We walked in and were second in line to put our name on the list. Then a man walked in behind us. He was still wearing his Tech·Ed name badge so we all made a little small talk. Turns out that he was alone, so Gerry invited him to join us. It was about a 10 minute wait for the table so we sat a bar table and started talking.
As it happens, this guy is an Executive Editor for O’Reilly. He’s only been there for a short time (four months I think), but has been in the industry for several years. We come to find out later that he is the most published editor of technology books.
I probably have books with his name on them. Now I have to look and see.
We had really good conversation for quite a while, ranging from the use of humor in technology books to the effect of online reading and writing on book sales. (O’Reilly has their own online book subscription service called Safari; it works kind of like Netflix.) We also found out that there is a committee responsible for choosing the animals that go on the cover of each of their books.
It was all really interesting. I learned a lot about the process. Plus I might even get to be a technical reviewer on some books in the future.
On a separate note, Kelly is flying down tomorrow just in time to go with me to the attendee party at Universal Studios. I can hardly wait!