I got my first idea for a book that would combine fantasy and software testing years ago. I wanted to find a way to make software testing interesting to kids. People in the software testing industry understand very well that there is always a shortage of software testing. It usually stems from not knowing enough about the importance of testing. Testing is easily considered a necessary evil. However, it is enormous fun and a profession of its own. Why not tell about the fun of software testing already to children in an engaging way? Dragons and knights found their way into my book. Finally, my sabbatical year gave me a chance to put some words together to make the story. I wrote the first draft of the first chapter in Finnish in late 2018 and sped up with the other chapters during the rest of my sabbatical in 2019. There are many more steps to take, including deciding about the extent of illustration, negotiating with book publishers, and editing the book. But we'll get there soo
I've made progress! I've translated everything to English and received and processed review comments for all the chapters from the first English pilot readers. So the big chunk of creative work is done, although plenty of reviewing and editing still remain. As for publishers, the process of selecting publishers for both Finnish and English version of the book is on-going. Those processes are always slow so I expect them to take more time. Concerning illustration, Adri is working on the priority three pictures, made possible by the 2019 crowdfunding campaign. We both think that after that illustration the balance of text and pictures will be rather optimal. In the sample below, only priority 1 pictures are used. Here I've turned the English sample layout of chapter 1 into pictures. This is the whole chapter including the introductory parts. Enjoy. Make sure to Subscribe to the blog to get more news!
On autumn 2020, I'm running a campaign where for each sold three copies of the Finnish version of the Dragons Out book I will donate one book to Finnish schools. For the English version of the book, I don't have a possibility of extra donation, but you can donate some of the books you buy to your local school. You could buy books for yourself, your child, friends, colleagues, stakeholder groups, anyone! Of course, you could also buy books directly for your local school. Deadline for the Finnish donation campaign is Oct 20, 2020, although you can, of course, preorder books also after that. Preorders by Dec 9, 2020, will be in time before Christmas. Why not make this year's Christmas present a nice Dragons Out testing & fantasy book? The publishing date of the Finnish book is Dec 1, 2020, so I'll be able to get the books to you in time for Christmas deliveries. For the English donation campaign, you can also preorder, but my publisher in the UK has not yet confirmed