here.

They’ve also linked to a few of their author blogs, including those of Ben Willmore, Adam Engst, Maria Langer and Jim Heid. Nice start.

Every publisher should have an author blogroll.

Wiley’s Jim Minatel has done a good job with this. So have APress and O’Reilly.


I’ve been reading two anonymous literary agent blogs with great pleasure.

Today, the wonderfully snarky Miss Snark points to a helpful post on Firing Your Agent.

And Agent 007 weighs in on the Acknowledgements section.

These two can, and will, say anything they like without concern of alienating their clients or publishers. Both make for great reading and offer plenty of technical insight, especially for first time authors looking to catch an agent’s eye.


Jim Minatel of Wiley has a excellent post today about donating to the Red Cross via Amazon (at $10,000,000 so far), and how it might be improved. He also encourages his readers to ask for Katrina donations this Christmas in lieu of gifts. That’s a great idea.

I don’t think I mentioned Jim’s blog earlier, but I meant to. He has excellent, ongoing coverage of the Wrox imprint and goes deep into the nitty gritty details of publishing high-level technical titles. Anyone who wants to write for Wrox should subscribe to his feed.

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Here are a few blogs from computer book acquisitions editors. I’ll add others as I find them. These might give you a good idea of what these folks publish and what they’re looking for.

Microsofty Juliana Aldous Atkinson has blogged extensively about computer books, crafts, and balancing her active work and life. I don’t know where she finds the time to write!

“For Dummies” executive editor, and sometime Indy rocker, Steve Hayes, pens Confessions of a Wayward Valedictorian . Steve acquires books on Windows, eBay, web design, the Internet and many top selling categories.

“For Dummies” programming acquisition editor Katie Feltman just started her own blog, Play Doh . (Katie is moving her blog to Geekswithblogs.com, I’ll update her link soon)

And Chris Webb, who works with Joe Wikert’s group at Wiley, sporadically announces new titles on his extreme tech blog . And although he didn’t blog it, he’s the author of one of my favorite hit list callouts when he asked agents for “All hardware hackers, alpha-geeks, and mad scientists – looking for folks doing some bizarre, interesting, and “because you can” type of stuff with various hardware and gadgets.” Chris is the editor behind the Linux Toys, PC Toys, Geek House and the “Hacking” series.

I’ll look for blogs written by trade editors. There are plenty of blogs at Publisher’s Marketplace from book sellers, book doctors and quite a few authors, but I’m betting that most trade editors are too busy reading and editing — they’re much too busy trying to filter out the number of proposals they’re looking at — while for the tech folks these tools are second nature and a great way to communicate with a large pool of potential authors.

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