Publishing deal signed with Packt for jME3 Beginner’s Book
We got some monkeylicious news for you. On behalf of the jMonkey team, Ruth Kusterer @zathras has signed a contract with Packt Publishing to write an introductional book about jMonkeyEngine 3 (!!!). The book will target the beginner’s guide category, which should make it suitable for anyone between “just discovered jME” to “been playing with it for a while”.
Packt Publishing is a fairly young company, established in 2004. They excel at IT and open source publications. A highly scalable publishing model enables them to collaborate with fairly small projects such as ourselves. Our relationship with them thus far can be sweetly described as friendly and most certainly fruitful.
How it happened
Writing a jME book has always been on our roadmap, but the original plan was to wait until the first stable release. Shortly after the the PacktPub Open Source Awards however (we only made it to finalist), we received an e-mail. Apparently Henry Tong @htong had contacted PacktPub about authoring a jMonkeyEngine beginner’s book, and they were interested! So he passed the brilliant news on to us and formality-grinding followed for a couple months until present day.
As it turns out, Henry is unfortunately unable to co-author this book together with Ruth as we had originally planned, but he already contributed a lot of work to the outline and is still around as a volunteer reviewer; many thanks mate!
We don’t have a release date as of yet, only a deadline: December. Assuming we make the deadline, we still can’t estimate the exact time taken from final book submission to print & distribution.
** Hairy hugs go out to all of you who put us on the map of the web in proper screaming-monkey fashion! **