Spotlight: VM Brasseur (Author)

A Hero’s Journey
with VM (Vicky) Brasseur


VM (Vicky) Brasseur, author of Forge Your Future with Open Source, discusses her journey to becoming a Pragmatic Bookshelf author. Find out how VM went from free/open source advocate and corporate strategist to pragmatic author, and you’ll discover what it takes to write a book.


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For those who prefer to read rather than listen, the following are highlights from the interview.

VM (Vicky) Brasseur spent most of her twenty-plus years in the tech industry leading software development departments and teams, providing technical management and leadership consulting for small and medium businesses, and helping companies understand, use, release, and contribute to free and open source software in a way that’s good for both their bottom line and for the community.

After discovering Project Gutenberg—a free eBook platform for public domain content—VM was hooked on the free/open source model as a way to share documentation, software, and knowledge.

Although VM had been writing articles and contributing to free/open source projects before becoming an author, making the leap from article writer to book author was intimidating—and not necessarily something she considered on her own. But thanks to her editor, Brian MacDonald, VM was convinced to write Forge Your Future with Open Source, the first and only book to detail how to contribute to free and open source software projects.

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Howdy, all!

Have any thoughts you’d like to share or questions about being an author for Prag (or just in general)?

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I started listening to this but got a call halfway thro and haven’t had time to get back to it, but just want to say I was really enjoying it - you were all having such a blast! :smiley: (I reckon you should organise an night out once these covid lockdowns are over …I get the feeling you’d have a whale of a time!! :partying_face:)

On topic: does your book cover more general topics like making a living from open source software too Vicky? I reckon a few people may be interested in that as it has cropped up in conversation a few times over the years. (Something I always mention is public speaking - a friend of mine earns a chunk of his living through that.)

Howdy, @AstonJ!

This book is more about how FOSS can help your career than how to get paid to work on it.

However, the next book (currently being written!) will include a lot of information more relevant to your question since it’s about the business strategy side of FOSS participation.

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