Aspiring independent software developers can benefit from a new guide that is designed to evolve and grow even after they've bought it.
The ebook career.fork() is a hit-the-ground-running guide to striking out alone which uses a dynamic new publishing process to automatically provide readers with all subsequent versions.
Written from scratch after the author found himself repeatedly doling out similar advice to fellow programmers about going freelance, the book takes its cues from the 'lean startup' movement: with 'lean publishing', authors publish as soon as is practical, then update their books often, with all buyers getting the updates for free for life.
Career.fork() is already at an advanced stage, with more than 150 pages of advice drawn from a network of freelance developers. Author and experienced independent dev Steve Jalim plans to push out incremental improvements (both new sections and extra detail) based on the feedback that comes in from people who buy the book.
"I wanted to make something genuinely useful to freelancers, and publishing it this way means I can respond to what people want to hear more about", says Steve. "Right now, from the decision to strike out on your own to keeping your clients happy, from managing finances to winning new work and more, there's already enough in here that any software freelancer or contractor should get something from the book."