I just shipped the first draft of Chapter 7 “Routing, Transport, and SMTP” of The Exchange Cookbook to my editor and co-authors. I wrote this chapter entirely by myself. It started off with 47 recipes (including the introduction); final size was 27 recipes. Many of the missing 20 were duplicates of either recipes in other chapters, belonged better in other chapters, or could be added in with existing recipes in chapter 7. Only a few got dropped because of time pressures.
It was a ton of work. I have a lot more respect for technical authors.
Now comes all the revising and technical reviews…but the draft is done!