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11-08-2005, 09:26 PM
3 Chapters to go till I hit my 50% milestone. Yea, I know it's technical non-fiction - but hey, at least it's writing and I'm getting paid for it. ;) What's keeping me going? Coffee, Monster drink, Joe Satriani in the headphones, and that next advance check!

11-09-2005, 05:33 AM
Ah, but wait for the joys of AR.

11-30-2005, 08:51 PM

I'm in the process of doing a Dummies project myself, but right now mired in the middle of revising the TOC. I think I need a "How to Write a Dummies Book for Dummies" to get me through all the headings and sub heads.
Did you have any problems with revisions just to get to the contract stage?

12-01-2005, 08:40 AM
Yes, getting to the contract stage was a bit of work. Not only did I have a couple revisions to the TOC (along with estimated page counts), but I also submitted a sample chapter as well. Then we finally got to the contract stage. Even then, I had to stick my Agent on them (Wiley) to get the ball rolling.

It seems to me that they are very busy with titles and that the editors are swamped with work. Plus, there is the general attitude that it's an honor to be an author writing for the Dummies titles. So, if you can get past that, then you'll do fine.

Let me know if you need any tips. The toughest part for me was getting into the flow of the Dummies style. But, I'm 50% through the book now and things are going well.

I will say that I've got a pretty good editor, who's offered some great suggestions. She helped me get into the swing of things and provided all the guidelines and the writing template for MS Word.

Much success on the book. Keep in touch.

12-01-2005, 08:23 PM
Thanks for the input. I will say that my editor has been very helpful, even though I'm only on the second draft of the TOC and the sample chapter (or in my case, half a sample chapter, whatever that means) looms ahead.
One thing I've heard, though, from a friend of mine who has published a Dummies book, is that they often discount their cover price so much that when you try to figure out your royalties on 50,000 sales, say, it actually comes out nearer to 10,000, if that makes sense.
Is this something your agent took care of for you? This particular book I'm doing without an agent, so I'm pretty much at their mercy.

12-02-2005, 03:39 AM
Well, I know that the royalty rate is based on net, not on gross. So, if a book sells for $29.95, then chances are that your royalty is going to be based on around 50% of that. And sometimes even less, if it's a book club deal or some other type of discount distribution. So, when you do book signings or readings, be sure to do them for the major book stores who sell your book at full retail or at a slight discount. ;)

I did have to negoiatiate the contract about 3 times. I didn't get what I really wanted but I did manage to reach a good compromise. Having an Agent helped with that phase.