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Feb 10, 2019 16:13:04

100 Days of Writing

by @basilesamel PATRON | 444 words | 460🔥 | 511💌

Basile Samel

Current day streak: 460🔥
Total posts: 511💌
Total words: 233771 (935 pages 📄)

I left college in March last year but my graduation ceremony only takes place a year later. I will receive my official degree on March the 15th. A chapter of my life is ending, and there is no more appropriate time to release a book documenting my journey so far.

I have been writing continuously for 100 days, and I have a bit more than a month to get ready. Time to plan.

Yesterday I performed an inventory of my writings and found out I have more than 100 pages of raw posts relevant to the topics the book will be about. I will end up exceeding my initial goal of 100 pages after editing, reviewing, and integrating new complementary pieces. I won't have to worry about running out of valuable content. More importantly, I am on schedule.

Today I started gathering everything in one Markdown file. I thought about using a traditional WYSIWYG text editor or a LaTeX file, but Markdown has multiple advantages when you are writing a book:

  • Plain text format: you can focus on the content rather than having to worry about how it will look.
  • Easy versioning: Markdown is extremely light-weight. I just created a private Github repository and I plan on storing all the versions of my draft on it.
  • Pandoc + BibTex: You can use Pandoc to convert Markdown files to any kind of ebook format you might need. Epub, PDF, and Kindle in a few command lines! BibTex is used to manage the references you use in your text automatically (no headache).

When I announced I wanted to write a book, I declared I would create dedicated tools on 200WaD to allow anyone to self-publish. I'm going to postpone that.

Instead, I decided to publish it by myself outside 200WaD. There is already a lot of things going on in there and I don't want to add more on my plate right now. On the other hand, going through all the pain points authors are experiencing will be a valuable lesson for the future of this platform.

In parallel, I'm going to market the ebook the same way I'm marketing my software products. I've already been sharing openly how I am writing the book and the content used as raw material. I'm going to set up a teaser website with a form to pre-order and a link to all the related posts on 200WaD. Once the book is ready I will upload it to Gumroad, Amazon KDP, and my dedicated website. I will launch on Product Hunt, Indie Hackers, and other communities of entrepreneurs. Since it's my first try my expectations are quite low. Let's see how the wind blows.

From Basile Samel's collection:

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    @basilesamel Grats! I remember my first 100th post, back in the days it was a huge milestone for me. But soon you'll realize you're only a few hundred posts away from your 1000th post :D Keep up the good work!

    Janne Koponen avatar Janne Koponen | Feb 11, 2019 09:56:56
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    @basilesamel Happy 100, old man!

    Mark Armstrong avatar Mark Armstrong | Feb 10, 2019 13:46:27
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      @RealNegotiator haha thank you sir!

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Feb 11, 2019 02:56:43
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    @basilesamel wow 100 days already! Time flies. Though I had read many of your publicbook posts, still can't quite see how all of them thread together. I guess that's the benefit of putting it all in a book. Looking fwd to seeing your book site!

    Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Feb 10, 2019 17:36:15
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      @jasonleow Yes giving structure to the ideas is the most important part :)

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Feb 10, 2019 16:41:33
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      @basilesamel Agree. Just curious: what other extra things will be in the book that's not in your posts? Asking for selfish, learning purposes for my own publicbook haha

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Feb 10, 2019 19:00:34
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      @jasonleow not sure yet, but overall I have to expand on concepts I treated in my posts like digital nomadism for entrepreneurs for example

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Feb 11, 2019 15:09:13
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