In the first book, I wrote chapters 7 and 40, and was one of 53 MVPs that contributed. And the proceeds went to War Child. Yes, none of the MVPs who wrote, edited, etc, got any royalties – that all went to charity.
This time, I wrote just one chapter (chapter 2), but there have been at least seventy MVPs involved. Sixty chapters all by different MVPs, with more MVPs involved as section editors, technical editors and more. And the money this time goes to Operation Smile, another international children's charity.
It's being published in time for the PASS Summit (which is now less than two weeks away), and there will be a book signing for people who have their copies already. You can pre-order through the Manning website at http://www.manning.com/delaney/, but if you do this, you might not have it for the signing. With most of the authors present, you might prefer to try your luck at picking up a copy at the Summit if you can make it.
If you're not going to be at the Summit, then notice that you can pre-order the book and that this gets you an Early Access Edition – an electronic copy of some of the chapters as they become available.
But my chapter is different again – you can download it for FREE. No strings attached. You'll see a link on the page to my chapter, and can enjoy it straight away, without having to pay anything at all.
I'm sure I will have missed someone in this list, but I have to provide it because it's just so extraordinary. The list of MVPs I know were involved includes:
Johan Ahlen, Gogula Aryalingam, Glenn Berry, Aaron Bertrand, Kevin Boles, Robert Cain, Tim Chapman, Denny Cherry, Michael Coles, Rod Colledge, John Paul Cook, Louis Davidson, Kalen Delaney, Dave Dustin, Rob Farley, Grant Fritchey, Denis Gobo, Darren Gosbell, Sergio Govoni, Allan Hirt, Victor Isakov, Satya Shyam K Jayanty, Tibor Karaszi, Jungsun Kim, Tobiasz Koprowski, Hugo Kornelis, Ted Krueger, Matija Lah, Rodney Landrum, Greg Larsen, Peter Larsson, Andy Leonard, Ami Levin, Greg Low, John Magnabosco, Jennifer McCown, Brad McGehee, Siddharth Mehta, Ben Miller, Allan Mitchell, Tim Mitchell, Luciano Moreira, Jessica Moss, Aaron Nelson, Paul Nielsen, Shahriar Nikkhah, Robert Pearl, Boyan Penev, Pedro Perfeito, Pawel Potasinski, Mladen Prajdic, Abolfazl Radgoudarzi, Paul Randal, Denis Reznik, Rafael Salas, Edwin Sarmiento, Chris Shaw, Gail Shaw, Linchi Shea, Jen Stirrup, Jason Strate, Kimberly Tripp, Paul Turley, Bill Vaughn, Mike Walsh, Peter Ward, Joe Webb, John Welch, Allen White and Thiago Zavaschi.
Most are authors, some (like Aaron Nelson and Jen Stirrup) were technical editors, and some (like Paul Randal and Kimberly Tripp) were section editors. And Kalen Delaney was the overall editor and responsible for everything.
So a big thanks to Manning to make this possible, and to Kalen Delaney for leading the effort.
To potential buyers, see it as a series of short stories, and an opportunity to see a little into the minds of many of the industry's leading lights.
And buy a copy – it's for charity!