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My new book is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Newsflash: My new book is now available at and Barnes & Noble. The book is titled, Confluence, Tech Comm, Chocolate: A wiki as platform extraordinaire for technical communication. It is about developing documentation on a wiki. It’s also about technical communicators. And chocolate.

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. 🙂

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. 🙂 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…  Ganache. Congratulations to 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.)

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