Guess a name to win a copy of my book

Would you like to have some fun, and perhaps win a copy of my upcoming book too? Just guess the name of the girl on the cover! The first person to get it right will receive a free copy of the book, in a choice of paperback or ebook format.

The book is all about using a wiki for technical communication. It’s called Confluence, Tech Comm, Chocolate: A wiki as platform extraordinare for technical communication. It will be published in February by Richard Hamilton at XML Press.

The book cover

I love the illustrations in the book, and especially the picture on the cover. They are the work of a talented artist named Ryan Maddox.

Cover of "Confluence, Tech Comm, Chocolate"

Who is the girl on the cover?

She is the hero of the book. She is a technical communicator extraordinaire. Let’s dub her X for now. When you read the book, you will follow X as she sets up a Confluence wiki and adds a technical documentation space. Learn from her expertise with the wiki editor and macros. Share her adventures in agile development and search engine optimisation. Grow wings, as X does, and make your wiki documentation fly. Discover why X says we need a “kiss my wiki” attitude.

Guess her name – one guess per comment, guess as often as you like

What is X’s real name? Add your guesses as comments on this blog post. It’s just her first name, one word, that you’re looking for. You can add as many comments as you like, and write whatever you like in the comment, but please put only one suggested name per comment.

The first person to get it right wins a free copy of the book. You can choose whether you want a printed book (paperback), a Kindle version or an EPUB version.

If no-one has guessed the right name in the next few days, I’ll add a hint.

Let the fun begin. πŸ™‚

Another chance to win

Here’s another opportunity to win a free copy of the book: Head on over to XML Press and sign up for email notification about the book. Your name will be automatically entered into a draw for a free copy.

Hint: Think chocolate

Here’s a clue: Our hero’s name has something to do with chocolate.

Keep guessing. πŸ™‚ I’ll add another clue soon!

(Hint added on Sunday 15 January, early morning Sydney time.)

We have a winner!

The name of the girl on the cover is…Β  Ganache. Congratulations toΒ Jill Brockmann on guessing the name and winning a free copy of the book!

So, Ganache is the name of our our technical communicator extraordinaire. But this may be the first time ever that the word is used as a person’s or character’s name. Ganache is also a mixture of chocolate and cream, used to fill chocolates or cakes. People often add a flavour to the mixture, such as chopped raspberries to make a raspberry ganache.

Thank you to everyone for taking part. I hope you’ve had as much fun as I have!

(Winner announced on Sunday 15 January, 6pm Sydney time.)

About Sarah Maddox

Technical writer, author and blogger in Sydney

Posted on 14 January 2012, in book, Confluence, confluence tech comm chocolate, technical writing, wiki and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 132 Comments.

  1. Her name is PATTY. If Chocolate is in the title, then her name HAS TO BE PATTY. I am told chocolate is the reason my eyes are brown… or er, something like that.

    I’m sure that’s not right, but a girl can dream, no?

  2. Her name is “Reader,” as in the reader because the book is all about empowering the reader to do all of these awesome wiki things! Ok, I’m probably way off, but at least I have a theory. πŸ™‚

    • Hallo Arwen
      That’s a nice name and a good theory. But not right. I do love the phrase “these awesome wiki things”. It rhymes with “wings”, which are in the book… πŸ˜‰
      Cheers, Sarah

  3. Her name is…Cocoa

  4. Her name is Charlotte. Because it sounds like “chocolate” and because her right foot is located about where the city of Charlotte, North Carolina, would be. (I know. I can’t help it. I’m a map geek.)

  5. Not Donna, is it? πŸ™‚

  6. Connie?

    As in “Connie 4.1 has a better editor than Connie 4.0 and Connie 3.x”.

  7. Kimmie, as it rhymes so nicely with Kiss my Wiki. This could be short for Kimberly or Kimberley, of course. πŸ˜‰

  8. Joy, because she looks happy.

  9. Well duh. It has to be Sue!


  10. I think we should all get chocolate just for playing. Who’s with me?!?

  11. Oh connie was already guessed. How about Wendy?

    • Hallo Matt
      Not Wendy. That’s a pretty name. It makes me think of fairies and wings — must be the Peter Pan connection. But it’s not the name of the girl on the cover. πŸ™‚
      Cheers, Sarah

  12. Flo, or Florence, in honor of the TV character who used to say “kiss my grits.” (I have no idea whether that piece of American pop culture would make sense in Australia.)

    By the way, you’re right: The cover art is wonderful. Kudos to Ryan!

    • Thanks Larry, I’ll pass the message on to Ryan. And no, it’s not Flo or Florence. One of the paths of reasoning that you mentioned in your earlier comment may get you closer… ♥

  13. I hope it’s not Travis. Travis is a horrible girl’s name.

  14. Nice cover.

    The girl’s name is…… (oops I’m not allowed to enter am I ?)

    Looking forward to seeing the completed book.

  15. Annie? As in Annie Writer, or Annie Good-Writer πŸ™‚

  16. Sarah, you’ve mentioned wings twice now. It’s not Angel, is it? Or Angela?

    • Hallo Bill
      It’s not Angel or Angela. Yes, wings have come up a couple of times. So have other themes. The name does belong to one of the themes… ♥
      Cheers, Sarah

  17. Maybe her name is “Charlie” – you know, Charlie & The Chocolate Factory? Meh -perhaps not, since that could be short for Charlotte.

    • Hallo Patty
      Good try, but not right. There is a Charlie in the book, though. He’s a product manager who interacts with customers on the wiki. Have another go!
      Cheers, Sarah

  18. Oh my gosh! I know I already guessed. But is her name Sarah?

    • Hallo Li-At
      Not Sarah. In fact, one of the reasons I invented the character is so that I didn’t have to keep seeing my name on all the screenshots. πŸ™‚
      Cheers, Sarah

  19. What about Miki, because she likes to use wikis?

    • Hallo Nicole
      I love it! But it’s not her name. BTW, a speaker at a recent meeting told us that her colleagues call her “wiki chicky” because she looks after the organization’s wiki. (That’s not a clue. It’s just that your comment reminded me of it.) πŸ˜€
      Cheers, Sarah

  20. While I’m here, I’ll add another guess – is her name Nicole?

  21. Mint Crisp, or some variant thereof?

  22. If she grows wings, perhaps her name is a feminine form of “Icarus”. Icara maybe?

  23. Is it Renee? Damn it, I feel like I should know this.

  24. How about Kathy as in Chatty Kathy because she is a communicator.

  25. Jennifer

  26. My guess is Mariposa.

  27. her name is Katy Perry and I claim my free chocolate

  28. Her name is Heidi

    • Hallo Leen
      Ha ha, that’s cute, and a bit naughty. I’m guessing I may have run into some trouble with intellectual property laws if I’d chosen that name. πŸ™‚
      Cheers, Sarah

  29. Hi Sarah! Cool competition. πŸ™‚

    Is it Lotta, sounds like chocolate?


  30. Of course, it is Lena or Magdalena!

    • Hallo Axel
      Not even close. Although… the name Magdalena contains all the letters in our hero’s name, except for two. Our hero’s name has two letters that are not in “Magdalena”. β™₯
      Cheers, Sarah

  31. Kiwi?

  32. LAURA

  33. I’m gonna go with Vicky because it shares one letter with “Eve” and it rhymes with wiki

  34. Why the woman on the cover must be Sarah Maddox herself!

  35. Or perhaps Carolina?

    • Hallo Alan
      Not Rachel or Lakshmi. Those are nice names, and so different! Keep thinking… I’ve added a clue: The name has something to do with chocolate.
      Cheers. Sarah

  36. I very much hope it’s Sarah

  37. Flo (from Florence Jean Castleberry who said Kiss my grits )

  38. Hallo everyone!

    Thanks so much for all the great guesses so far! No-one has it right yet, though a couple of people are not far off. I’ve added a clue to the post: Think chocolate!

    Our hero’s name has something to do with chocolate. That’s something close to all our hearts, and many of us are experts in the field. πŸ˜‰ Keep trying! I’ll add another clue soon. β™₯

    Cheers, Sarah

  39. Toblerone! (LOL!)

  40. Tootsie! (OK, I’m just being silly now!)

    • Ha ha, I love the names you’ve suggested, Caerlynn! None of them is our hero’s name, but thanks so much for joining in and giving us all some fun. πŸ™‚
      Cheers, Sarah

  41. Hershey, as in the kisses? πŸ™‚

    • Hallo Irene,
      Clever! That would be a good name, and it fits right in with “kiss my wiki”. But it’s not the name of the girl on the cover. πŸ™‚
      Cheers, Sarah

  42. hmmmm… Diva? (short for Godiva but safer around the lawyers)

    *sliding Sarah her chocolate*

    • Hallo Amy
      Nice, but it’s not her name. Actually, there is a “Diva” mentioned in the book: “Donna, the Support Diva”. But she’s a real person, and not our hero.
      Cheers, Sarah

  43. Charlina?
    OK, I’ve used up all my CatCF guesses…

  44. Cherry (ripe)?

    • Hallo Nicole
      Thanks for all the great suggestions! Though I’m not so fond of “Veruca”. πŸ˜‰ Our hero’s name isn’t from CatCF, but the book does have both a Charlie and a Roald…
      Cheers, Sarah

  45. It has to be, “Truffle.”

  46. Oh, here is another one…..


    • Hallo Jill

      CONGRATULATIONS! That’s right, Ganache is her name. You’ve won a free copy of the book. πŸ™‚ Richard Hamilton, from XML Press, and I will contact you via email to arrange the details.


      • Congratulations, Jill. I’ll send you email shortly.


      • Oh, goodness! I am SO excited! I am teaching a course at Austin Community College about Social Media Tools for Technical Communicators and this will be TERRIFIC to incorporate in to my course! Thank you very much! I can’t wait to receive your book and spread the word!

        If you are in Austin, Texas on March 31, you can join Anne Gentle and speak at our Social Media Forum for Technical Communicators! We would love to have you be a part of the huge event!

        Bless you for writing such a special book!

      • Hallo Jill
        Thanks so much for your nice words. I’m pretty excited too. Wow, it’s great that you’ll be able to use the book in teaching your course! I wish I could be in Austin in March, but alas I can’t make it. Will you be at STC Summit in Chicago in May? If so, I’ll see you there. πŸ™‚
        Cheers, Sarah

    • Woohooo, Jill! Great guess, you deserve a free book!

      • Thanks, Amy!
        Are you ready for a really fun and interesting semester? Get ready for a fun adventure!
        I’ll share the book with you and the class when I get it!

        Good luck this semester!

  47. what the heck is ganache! well done Jill!!

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