TechPress is soliciting authors for our growing line of IT
books. Rampant TechPress is a unique publishing paradigm targeted at
IT professionals who need fast and accurate working examples
of complex issues.
The Rampant Approach
books are distributed through sales channels worldwide. Our books appear in
Borders, Barnes & Noble, Amazon and hundreds of local
bookstores around the globe.
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Rampant TechPress books are unique
because they have a super-tight focus and quickly provide
IT professionals with what they need to solve their problems.
All Rampant books must comply with strict quality guidelines in
meet our goal of making your masterpiece a reality.
– All Rampant TechPress authors are content experts and are
carefully screened for technical ability and communications
Rampant does not publish theory books, and insists on practical
content that allows our readers to quickly understand and apply
working examples – Rampant TechPress books are packed with working
examples and pragmatic tips. When applicable, Rampant
books contain a code depot with working code scripts.
Most Rampant TechPress books are less than 250 pages and get right
to the point of the tough technical issues.
- The Rampant TechPress
books address tight IT topics
and target specific technical areas of technology.
– All Rampant books must be reasonably priced, usually substantially
below their competition. Rampant TechPress books are the
affordable solution to challenging technical issues.
Rampant Title Topics
We are especially
interested in emerging IT technologies and seek authors for any
popular IT technology including PHP, Perl, Oracle, UNIX, Java,
Networking, and professional IT
Rampant is also
interested in generic IT technologies such as DB2, SQL Server,
web development, eCommerce,
web privacy, eBusiness with
Internet Portals (eBay, Amazon, etc.), Windows
Advanced Server and Windows Vista. Specific technologies
Oracle 12c new features
RAC & Grid Tuning
Transact SQL programming
Intelligence (SAS, Discoverer)
Oracle replication (Goldengate, streams)
Industry Leader Tim O'Reilly has some great insights in the new
Programming Language Trends.
Please see our
title list to understand the types of
books that we publish and review our author FAQ page.
No Hassle Author Compensation
is owned and managed by real-world computer book authors. We understand that our authors are our greatest asset, and
developed a unique model to maximize author compensation.
Rampant TechPress is an
non-traditional publisher and offers
one-third more revenue than
many traditional publishers. To maximize author revenue,
Rampant does not pay an advance, thereby allowing the author to
enjoy a 15% royalty on net sales.
Here is the rough breakdown of each dollar spent on technical
Rampant has no
extra author costs, hidden clauses, or cryptic foreign distribution rights. Our
authors get 15% of the net revenue from their books, with no
hassles and no adversarial negotiations. Because all Rampant
authors are leaders in their area of expertise, we do not play
favorites and all authors receive the same, non negotiable, royalty rate. It is not necessary to have
Because we are a
consortium of computer book authors, we put the author
first. We are not a charity, but we are
altruistic and maximize author revenue with the goal of providing
the market with high-quality, low-cost technical books.
- We spend
thousands of dollars on book promotions for each title,
carefully planned to stimulate online exposure and bookstore
High Royalty Rate - Our publishing
model provides the author a one-third higher royalty percentage
than other publishers.
Mentoring - As experienced authors
ourselves, we make you look great in-print. Rampant
provide experts counseling, clear author guidelines and employ
some of the best technical reviewers and copyeditors anywhere.
For example, successful Rampant author
Chris Lawson talks about what to expect when
writing your first computer book.
No Author Costs
- There are no extra author
costs such as book indexing fees.
Vendor Partnerships - In our Oracle
Rampant has become an Oracle Publishing Partner, offering access
to developers, the beta programs, published excerpts in
Oracle Technical Network and book reviews in Oracle Magazine.
Free Promotional Copies - We provide free copies to
raffle at author lectures, book-signings, media appearances,
presentations and conference proceedings.
- We actively promote our authors and arrange
technology-related exposure in media and news channels. We
also arrange special book promotions with user groups and
technical news web sites.
Exposure - Rampant publishes book excerpts in all major
online portals. For our Oracle authors, book promotions
appear on Oracle Technical Network, SearchOracle, DBAZine, OraFAQ and many
For these reasons,
Rampant has attracted some of the most
well-known authors in the industry.
Please review our
suggestions for choosing
and Justifying your computer book proposal.
If you have a
technical idea that meets these criteria and are interested in
becoming an author, we would like to hear from you. Before
you make a proposal, make sure that you can commit the time
required to write a book, as
you must meet your
chapter delivery schedule. To see common author
concerns and questions, see the Rampant
Author FAQ and Author
Because commissioning a new book
requires a significant financial investment, be sure that your
proposal includes an assessment of the market for your book.
As a new author, your very
first job to convince a publisher to invest their hard earned
money in you and your book topic. In a super-competitive
market, it's important for Rampant to choose talented authors who
have distinguished themselves by achieving Oracle certifications
(ACE, OCM) and by publishing blogs and magazine articles.
To get approval to spend the large sums required to commission a
book for worldwide distribution, Rampant needs to determine the
elasticity of the market and set a price point, based on
Price-sensitive books -
An "elastic" book is one with many close competitors (e.g.
PL/SQL books). For these, we would need to have a very low price in
order to be competitive.
High priced books - On
the other hand, and "inelastic book" is one without any
competitors (e.g. our "Oracle Streams" and "Oracle
Forensics" books), these books can command a higher price
because they have no close substitutes.
Once you have analyzed the market
and determined a price point, Rampant will gather actual sales
information on the competing books and predict the future sales
for the new book. It's all about ROI. If the gross
estimated return on investment (estimates sales times book
price) is greater than the total investment cost, your book
topic will be deemed as economically feasible and is much more
likely to be accepted.
Remember, you do not need to choose a broad topic in order to
have a feasible book topic. Highly inelastic topics (i.e.
specialty books for physicians, engineers, & computer
professionals) can command very
high prices and require only a few hundred sales to have a
book proposal form
the Book Proposal form by clicking on the below, add your content, and e-mail
the completed proposal to
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