In June 1997, Hayden Books published “HTML Studio Skills” co-authored by myself and Marcus Eby. It was the culmination of 4 months’ work co-authoring a comprehensive tutorial on web development undertaken earlier that year. I had been technical editor for several web books to that point, and advisor to other friends authoring books on web development.
HTML Studio Skills was a tough project to tackle: it required us to provide demonstrations, example code, and other tools on CDROM as complements to the material in the chapters. I averaged a chapter a week throughout the project, delivering (if I recall correctly) approximately 15 chapters including diagrams, art, design, and the CD materials. I ate a lot of tomato soup and drank a lot of Pepsi during the creation of this project.
The book received good reviews, and we were asked to write a second edition in 1998, however I was in the middle of transitioning to Cisco and moving to California, so was unable to participate. The book sold a bit more than 10,000 copies. Nowadays, the idea of encapsulating a comprehensive guide to web development within a single book would be absurd.
I hope we helped a few people get their careers launched. By 2000, I was seeing copies of the book in the discount bin at Fry’s Electronics for $9.