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
The first chapter of the Dragons Out book can be read as a very nice EuroSTAR Huddle ebook https://huddle.eurostarsoftwaretesting.com/resources/other/dragons-out/ I'm happy about the cooperation with EuroSTAR software testing conferences organization about this ebook. Readers at the Huddle have access to all sorts of interesting software testing related content, and now my Dragons Out book is featured there, too! Of course, the full book (ebook or printed version) will only be available through the publishing of the whole book. Speaking of which, I have a very interesting discussion going on with several English publishers and expect to have a publishing agreement in a few weeks.
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!