Ramp-up to Finnish book publishing - Tivi interview etc.
Last two weeks to wait and the Finnish version of the Dragons Out book is in my hands. Hopefully yours, too! Go to https://www.dragonsout.com/p/preorder-dragons-out-book.html if you haven't yet : ). On the ramp-up, it is good to read my interview in the largest Finnish IT-magazine, Tivi. Among other things, I'm hinting at the hidden jewels of intriguing analogies in the book that only adults can spot! See if you can notice how real-life software testing is reflected in the fantasy world! Or compete with your kid about who notices most analogies.
Tomorrow, I'll speak about the book project in the largest software testing conference in Europe - EuroSTAR. That'll be great!
My seven-year-old son finally agreed to listen to the Dragons Out book. He is still a little young considering the target age of the book (10-12 years and up), but mature enough to listen to the story and the testing examples. I read a few first chapters to him. He wants to hear more, and moreover, he says my book is better than Ella-books that he has been listening to most of the past year. He also wants to have his own copy of the book! To me, that is an unbeatable benchmark. I was so happy!
I've emailed all those who ordered the Finnish version of the book for confirmation of email addresses. The Finnish Dragons Out book will be published on Dec 1, in less than two weeks! The book is currently in the printing house. After Dec 1, I will mail the book(s) to those who preordered it! Thanks again all!
The donation and preordering campaign I've been running this autumn is bearing fruit. I have direct donations to schools and also there are regular preorders, where I have promised to donate a book to schools for each 3 sold books. Over 20 Finnish IT companies added their name to the donation list by preordering. This on top of the crowdfunding campaign of 2019. This will be an impressive list when I hand it to the Ministry of Education!
Earlier this autumn, I contacted many schools in Finland, some directly and many over math and IT teacher groups in Facebook, to find out who would be interested in receiving donated books from the IT industry. I got so many interested schools that I was swamped in email for several days. After that, I created a form to express interest in receiving donated books. As it is, I will be sending donated books to 50 schools. They will each receive several books - let's see how many that will be exactly. Preorders and donations are still coming in all the time.
The schools will also receive a Creative Commons licensed PowerPoint which I have created and which is now in a trial in a few schools. With the PowerPoint, I hope to give tools for all the teachers in the world to tell their students about software testing. The PowerPoint will be available on my web site.
You can still preorder the Finnish book for a few more weeks https://www.dragonsout.com/p/preorder-dragons-out-book.html
The English publisher is currently in tech edit. To be precise, they have done house-styling to the book and are in the process of proof-reading and reviewing. It will still take a bit of time before they announce the publishing date. However, it will be worth the wait. The book will come out in hardcover, softcover, e-book and audiobook.
You can keep preordering the English book at https://www.dragonsout.com/p/preorder-dragons-out-book.html