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guy_inwheelchair
05-11-2012, 11:02 PM
Simple, you ask me questions on topics that you think would be your most entertaining to majority of people (health, money, 2012 and beyond, ETs, afterlife, etc.), and I will answer them to the best of my ability. After that, we will decide how to organize our conversation and under what genre. Then, we will find a publisher, which will not be difficult for a book like this. Besides for having good writing skills, you need to be open minded, positive, and opened to public speaking. Since my speech can be difficult to understand, due to physical disability, you will have to be our spokesperson. The writing shouldn't take more than a month (question, answer, question, answer, and so on) and will be very exciting for both of us. Books like this do very well, some are best sellers...


http://www.michaelslyric.com

Theo81
05-11-2012, 11:13 PM
[COLOR=#444444]Simple, you ask me questions on topics that you think would be your most entertaining to majority of people (health, money, 2012 and beyond, ETs, afterlife, etc.), and I will answer them to the best of my ability.


Why do you think your answers will be entertaining enough to form a book?


After that, we will decide how to organize our conversation and under what genre.

Non-fiction.



Then, we will find a publisher, which will not be difficult for a book like this.

It might not if you are somebody I've heard of and care about the opinions of. Are you?



Besides for having good writing skills, you need to be open minded, positive, and opened to public speaking. Since my speech can be difficult to understand, due to physical disability, you will have to be our spokesperson. The writing shouldn't take more than a month (question, answer, question, answer, and so on) and will be very exciting for both of us.

And will you be paying your cowriter, or is it dependent on selling the book? If you do sell the book, what share are you expecting? 50/50? I wouldn't consider that fair given that the majority of the work is going to be on the co-author.



Books like this do very well, some are best sellers...

Name three. I'm not just being a jerk, it will give an insight into what kind of book you think you will be writing with your co-author. Is it going to be "funny"/faintly vulgar (eg The Is it just me or is everything shit? series), or something more serious?


I think you need to outline properly what you are intending to do. We are all writers, we all have our own projects on the go - sell your idea to me. I don't see anything here which suggests this is anything like a viable project.

Good luck.

Drachen Jager
05-11-2012, 11:15 PM
That looks to me like a spectacular lack of understanding about the publishing industry.

"Then, we will find a publisher, which will not be difficult for a book like this."

I suppose it depends on the publisher. I'm sure PublishAmerica would give it a go.

"The writing shouldn't take more than a month... Books like this do very well, some are best sellers..."

So, writing is a sort of get-rich-quick scheme to you? Good luck with that.

leahzero
05-12-2012, 12:19 AM
Um, wow. Sorry, but you need a serious reality check, Michael.

I see you've been registered for seven (!) years. I'd suggest taking some time to read through the forums and get a better feel for what it takes to write, edit, and publish a book.

Good luck.

guy_inwheelchair
05-12-2012, 12:29 AM
Part of this book will be exactly about this. publishing industry doesn't matter to me. I am is exactly that, I am, and I do not need any title for someone to listen to me. The reader can, simply, decide if the information serves them. If my co writer is asking a question, and I am giving a detailed answer, how is she doing more work? Also, please tell me what is wrong with getting rich quickly, by who's judgment? I didn't even mention money. Right now, simply, I am excited to share information in a form of a book, all the things people wander about, ETs, afterlife, and yes about money.

Mr. Anonymous
05-12-2012, 12:29 AM
Michael, unless you are someone famous/some kind of an expert in the fields you're interested in talking about, I'm afraid it will be nearly impossible to sell this kind of book to a traditional publisher.

buz
05-12-2012, 12:41 AM
Part of this book will be exactly about this. publishing industry doesn't matter to me. I am is exactly that, I am, and I do not need any title for someone to listen to me. The reader can, simply, decide if the information serves them. If my co writer is asking a question, and I am giving a detailed answer, how is she doing more work? Also, please tell me what is wrong with getting rich quickly, by who's judgment? I didn't even mention money. Right now, simply, I am excited to share information in a form of a book, all the things people wander about, ETs, afterlife, and yes about money.

If the publishing industry doesn't matter to you, then you won't be published by the industry.

You can self-publish, but it's highly unlikely that you will make any money doing it.

(None of the above applies if you are famous or something, as the others have said, but I assume you're not.)

A disjointed book about some random person's opinions on random stuff does not do well in the market, and it will not get picked up for that reason, nor will it sell well should you choose to self-publish unless you have a spectacularly wonderful angle (i.e. you are famous).

If your goal is only to get your opinions out there, then blog. You can do that for free.

Soccer Mom
05-12-2012, 01:48 AM
This really isn't the place. I'll move it to Nonpaying Markets. Good luck with things.

Billtrumpet25
05-12-2012, 03:10 AM
1) First, I want to welcome you to AW (even though you've been here since 2005 apparently).

2) Your post is very vague, and as I understand it, did not follow the guidelines regarding "Paying Markets" (ETA: just noticed now that a mod has moved it).

3) I would integrate yourself a little more into the community before asking for collaboration on such a grand scale as this. Seeing has you have averaged a little more than a post a year, it's hardly proper to start soliciting for a project you are working on.

4) Follow up to number 3: By integrating yourself in this community, you will easily find that publishing/writing is NOT as easy as you make it out to be, my friend. Some of these authors here at AW have spent years working on their WIP and getting them published. Some are still looking, myself included. I think it's somewhat of an insult to them (and IMO belittles their writing journey) to say "oh, it'll only take a month" and other similar assumptions, especially since you've been a member since 2005. You can get a lot of help, meet new people, and learn new things here, but first you need to put yourself out a little.

With that said, again, welcome to AW! :)

Soccer Mom
05-12-2012, 03:52 AM
Oops. Wrong forum. Hold onto your hats. One more move.

FalconMage
05-12-2012, 04:10 AM
If you are thinking you can do this because someone like Michael J Fox with Parkinsons, or Stephen Hawking with ALS, have succeeded, then you're in for a major disappointment.

Both of those men are well-known, and for more than just their physical challenges. Hawkings' theories on cosmology and physics are, by some accounts, even more noteworthy than Einstein.

Do you have that to support you?

Unimportant
05-17-2012, 05:55 AM
Part of this book will be exactly about this. publishing industry doesn't matter to me. I am is exactly that, I am, and I do not need any title for someone to listen to me. The reader can, simply, decide if the information serves them. If my co writer is asking a question, and I am giving a detailed answer, how is she doing more work? Also, please tell me what is wrong with getting rich quickly, by who's judgment? I didn't even mention money. Right now, simply, I am excited to share information in a form of a book, all the things people wander about, ETs, afterlife, and yes about money.
Guy, I'm not sure what you need a partner for? You know what areas you have expertise in, whether it's how to get rich quick, why socks disappear in the dryer, or what happens after death. You've said you will be writing the answers -- so why not come up with a few suitable questions, write them up, and then submit them to a publisher yourself?

Very few books get sold through the public-speaking route. Most of them sell because publishers get them into bookstores, where readers buy them.

Some people have an unusual depth of knowledge in a specialised area and are a recognised expert in their field, but don't have the writing skills to create a book, so they pair up with a ghost writer or co author. If you are such an expert, then it's possible you could attract a co author or ghost writer, but you will need to present those credentials.