It’s been a few weeks since the pre-sale of the Docker Recipes for Node.js Development ebook ended, and I haven’t spoken about it much but that doesn’t mean it’s been dormant!
Quite the opposite. In fact, I’m a bit overwhelmed by how quickly things are moving right now.
So I wanted to share an update on what’s been going on, what’s happening next, etc.
The Pre-Sale Numbers
A lot of people have been asking how the pre-sale went.
I had a goal of hitting 100 sales by the end of January, originally. That goal was smashed EASILY in the first week of the pre-sale, which prompted a bonus early recipe to be included in the book!
But the success of the book didn’t stop there.
All said and done, I saw a total of 265 sales of the ebook before the pre-sale period ended!
That number far exceeded my expectations for how well this pre-sale would do.
Thank you to everyone that bought into the pre-sale version! Your trust and willingness to support this book with your wallet is why I do this, and has given me what I need to ensure this book lives up to your standards.
Probably most important thing to happen since the pre-sale ended – and as a direct result of how well the pre-sale went… I’ve hired a technical editor!
This is something that I have wanted to do for every single eBook I’ve written, and I am extremely happy to have done so for this book.
I don’t want to call out any names yet (because I haven’t asked permissions, yet), but I can assure you that this editor has the chops that are needed for this book.
They are not only a great editor – having tackled some eBooks that I am more than familiar with, personally – they are also a Docker expert, eBook author and speaker!
I couldn’t have asked for a better match for an editor on this ebook, and I’m happy to say that they are already in the manuscript, tearing things apart and helping me put it back together.
The First Feedback Cycle
As a part of the ebook pre-sale, those that bought will be included in all feedback cycles for the ebook’s recipes.
The first round survey went out shortly after the pre-sale period ended, and I’ve received a TON of feedback already.
There are a wide variety of opinions, experience levels and ideas coming out of the feedback, including the general sentiment that the “Debugging with VS Code” recipe is a fan favorite, so far.
A number of people suggested the 2 debugging recipes may be better off as a single recipe, as well. This is something I had considered, and wasn’t sure of. But I’ll be leaning heavily on my editor to help me make that decision (and others).
I’m seeing a lot of questions and concerns around Windows based developers with Docker, for feedback and questions, too. This is a bit of a surprise for me, honestly, but it’s some of the most common feedback I’ve seen so far, and has me thinking about how I can best address that. There are are a few cases where I can add Windows specific recipes, and some other options for helping to alleviate the general concerns even before the recipes begin in the book.
New Recipes Coming Soon
With all of this feedback, and with some additional research that I’ve done on my own, I have a fair plan on the next 3 or 4 recipes (at least) to write for the book.
I’m hoping to have 1 more update to the book within February, but it may be early march, depending on scheduling for my editor and for myself.
Owners of the book will be getting updates sent out via email, as soon as they are available.
More Docker On The Way!
In the mean time, I’ve got more Docker content coming out – starting with the Debugging Docker Images webinar that I’ll be hosting on February 27th.
I’m expecting the Q&A session at the end of this to help drive some of the content for the book as well. Any and all questions, comments and feedback I get around Docker – from any source and any angle – will fuel the writing of this book.