From Medium Blogger to Book Author — You Can Publish a Book Like Me!

Share my experience of three years of blogging, which led to a book. Also, introduce the general process of publishing a book with a reputable publisher.

Yong Cui

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One thing that all of us share in our childhood is reading books in various genres, such as history, mystery, fiction, and science. Some of us, maybe a small portion at a certain point like teenage, may have wondered how it feels to have your name on a book as the author — it must be thrilling!

I had the same thought when I was growing up. Unfortunately, I wasn’t good at writing and didn’t either have great ideas to write about. So, I stopped dreaming to become an author of any book — I knew that publishing a book had nothing to do with me. Particularly, when I spent significant time writing code, authoring seemed to become an even further possibility, as I felt that there was no way you could convert code to a book.

The Primer — First Contact With Medium

I have to admit that I had to rely on Google to solve programming problems in my early projects when I wasn’t familiar with the languages I was using. When I searched for the problems, I was directed to a website called Medium (yes, the same one you’re using now). Initially, I didn’t pay attention to this website, because I was focused on the content itself and I didn’t care where the information resided — personal blog, public website, who cares!

However, many times, my search results directed me to Medium and the technical articles on this platform did help me solve most of my problems. I quickly exceeded the freely allowed number of articles and such a paywall-based business model bothered me for many other websites, and usually, I just stopped visiting these sites. There are tons of sources of (the same/similar) information everywhere on the internet. If you have a paywall, that’s fine and I’ll just stay away from you.

However, Medium was the first exception for me. This open platform did provide quality content (don’t you agree?). You don’t need to navigate tens of websites to gather the information you need, and it’s a one-stop shopping experience…

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Yong Cui

Work at the nexus of biomedicine, data science & mobile dev. Author of Python How-to by Manning (https://www.manning.com/books/python-how-to).