Book writing business: Lessons learned with Rick Wicklin

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Being an author can be a tough gig. Lots of writing, reviews, edits, cover approvals…the list goes on and on. But often the good times outweigh the tough times. And we’re so lucky that many of our authors have written more than one book for SAS Press.

One such author is Rick Wicklin. Rick has written two books for SAS Press: Statistical Programming with SAS/IML Software and Simulating Data with SAS, so I decided to ask him, “What lessons have you learned from being a two-time author?”

Statistical Programming with SAS/IML SoftwareHere is Rick’s answer, in his own words: “I’ve learned that when writing a book, the hardest decision is not what to put in the book, but what to leave out.

Obviously, an author is an expert in the book’s topic and knows more than can easily fit in a single book.  In my first book, I included some chapters that are very specialized and detailed. These chapters are valuable for some readers, but other readers are likely to skip those chapters.

When I started writing my second book, I realized that a book about simulation that tries to cover everything would be impossibly thick. Consequently, I had to make hard choices about what topics to omit.  Fortunately, several colleagues and reviewers such as Bob Rodriguez, Senior Director, Advanced Analytics R&D at SAS, gave me valuable advice. I was able to consolidate examples and simplify the presentation. I omitted some topics and put information into five online appendices. I think that the final book not only includes a wealth of practical examples, but also prepares the reader to tackle topics that were omitted.”Simulating Data with SAS

Rick’s answer points to the need for qualified reviewers of SAS Press books. Did you know that you can register to be a reviewer?

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Shelley Sessoms

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Shelley Sessoms is a Community Manager in SAS’ External Communications group. She joined SAS in 2002, and has worked in both the Communications group and SAS Press. Shelley is a true "connector" at heart and is thrilled to be working with SAS customers.

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