This is an excerpt from Better Books with LaTeX the Agile Way. You can get a copy here. While we have discussed how to include the reader by creating user stories and personas, we have not included actual readers in our publishing process. In this chapter, we will discuss how listening to your audience can help to …
If, during writing, despite all that preparation, you still end up missing some information—a transition, a reference, a table, a diagram, or a photo—and if you do not have the resource available right away, just insert a placeholder and add a reminder.
In fiction works, after creating your world and characters, it is time to put them into a specific situation and think about how they would act. This ensures that they will come to life and that they really are the actors of your story—and do not seem like they are hanging from the strings of a puppeteer.
For fiction books, you cannot simply map your user stories directly into individual chapters of your book. Instead, you have to approach the project in several phases:
If you are writing a non-fiction book, the next steps are straightforward. What the reader wants to read and what you will provide with user stories is very much aligned. A reader has a specific problem, need, or interest, and you are trying to solve it by providing instructions or information.
When deciding for whom you are writing, come up with representative examples of people who will read your book. Apply names to make it more personal (and easier to remember): Peter, Bob, Mary, etc. and write a short biography and a list of interests each of those personas have that relate to your book.
A successful book is not made of what is in it, but what is left out of it.
This is an excerpt from Better Books with LaTeX the Agile Way. You can get a copy here. The best advice I ever got was, “Nobody is coming.” Well, at least without a reason they will not. Your inner voice may argue that if only every 1,000th person in the country bought your book, you …
How listening to your audience can help to improve the quality of a book. #feedback #agile #writing #publishing
Now that you have written and ordered all your user stories, switch your “hat” from being an idea person to a writer. #writing #projectmanagement #agile