On January 7th, 2013, I received an email message from an Acquisitions Editor at Morgan Kaufmann. She had come across my name in the program for the then upcoming Interaction 13 conference. I was leading a half-day workshop on production-ready CSS. She was interested in speaking with me at the conference about a possible writing project, explaining that conference sessions are often good frameworks for books.
I was intrigued, but I didn’t put a lot of stock in it. I assumed that they probably contacted a lot of speakers at the conference and that very few would actually pan out. Besides, she couldn’t have thought too much about it, because she told me that she was looking forward to my session, but then said she would be arriving Sunday evening. The workshop was Sunday afternoon.
We scheduled to meet during the Tuesday afternoon break. She asked me if I had ever thought about writing a book, and I replied quite honestly that I hadn’t, not seriously anyway. I had read Dan Saffer’s Designing for Interaction and thought that I might like to write a book like that some day, but there’s a big difference between that kind of thought and the drive to do it. That said, ever since I had received the email, I had been rolling the possibility around in my head.
Our discussion wasn’t very long. She was familiar with my writing here on DesignAday, so I guess my blogging has finally resulted in something more than an academic exercise. We parted with an agreement to pursue the idea. She would send me a proposal form, and we would go from there.