Help me write my next book

Now that Windows Vista Inside Out is off the presses and in stores, I’ve begun writing my next book.

Ah, I can hear you now: Does the world really need another Windows Vista book? Well, no, not really. Which is why this one isn’t just another Windows Vista book. Instead, it takes a completely different approach.

I’m writing this one in public, online, with your help.*

It’s called Windows Vista Well-Connected, and as the title suggests, the idea is to bring together valuable information about Windows Vista from online resources and communities.

You can get a better idea of what the book is about by going to and poking around a little bit.

This post explains the project. If you go to the home page, you’ll find the chapter outline in the sidebar on the right.

I’m especially interested in comments on the first three chapters:

Over the next few days and weeks, I’ll be adding resources to this site, filling in the complete chapter outline, and fleshing out chapters. I won’t be able to do it without your help and support.

And if you know someone who you think can contribute to this site, feel free to pass them this link. There’s strength in numbers.

(* Yes, Scoble, this is your fault. You suggested this nearly four years ago, and it took this long to get a publisher to agree to take the risk. It’s no accident that I’m working with the same editorial team at Wiley who helped you and Shel with your book.)

5 thoughts on “Help me write my next book

  1. I love helping you earn money!

    Will the book be available online (free) when it’s done?

    Also, please don’t use the word “secrets”. I hate it when websites and books publish “secrets” that are oh-so-easy to find elsewhere.

    Finally, the right frame doesn’t seem to load anything except “hello world”. I suggest, say, MediaWiki. (Tried in IE7 and Firefox 2).

  2. I think you should spend some time talking about the media center experience and the various services and add-ons that are available for it.

  3. Hi Ed. Speaking for everyone here at Wiley, we’re thrilled to have you on board and leading the way with the Well-Connected project. We had a great community development experience on Robert and Shel’s book, Naked Conversations, and I’m sure we’ll see the same results with yours.

    On a personal note, having known you for (too) many years now, it’s great to be on the same team with you again on this project!

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