Writing a Book For 2020

I’ve been thinking about writing a book for a few years now. There is a lot of things I’ve learned the hard way in the last 20 years of my career that I would like to share with others. If I do write a book in 2020, it will be short, and I will write just a few pages each week. (Short books are better.)

I’ll be doing my own writing, editing, and layout (although I might hire a bit of help with the editing and layout).

Here are a few features I plan to include with the book:

  • The book will be distributed primarily as a PDF. However, there will be a audio version of each chapter and I’ll try to include a video with each chapter where it makes sense.
  • There will probably be a study guide and sample tests/exercises in a separate document so the books could be used as part of a course.
  • I’m thinking the book will be released for free under the Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International Creative Commons License. This includes related formats (audio and video), any templates, and any example work products or data sets. (I don’t need more money…I need to spend more time in the mountains doing landscape photography.) I might ask for donations from working professionals to cover the cost of hiring help with editing and layout, but don’t need to make a profit.
  • Any and all source code that accompanies the book will also be released under the GPL or LGPL.

You can help me choose what book to write in 2020! I have many ideas, but can’t write them all. Here is my list of book ideas:

  • Mapping Project Success – Project Management For Land Surveyors And GIS Professionals
  • A Beginners Guide To Topographic Maps
  • Practical Boundary Surveying For The Modern Land Surveyor
  • Boundary Surveys For The Lawyer – A Practical Guide
  • Integrating Survey Data Into QGIS (With Examples In Python)
  • Managing Field Survey Data with Trimble Business Center
  • SketchUp For Land Planning And Community Design
  • Pragmatic Geodesy (With GPS) For The Working Land Surveyor
  • Simple Adjustment Of Survey Measurement Error – Survey Network Adjustments You Can Understand (Without Least Squares)

Shoot me an e-mail at sunburned.surveyor@gmail.com to let me know which title interests you the most.

Not promising I will get to this project in 2020! I’m just giving it serious consideration at this point.