I really enjoy writing books, and the OpenOffice.org 2 Guidebook is doing a pretty brisk business. So after chatting with my friend and former co-author Floyd, I thought -- well, clearly, another book is an option.
The question is, what topic?
I've got a few ideas. Some are technical/professional, some social. Here are the technical/professional ones.
OpenOffice.org Databases. I would have to do a fair amount of work on this and it would NOT teach about the individual databases like mySQL. It would just be a focused book on everything you can do in OpenOffice.org that's related to databases. It would likely cover the syntax for connecting to various databases like mySQL, but it's not a book you go to to understand outer joins, optimization, proper table construction, etc. It'd only be about the OpenOffice.org tools.
A focused OpenOffice.org book on another topic?
A Linux for Regular People book. I think my chief competition/model for this would be the No Starch Press Ubuntu book. Basically, how does someone who does NOT want to understand Linux, but wants an inexpensive non-monopolistic computer, switch to Linux? The idea would be very very minimal installation, some coverage of how to find files, organize, general operating system stuff; a few tips on peripherals like printers and cameras; minimal basics on Internet, and then 5-20 pages on 20-30 or so of the most important applications. I would basically recommend hardware and OSes that are likely to Just Work Without Fiddling in the Guts, so that users/readers could focus on using the computer and finding out about all the cool applications that are out there for free.
New: Something like "Replacing Publisher With Writer and Draw" that would concentrate on fancy layout and also have a lot of templates for postcards, cute brochures, clipart and instructions for adding it to the gallery, etc?
A totally non-OpenOffice.org book about plain old good writing. Business writing and good basic grammar and punctuation. It would be along the lines of this blog, in the same general casual style. Maybe 200 pages. It would also cover good basics on how to organize and write an email or white paper.
Ideally, the perfect book to give every new employee who has to do any writing on the job. Nothin' fancy.
Any votes? I of course want to write something for a large audience.
PS As soon as I catch my breath in March, I'll be contacting you folks who wrote to me about transition stories.