Recently, I had a conversation with an editor at a relatively well-known and respected publisher about a CSS book concept they’re pursuing. I don’t want to give too much away about the book itself, since it’s their idea and not mine, but I will say that the concept more or less requires that the book’s author be a recognized name in the CSS and Web design community.
For various reasons, I’m not able to take on the project myself, so we were bouncing around various names of other people who might be a good fit. I shared some of my ideas, but I felt like I was struggling, and after we hung up I felt like I hadn’t really been a big help. That bothered me, so I’m going to put this to you, dear readers: tell me who would automatically make you take a CSS book seriously and consider buying it just on the strength of the name alone. (Remember, I’m not able to take this project, so don’t say, “Why, yours, Eric!” unless you want to be derided as a pointless suck-up.) You should probably list a couple of names, just in case you all pick one person as your primary and he or she isn’t available to do the book, either. After a week or so I’ll pass the results on to the publisher. Even if someone else has already named your top choice(s), list them again. The most commonly-listed names will be the ones who are at the top of the list.
So the floor is open. Let’s hear some names!