When I tried to nudge this post into activity, I did not know that I would stir such a hornet's nest.
For starters for those who have not figured it out, I am not "newt". He is a unique and individual person unto himself. Neither have I hacked his account. I don't think I could do that even if I wanted to.
It probably would've been a good idea for them to mention that they're paying a royalty in their first post.
We usually don't mention the royalty directly as it attracts the wrong people. Since we pay the royalty in advance, from past experience we have noticed that many authors take the advance and disappear. Its pointless trying to pursue the matter with them so we leave it at that.
Instead we try and work with authors who do it not for the money but for the contribution they make to the community. (refer DravenX) Thus we get dedicated authors who are also serious about the technology. The royalty help them too.
Anyway, in my opinion they're going to need more than one writer or at least another "battle-tested" Construct user for this. Firstly because of time constraints, but the other reason is that most of the time the most knowledgeable people in any field or software category tend to not be able to write tutorials that beginners will be most able to understand, and since it's not likely that the publishing company uses Construct heavily they'd need another critical eye who does use Construct to tell them if the head author is making sense in a reasonable way.
Considering that the stuff being done with Construct by everyone who uses it is in an increasingly stable but still highly developmental phase, it's highly unlikely that one person will know all the best practices and alternative methods that a beginner would need to have clearly explained in order to use the program.
Yes Raymond, you are right here. I do agree that we need various viewpoints and other pros who can help the authors. If you notice MrMiller's post, he too mentions the same concerns and we are taking these views seriously. We plan to have experienced reviewers for this book who will work side by side with the author.
We want to do justice to the Construct Community and to the Engine.