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triceretops
12-10-2004, 09:48 PM
Thought that I would start something off here:

WHAT KIND OF NON-FICTION BOOK DO YOU HAVE IN THE WORKS? WHAT CATEGORY?
1. Self-help.
2. How-to
3. Historical
4. True Crime
5 Inspirational
6. Academic/science
7. Biography (celebrity)
8. Other

WHAT'S THE MOST DIFFICULT ASPECT OF RESEARCH FOR YOUR BOOK?

Mine is about the discovery of giant ice age mammals in my city. It's probably would I would term a documentary. The most difficult research has involved the sources, like the Water District, who dug it up, and the museum who are the curators of the fossils and reports. Way too much red tape and drawn out waiting periods. Lately, my solution has been to fast track and ask for press releases instead. Info is just now trickling in.

Triceratops

Greenwolf103
12-11-2004, 12:38 AM
I got quite a few nonfiction books in the works at this point but the one I'm majorly focusing on right now falls under "parenting."

underthecity
12-11-2004, 04:07 AM
My upcoming WIP is another local history theme, which I'll announce after I've signed the contract.

This next subject will follow my previous titles:

Cincinnati on the Go, History of Mass Transit (http://www.allensedge.com/onthego.html) (Arcadia, 2004)
and

The Cincinnati Subway, History of Rapid Transit (http://www.allensedge.com/cincinnatisubway.html) (Arcadia, 2003)

I've been so busy promoting On the Go (book signings, etc), which came out mid October, and doing my current freelance writing assignment, and working a full-time job, and doing house projects (including painting two rooms and sanding and refinishing the upstairs hall), and all my TV watching (gotta see Lost every week!) that I have not had TIME to sit down and plan the next book. And Christmas is here, too, sigh.

So busy busy busy! After the holidays, things will wind down, and I will announce my next project. Editor at Arcadia is definitely interested in the topic though. Hint: it's about historical Cincinnati.

underthecity

biotales
12-11-2004, 08:26 AM
Working on a Biography.(celeb). And a fiction. based in the entertainment industry... and a christmas ghost story...
Biotales

Jyndral
12-12-2004, 10:42 AM
Hmm... I don't know what category the one I've got in notes-stages would fit in.

Probably self-help since it's on career/job-search/working from home. In my files, it's called "Blue Jeans & Tennis Shoes: Working from Home." Though I know beyond a doubt that it will change the more I get done on it, and especially when it's done.

The hardest part of the research? Knowing which experts to interview. I can do the actual research of it.

I know more than just the basics of hiring and a little less of application review since I've been on that side of the desk and have a master's degree in human resources. I know the process of looking for a job/telecommuting & freelance work as I've been looking for a new job for about 8 years.

Yes, really that long. I've worked for my mom during those 8 years.

I guess it's just an issue of gumption to do it.

Greenwolf103
12-12-2004, 10:42 PM
WHAT'S THE MOST DIFFICULT ASPECT OF RESEARCH FOR YOUR BOOK?

Whoops, forgot to answer this one. Sorry.

The most difficult aspect -- and here again comes my knack for coming up with a unique book -- is trying to figure out what readers will want/expect to read. I have not found a book similar to this one I am working on, though of course a competing title just may come out before this one. It was suggested that I make this book personal but I keep thinking that readers will want an objective look at deaf parenting in order to benefit from it. Then again, perhaps I was suggested this because they want to categorize the book as a "how I do it" sort of story.

ritinrider
12-13-2004, 03:09 AM
Dawn, I can understand not wanting to make it too personal, but how about showing how other deaf parents have dealt with specific issues. Or is that part of the problem, finding deaf parents and getting them to tell you how they coped. I'm thinking that since some (many?) deaf parents aren't children of deaf parents they are at a dissadvantage in that they can't copy what their parents did. I know my daughter recently told me about something she started doing with her soon-to-be step son. Her boyfriend was astounded her method worked. She knew it would work, because I'd done the same thing with her and her brothers.

However, I can see how for deaf parents, or any parent with special needs, that might not be an option. So, where do they get suggestions for how to cope? From other parents with similar problems or books like yours.

Ya, know I knew what I wanted to say when I started typing. I'm just now sure it makes any sense now.

Nita

Greenwolf103
12-13-2004, 11:11 PM
Hi, Nita,

Yes, it does make sense. :) Thank you.

I'm currently writing newspaper stories pertaining to deaf parenting. In this capacity, I let other deaf parents speak out and explore the problems THEY are having. Some of these issues do get discussed in my book, as they apply to my own experiences. (I even wrote about something I uncovered in my research for a story.) I just want to be sure this book will cover as much information they need/want as possible. I'm tempted to post on message boards for the deaf something like "what would you hope to read about in a book on deaf parenting?" but I'm not sure if this approach will work. Maybe, maybe not.

I DO have a lot to say as far as my experiences as a deaf parent is concerned. I'd be very happy if this book will offer some guidance and support to other deaf parents out there. I have talked with many deaf parents so I know what kinds of issues they have to cope with. It's a starting point, at least.

Take care. :)

--Dawn

klavinia
12-14-2004, 05:47 AM
Historical/Memoir - My father's story. A few years ago he gave me over four hundred pages of letters he wrote to his folks during WWII. No one had any idea he had them. A few weeks ago he gave me a scrapbook filled with all kinds of momentos as well as pictures of, who else, Bob Hope. My WIP is combining my childhood and his war time stories.

My biggest obstacle is that the more I learn about my father the less I know. He broke the Katakana code during the war, which was top secret. Piecing it all together and trying to get additional information is problematic as it seems much of it is still classified and most of the time, according to him, records were simply not kept for fear the enemy would get ahold of them.

Another obstacle is my emotions and his. It's difficult for him to recall things and often brings on nightmares. As for me, sometimes I think it would be better if we hadn't opened up this whole thing. It's painful to see my dad going through this and even more painful knowing that he kept this secret for 60+ years.

OK...that was my therapy for today I guess. THanks for listening! Lavinia

geniebird
01-14-2005, 04:16 AM
I guess most of my work falls under "how-to." My published book is called Creating a Successful Craft Business (Allworth Press 2003). My current projects in the works are a book on frugal living and a holiday/celebration book for children. I have working titles but many times the author's title isn't what finally ends up on the book.

The most difficult aspect of research for me is how fast information and the world in general changes. I like to include many resources in my books and they tend to be here today and gone tomorrow -- verifying can be a tedious and almost endless process.

eldragon
02-01-2005, 08:58 AM
My finished book is a memoir, so to speak, of my ten years as a Vegas Casino Cocktail Server. It's all about some of the characters I worked with, and some of the customers, too. Not really a glamorous portrait, but a truthful one. I have an agent, if he can get it in front of a publisher, I think I have a shot.

My second book is a kind of sequel. It follows me through the end of my Cocktail Server career, and into a disastrous managment gig, which ended in my being blacklisted from any job. Hard to believe? Believe it!

And, I am supposed to be editing my husband's novel, which is a Serbian War story.

triceretops
02-01-2005, 07:14 PM
Eldragon

Sounds like you have an intriguing subject there! I, too, spent seven years in Las Vegas under some of the most frightening and horrendous circumstances you're ever likely to hear about--murder--robbery--pimping--fame--deceit, drugs--auto dealers, you name it! I worked and lived just off Fremont Street at Davey Deals Auto Sales. I must have dated every cocktail bunny in Vegas at one time or another. I was a featured singer at the old Pioneer club and dated "Jo" the beautiful host for four years.

We probably know some of the same people--we certainly know the atmosphere and underbelly of Vegas, I can bet on that. I've been thinking about writing some memories of Vegas too--but it's all so painful.

FEAR AND LOATHING was filmed (in part) next to our dealership. One of my best friends worked on CASINO.

Boy, do I have stories to tell as well.

Triceratops

eldragon
02-01-2005, 08:44 PM
I worked at the Golden Nugget from 1989-1998.

You should tell your stories. The image of Las Vegas right now, is one of celebrities and glamour. Far from reality, if you ask me.

The only thing thats changed about Vegas is the image. The people who live there are the same, the people who go there are the same. Guests still lose all their money, and jump out of hotel windows, but you never have and never will read that in any newspaper. Employees still shoot heroin in the bathroom, and carry their toddlers to work , because they have no place else to leave them. There are so many tragic stories, of suicide and gambling addiction, and its a common story. Paychecks gambled away, month after month. Domestic violence, gangs, you name it.

The real sin city is miseryville if you ask me. A nice place to visit, but you wouldn't want to live there.

triceretops
02-01-2005, 09:21 PM
Agreed, dear lady.

My best friends shot heroine, the security guards were on speed, the families I knew gambled away all of their earnings at the slots--I've never, ever seen so much drug use, death
(right before my eyes), thievery, deceit, suicide and mayhem that I have in that city. The locals are assholes who don't trust anyone, and there's iron security bars on every shop and store in the joint. There's more damn homeless people per capita then any other city. I never want to live there, again. Don't even know if I'll visit it. I know EXACTLY what you're talking about.

I once heard of a first-person non-fiction account of Vegas (written in memoir style) that was called BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY. I think that's the one. Very gruesome account of city life in that hellhole. Vegas is a fertile playground for a good book. Pursue your recollections, you just might have something worthy of blockbuster status if it's done right.

Triceratops

By the way. The Golden nugget was no stranger to me. I infested downtown area from 1993 to 1999--good possibility I walked right past you many times. Had a girlfriend in Binnion's Horse Shoe. Hit the Plaza, Pioneer a lot too.

Tri

paprikapink
02-05-2005, 01:06 AM
The most difficult aspect of research for me is that I'm a huge CHICKEN! People are put off when they see this huge chicken approach them with questions.

Heh-heh.

No, I mean I'm terrified to talk to people, ask them questions, waste their time. Makes me kinda feel like I can't really be a writer, no matter how well I write, if I can't get over this hurdle.
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-pkpk

triceretops
02-05-2005, 01:14 AM
Paprika

You're not alone, dear one. The people I want to interview for my book are the main players in it and they won't even talk to me! I've been invited to go to meetings and rub shoulders with people in my city who know I'm writing a book about their city. The mayor has contacted me--I'm way to damn shy to go out there and talkie-talk about anything with anybody. I'm agoraphobic. I don't have trouble emailing anybody, but when they say "Hey, we gotta have lunch!", well, I'm outta there!

Tri

Simone
03-05-2005, 07:45 PM
I'm working on a regional children's activity book as well as an inspirational book for single women (ahem, like myself :) )

Simone

zeprosnepsid
03-06-2005, 08:12 AM
i'm doing a book on foreign films. the hardest part is finding information in english at all.

i wish i had a universal translator.

triceretops
03-06-2005, 03:57 PM
Simone--Women's self help is a vast and inexhaustible market. That one's gonna' go big. If you can touch on a subject matter that hasn't been done to death, or reslant the info, there isn't a female agent I know of that turns those topical titles down. Our Jenna has a lot of experience in this field as do a whole gaggle of our mom, single and professional women who are members of this group. You won't lack for ideas and advice, for sure! Hammer down, sister! Hint: Check our resident editor Nomad (Jenna's publisher), she gots the love for that subject, I believe.


Zepro--you have a very unique and specialized niche market with that foreign film book. Feature film history, no matter what its origin has never tired in popularity, no matter what its translation. A foreign film history/documentary or even "Encyclopedia Of" type treatment would not only have our own national appeal, but would snag a global audience. Even if written in English, a book of that nature would would hit and sell foreign translation rights like Amazon.Com sells books. Hint: Bounce your idea off our resident agent, Andy Zack.

Two very worthy non-fiction titles.

Triceratops

AncientEagle
03-06-2005, 11:57 PM
I'm writing a book about my wife's battles with metastatic malignant melanoma, survival despite a prognosis of death in sixty days (eight years ago), and learning to live paralyzed from the chest down as a result of the cancer. Her life went from active, self-sufficient career woman, very suddenly, to a life spent entirely either in bed or in a wheelchair, unable to do the most basic things for herself, such as personal hygiene, etc., lacking even the ability to turn over in bed, yet able to enjoy some of her life despite all this and the ills that tend to befall someone so handicapped, such as chronic, debilitating pain, diabetes, breathing problems, etc., etc. The power of prayer is explored tangentially, but is not the main thrust. The main thrust is hope. There is always room for hope.

aka eraser
03-07-2005, 12:48 AM
AncientEagle that's a difficult book to write and a tougher one to live. I admire you and your wife for looking for, and finding, the silver linings.

AncientEagle
03-07-2005, 01:49 AM
AncientEagle that's a difficult book to write and a tougher one to live. I admire you and your wife for looking for, and finding, the silver linings.

Thanks. I suspect it's going to be tougher to sell than to write. As for the silver linings, I don't mean to imply that everything is wonderful, but when you look around and see so much worse situations, and when you consider what might have been and almost was, things seem not quite so bad.

muscort
03-07-2005, 01:53 AM
i'm doing a book on foreign films. the hardest part is finding information in english at all.

i wish i had a universal translator.

I know a woman in Luxembourg who is very intelligent and speaks French, German, Lux, and English very well. I can ask her to help you if you want me to.

zeprosnepsid
03-07-2005, 02:08 AM
thanks for the translation offer! And thanks for the kind words tricere.

It's actually dealing with Asian film. I chose the subject because I have a lot of knowledge and I thought it would be easy to sell. One of my selling points is that there is not a lot of information in English. But I have some old college professors who are helping me out a little. It's not going so badly actually. But I was both a film and classics major in college and Classics is so easy. In 2000 years, something has been written on everything. It's just different dealing with Asian film where I have to search harder to find information instead of just searching through endless information. I'm getting the hang of it though. There is some good information out there.

triceretops
03-07-2005, 05:57 AM
Eagle

I can only ehco what Frank has said. Your moniker is apropo, and you seem to be flying over most of this adversity, hitting some downdrafts along the way, of course. Your project is no doubt of the inspirational, a saga which probably spans all of human emotions and mental challenges. It sounds like if you can give this story a Helen Keller, or Love Story narrative, it might just reach a large audience and a sympathatic and enderaring editor. The best of wishes to you, and your wife.

Triceratops

triceretops
03-07-2005, 05:59 AM
Hiya Muscort! Not that's the guy, reaching out like that to help her. Gotta love it.

Tri

triceretops
03-07-2005, 06:04 AM
Zepro,

I do believe you have a real good niche market there. Whoa...Asian films, now that is something that needs to be covered. Would even like to see the history of Japenese films--where did they get all those miniatures and monsters?! Ha!

Tri

tjwriter
03-07-2005, 01:39 PM
I thought about doing a book on pit bulls. It's something that interests me, as they have a tendency to be feared because of attacks. Some are like that, but I have the biggest sissy boy in the world. He was abused in certain ways, and most of it is emotional. He is very gentle, loving, and good with all people. I have yet to introduce him to someone, and he not like them.

He even pouted the first time my mom came over. She was scared of him because he was a pit bull, and he took it personally. He sat down next the couch right by her and hung his head until she gave him a pat.

Doing this would require extensive research, but it is something I might tackle later.

DeePower
03-08-2005, 10:03 PM
The Making of a Bestseller: Success Stories From Authors, Editors, Agents and the Booksellers Behind Them. The exciting journey to the top of the bestseller lists, as seen through the eyes of celebrated authors, editors and literary agents. While there are many books on how to write, publish, or market a book, there hasn't been a book that pulls together a comprehensive look at the entire publishing process from the bestseller prospective. The Making of a Bestseller provides a positive, but realistic look at the publishing industry and how bestsellers are born. Who better to tell the story than those who are involved at the very frontlines of publishing?



Fifty eight authors, publishers, editors, agents, book reviewers and experts were interviewed and their insights interwoven throughout the book. One might think of The Making of a Bestseller as a giant panel discussion (fortunately not everyone talks at once). When the reader finishes this book, he or she will really understand what separates a bestselling book from all the others that are published. Avid readers of fiction and nonfiction will find fascinating stories behind some of their favorite authors' works.

Its available now in bookstores and online booksellers. You can find out more by visiting our website.
http://www.BrianHillAndDeePower.com

Dee

Uncarved
03-08-2005, 10:27 PM
A Georgia Native Plant Guide, fall 2005, is a precise anthology of native plants, trees, shrubs, grasses, etc. that are designed to grow and found in Georgia. Also a listing of endangered and rare plants.

Georgia's Covered Bridges, fall 2006, gives the touristy aspect to some of the remaining bridges in Georgia. All the historic ones are featured plus some that aren't.

*Title to be Named Later* fall 2006, a book on Interstitial Cystitis and how to cope with a new diagnosis. Health book weighing in at 275 pages.


Plus Four more manuscripts I'm halfway done with.

Tina

Pat~
03-10-2005, 11:32 PM
I've written an spiritual/inspirational book to help women dealing with depression and the things that often accompany it: impulsivity, compulsions/addictions, and anxiety. It's a study that can be done solo or with a group.

DTNg
03-16-2005, 04:09 PM
A memoir? I'm not sure because it's not necessarily about me. My book will be a humorous look at life in a big family. We had an interesting life and lived frugally and it makes for many funny moments. (I hope.)

BlueTexas
03-16-2005, 06:38 PM
My non-fic WIP is about ghosts. Some people would argue that ghosts are fiction, but I suppose that's beside the point.

robeiae
03-21-2005, 05:33 AM
[QUOTE=triceretops]WHAT KIND OF NON-FICTION BOOK DO YOU HAVE IN THE WORKS? WHAT CATEGORY?
1. Self-help.
2. How-to
3. Historical
4. True Crime
5 Inspirational
6. Academic/science
7. Biography (celebrity)
8. Other

My first book, soon to be POD published, is about political theory, so I guess it's a 6. However, it was not written for acedemia (though it was not written for the barely literate, either!). My second, which I am working on now, is about economic theory. They are both part of a series: three books in all, on political theory, economic theory, and social theory. Yes, I know that it's ambitious.

[QUOTE]WHAT'S THE MOST DIFFICULT ASPECT OF RESEARCH FOR YOUR BOOK?

I spent 15 years researching these books. Really, I spent 15 years reading and putting off the writing? Nonetheless, I am writing from my mind; I rarely consult any other materials, even for quotes (except to get footnote info, which I don't do until I've finished a book). So... my answer would be that the research was easy, though lengthy; it's the actual sitting down to write and doing it full time that was the most difficult part!

Rob

Rose
03-21-2005, 06:57 AM
I was just asked to co-author a book about the history of a popular half-marathon (so #3, I guess, for local history). Just being ASKED to to co-author it made this newbie feel like a real author, and I danced around and whooped and let loose with a few high kicks...and then I realized there's a very, very limited audience for this book.

Of course, I've never even considered writing a book, so everything I know about the process I've read on this board. I'm going to meet with my potential co-author in two weeks, and in the meantime do a bunch of research on the ins and outs of writing/publishing a book.

I'm guessing this would have to be a self-published, super-small-print-run type of project, and I'm not sure how interested I am in that. Any thoughts?

Or sorry, I've venturing off topic...

Wandering Sensei
03-21-2005, 11:34 PM
I have a couple nonfiction books that have at least gotten to the outline stage. One (or maybe two) is a book on writing, based on a lot of my work and teaching over the years.

The other is a popular science book about cats. I have the outline, and I think it's a good book. It would be a massive research project, but that would be okay, except for the fact that there seems to be NO information out there on this particular subject. I've googled. I've checked the library websites. Nada!

I still think it's a good idea. But I can't write a blank book. (Well, I could, but no one would buy it.)

I have a couple other premises floating around for nonfiction works as well. Another popular science one, and one about martial arts.

eldragon
03-26-2005, 01:32 AM
I volunteer at a local (state run) nursing home, and I can tell you... the best thing your wife has going for her is your love and support. That puts her miles ahead of the crowd.

ShadowGuide
03-29-2005, 05:12 AM
I'm terrified to talk to people, ask them questions, waste their time. Makes me kinda feel like I can't really be a writer, no matter how well I write, if I can't get over this hurdle.
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-pkpk

I have the opposite problem. I am a talker who also teaches others how to write (high school English). (My mother, raised Catholic, was once so flabbergasted by my talking that she said I'd argue with Satan and the Pope. At the time I had no clue why a Catholic might find both forms of argument to be taboo!) :guns:

So what's MY problem? I'm chicken to write anything because it is never "good enough" for me! Still, after nearly 20 years of being told by everyone I know to start writing, I entered one flash fiction contest in February, entered Absolute Write Idol (thanks, Jenna) and applied to a Writer's Conference.

By the way, my non-fiction works-in-progress are for teachers and those who want to use storytelling as a tool for work, home or school.
-Mel.

108Days
03-29-2005, 06:18 AM
Ancient Eagle...You are correct, there is always room for hope. I wrote a book about my husband's medical debacle. I was the only person in America that believed my husband was going to survive. I was never raised in at atmosphere of religion, but after this, I'm a believer. I experienced miracles.
You must encounter the same arrogance and indifference that we have...from the hospital and doctors and the medical community in general. And yes, selling it is a lot harder than writing it. I'm working on my second book which encompasses the total financial and emotional destruction the insurance company has inflicted on our entire family as a result of this tragedy. I'm going to print my book myself, I hope to have it ready by June. If you're interested, I would be happy to put a link to your book on my website...www.108days.com. If anybody else is reading this, I need help with my 'target market.' I, of course, think every American will be interested in my book. I keep calling it a non-fiction medical docu-drama...but this does not appear to be a formal genre. I need a little help.

MadScientistMatt
03-31-2005, 06:08 PM
My book would fall under the category of "How-To." It is a guide to car modifications for the absolute beginner. I have quite a few books on cars, but most of the books assume the reader already knows a fair amount about cars. There are a few aspects of cars that I will probably want to study up on, but most of the research is things I've already done for my hobby. So I am also doing some market research by looking to see if I can find any other books on modifying cars written for a beginner so I can see how mine compares. I already have a copy of Car Mods and Hacks for Dummies and there are two others I might want to buy too.

triceretops
04-01-2005, 04:08 AM
Hi, Mad. I was a mechanic for 25 years and in 1990 wrote and published, Auto Repair Shams and Scams. Since then cars have changed so much that I fear all the research neccessary to follow it up with a sequel.

Triceratops

MadScientistMatt
04-01-2005, 06:29 AM
Cool. Technology has definitely changed with cars, but at least most of the changes have been to the computers. I'm sure there are a few new ripoff schemes out there too, but the good old alignment rip-offs and some of the others are all still around from what I hear. Is the book just about stunts that mechanics and dealerships have been known to pull, or does it cover things like magnets on the fuel line?

triceretops
04-01-2005, 07:28 AM
Mad--it was about your basic ripoffs that were prevelant in the 70's and 80's. I was one of the investigators that popped Sears for overselling parts--using scare tactics to sell pre-smog inspection equipment--brake combi kits, selling CATS that weren't burnt out, etc. Ralph Nader liked it so much he wrote the forward to the book for me. I covered all of the car components that were basically sold via department store and franchise shops--the real fast R&R stuff.
The facticious Lomac gage to test for bad ball joints--the infamous Ford Idler arm and basically all the rest. Oh, yeah, "set the toe and let it go" I remember that allignment bull. Too bad I didn't know all the latest crud coming down the pike, I might be motivated to start up the next addition, Ha!

Magnets on fuel lines? I'll be damned, maybe we best start another list of ripoffs--I've never heard of that one! Does it slow down the flow of fuel?
How about the sealing gas cap that requires 1lb of pressure or you get that damn service light that sends you to the dealer for a minimum 70 bucks per hour to diagnose? Just leaving that cap a little lose does the trick and many owners aren't aware of it.

Yes, I would love to get into the computor aspects of vehicles today--virtually anything that goes marginally wrong sends you to "a qualified service center" to have it checked out. What about these crappy crankshaft and camshaft sensors that'll shut the whole gismo down and leave you stranded, when they short out?

Triceratops

drkrisg
04-04-2005, 02:06 AM
The first two books I wrote would I guess be classified as "academic" though they are written for teens and the "market" for them (I put market in quotes, because I have sold very few copies) is school libraries. Making Sexual Decisions (Scarecrow Press, 2003) and Image and Identity (Scarecrow Press June, 2005) would have been better suited to be more mass market books in paperback. However, these are cloth cover and prohibitively expensive: $35 for the first and $42 for the 2nd. No way can a parent learn about it and buy it for a son or daughter. Grrrrrr.

The one that is in the proposal stage is sociological. Doesn't really fit into any of the categories. What would you consider a book like Nickled and Dimed or Fast Food Nation?http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/images/smilies/EmoteShrug.gif

Tri -- I am going through a very similar experience that you have been writing about. My agent (second one) wants my book to be more narrative and as an academic this writing style has been a struggle for me. Though our topics are quite different, I hear myself in your struggle to identify a voice that is narrative, yet "real." I don't want to imply I was somewhere I was not. But, like you, my agent wants a story -- not a report.

Sigh.

triceretops
04-04-2005, 05:08 AM
I echoe that back, Drk. Don't know what to do with this script that is 100 pages so far--they want story book writing here, when I've written as entertainly as I can. I'm reporting after the fact, and even stipulate that in the proposal.

Tri

AncientEagle
04-04-2005, 06:10 AM
I volunteer at a local (state run) nursing home, and I can tell you... the best thing your wife has going for her is your love and support. That puts her miles ahead of the crowd.

Thanks for the comment, Eldragon. I apologize for just now getting back to this thread.

AncientEagle
04-04-2005, 06:26 AM
Ancient Eagle...You are correct, there is always room for hope. I wrote a book about my husband's medical debacle. I was the only person in America that believed my husband was going to survive. I was never raised in at atmosphere of religion, but after this, I'm a believer. I experienced miracles.
You must encounter the same arrogance and indifference that we have...from the hospital and doctors and the medical community in general. And yes, selling it is a lot harder than writing it. I'm working on my second book which encompasses the total financial and emotional destruction the insurance company has inflicted on our entire family as a result of this tragedy. I'm going to print my book myself, I hope to have it ready by June. If you're interested, I would be happy to put a link to your book on my website...www.108days.com (http://www.108days.com/). If anybody else is reading this, I need help with my 'target market.' I, of course, think every American will be interested in my book. I keep calling it a non-fiction medical docu-drama...but this does not appear to be a formal genre. I need a little help.

Sorry to be so late responding. Just got back to this thread. I'm delighted to meet someone who understands this kind of experience. You mentioned arrogance and indifference - I would also add, sometimes, incredible incompetence. On the other hand, we have had some great doctors to balance off the bad ones. We were also fortunate to have very good medical insurance that has supported us in most of our efforts. I am also retired military, so we have had good support from military hospitals where that was appropriate. Unfortunately, malignant melanoma is a strange, erratic, unpredictable form of cancer, and a lot of doctors don't really know that much about it.

I would definately be interested in the link to your website. I think I am somewhere near the end of rewriting my book- "Through the Dark Waters: Outrunning Cancer With Both Legs Tied" - but have just signed a contract to do a lengthy chapter of a history of the U.S. Infantry and am in panic mode until I get on top of that.

If you don't object, I would like to e-mail you direct, a little later, to discuss our books.

mommie4a
04-04-2005, 06:42 AM
I have two books started, my efforts on the shelves behind me.

1. How to give gifts to kids. I hate when my parents and inlaws ask me every year, what should I get the kids, and then don't get that, or don't ask and get things I can't believe. But there's so much more to this than etiquette or staying away from more Tickle Me Elmo. Book proposal is 80% done, supporters (already published experts in toy and gift industry) lined up for blurbs, agent ready to read. But then I got a yearlong freelance gig that fits my longterm interests and I put the book on hold (thank God the agent has also been like a friend and didn't kill me, three weeks before I was to send the proposal to her, when I told her I was stopping the book for now).

2. Jews at Georgetown. GU is 70% Catholic, I'm 100% Jewish though through the years I've disowned it at times. I'm as observant as I am (which actually isn't very, but it's more complicated than that) BECAUSE I Went to GU. A recent book called God on the Squad, talks about a surge in kids going to same-religion schools and being like missionaries about it. My proposal is for a book that examines what it's like to be a member of a minority religion of a school dominated by a different religion.

ritinrider
04-04-2005, 07:00 AM
Mommie4a, both books sound interesting, the second one especially. My cousin, who is now an Episcipal (sp?) priest once told me she didn't believe in prayer in the school. She meant the kind where everyone in the school bows their little heads and an adult (usually principal) says the prayer over the intercom. Or, having an assembly where all the students are gathered and a universal prayer is uttered. Her reasoning, she was a catholic attending a public school in a very baptist area of Oklahoma. The morning prayer in her school included some form of "please help the heathens see the light", meaning, "help these few catholic children become baptist". And when I was in 7th grade I lived in Utah, a nice state. At the time Utah was probably 80% Morman or LDS, I was not.

So I think your book would be interesting, and would be of interest to a great number of people.

There were several other books in the making listed in this thread that sound interesting. Be sure you all let us know when they are available.

Nita

JenNipps
04-04-2005, 07:56 AM
There were several other books in the making listed in this thread that sound interesting. Be sure you all let us know when they are available.

OK, but you've got to light a fire under my butt or something. I don't know that I'll do much more on it if I don't have incentive.

Hey.....

My incentive just might be that it could possibly get me out of transcription. lol.

Darn. Too early to dream for best-seller status...

dsw
04-23-2005, 11:52 PM
The nonfiction book that I currently have [published 2004] is in the self-help category. Research for this 5 CD audio book was an ongoing exercise that began 30 years ago. So I can't really say that the research was exactly the most difficult aspect. Rather, pulling it all together and deciding what to include and what to leave out was the hardest part.

TashaGoddard
04-24-2005, 10:38 AM
Hi dsw, and welcome to the non-fiction room and to AW.

Goodness, your audio book sounds like it was a mammouth project! It's interesting that it was an audio book. I usually think of audio book as coming out after the paper ones, though I imagine I may be jumping to conclusions here. I'd be very interested to hear why it came out as an audio book and what process you went through to get it published.

theinkslinger
04-25-2005, 03:43 AM
I have one that would fit the "How To" category. It's in the final editing process. It will be out hopefully by June when I teach a writing workshop. The title of that one is Pumping Your Muse.

The one that's more in the raw stage is historical. The biggest time consumer is typing up the interviews. I love actually conducting the interview but it's tedious typing them up. The last one was 11 pages single spaced.

Donna

dsw
05-05-2005, 12:35 AM
Tasha,
Yes, the audio books usually do come out after the hard cover. However, in the self-help genre, it seems that so many people like to listen to them in the car. So we bucked the system and did it backwards! Of course, that upsets a lot of people in the industry because it's just not "the way it's done," but hey, that's always been my problem...

Yes, it was a mammoth project. We went to two studios and discovered in the process that spoken word is much more difficult than music from a recording standpoint. It requires much more extensive editing. Finally, after watching the sound engineers mess with it for one year (!), I decided that I could do as good a job as they could. We bought the necessary software, set up a sound room in our house, and began recording. From start to finish (ready for the mfr), it took 3.5 months. We received a review from Midwest Book Review (James Cox) who remarked on the "technically flawless CD production values". That meant a lot to me since he did not know that we produced it ourselves because we set up a recording company separate from the publishing co.

We published it ourselves (www.networxpublishing.com). I designed the graphics for the cover and all the marketing materials. I chose the packaging and then found a manufacturer and worked with them to provide the electronic files they needed. It was a lot of hard work, but I enjoyed it. My biggest problem is marketing. The actual "go out there and get in their face" is not my thing. I'm working on it.

I did find out recently that it is a finalist in the ForeWord Magazine's 2004 Book of the Year Awards for Audio Nonfiction.

triceretops
05-06-2005, 08:37 AM
dsw--that's quite an accomplishment, and I think, very unique in this business. The best of luck to.

Tri

TashaGoddard
05-06-2005, 02:46 PM
Wow! As tri said, that really is some accomplishment. I was involved to a small extent in some spoken-word recording myself (for an audio-typing book), so I know what a huge job that must have been.

dsw
05-06-2005, 09:54 PM
It was. My husband performed and I was the sound engineer, editor, producer, etc.
The one thing I noticed was that being an Aries, I tend to want to move quickly, and editing written material allows you to feel like you are in control. However, with audio, you feel sometimes like it is in control because you can't scan like you can with written words. You can only listen at one speed.
After you work with words and passages enough, you find yourself recognizing the wave formation for those phrases. It's kind of weird.

ResearchGuy
05-13-2005, 02:47 AM
...WHAT KIND OF NON-FICTION BOOK DO YOU HAVE IN THE WORKS? WHAT CATEGORY?
...
Mine for which I have started the query process as of today is tentatively titled Policy and Data Resources on the Web: A Guide for Teachers and Librarians, an expansion of my column in Knowledge Quest, a sample of which is http://www.ala.org/ala/aasl/aaslpubsandjournals/kqweb/kqarchives/v33/33n2_umbach.pdf

I suppose the category would be "academic."

Last summer I got about 150 pages completed of a draft of a business book, when I decided that it was not likely to have real commercial possibilities (regional + too many topics lacking a compelling central theme). I can mine that for articles, and have started doing so with one article in process (it may take a while to find a home, but then I can rewrite for several different publications).

--Ken

triceretops
05-13-2005, 04:55 AM
Hi Researchguy. Sometimes we can't sell the whole lemonade stand like we want and must forge ahead a glass at a time. Your idea to farm out articles on your subject is a pretty good. You'll aquire a nice little platform, and at the same time, expose your material to a publisher who might suggest you expand it into a book and furnish subject/chapter suggestions. Then again, you might gain a referal from a slick mag, to a pub who might consider your full-length project.

My local dino discovery is very regional, but I'm considering breaking it up into (academic) articles for inclusions in smaller pubs such as Smith and Nat'l Geo. Non-fic sells hotter than ever right now, so hang in there, and let us know what's happening.

I've followed your many other posts, and find you to be very astute and knowledgeable. Very informative on the Beware's thread!

Triceratops

ResearchGuy
05-13-2005, 05:13 AM
Hi Researchguy. Sometimes we can't sell the whole lemonade stand like we want and must forge ahead a glass at a time. Your idea to farm out articles on your subject is a pretty good. You'll aquire a nice little platform, and at the same time, expose your material to a publisher who might suggest you expand it into a book and furnish subject/chapter suggestions. Then again, you might gain a referal from a slick mag, to a pub who might consider your full-length project.

My local dino discovery is very regional, but I'm considering breaking it up into (academic) articles for inclusions in smaller pubs such as Smith and Nat'l Geo. Non-fic sells hotter than ever right now, so hang in there, and let us know what's happening.

I've followed your many other posts, and find you to be very astute and knowledgeable. Very informative on the Beware's thread!

Triceratops
Thanks for the kind words, Triceratops. Much appreciated.

The Policy and Data Resources book started as a simple column for Knowledge Quest, which the editor suggested expanding into a book. I am finally moving on that front. It is a specialized topic, so there are few appropriate publishers, which simplifies things a bit.

The other item was my own brainchild, to be a comprehensive guide to starting a small business in my metro area. It became apparent that it was too much of a grab bag to make sense as a book, and it never will make sense as a book, not as I had designed it. (If you are curious, see http://almanac.umbachconsulting.com/ -- no longer linked to my home page, but still on the server.) I can pull out chunks, such as "How to Get a Business License" or "Networking Opportunities for the Business Startup" or "Free Consulting Resources for New Entrepreneurs," and make articles of them. The one I have in process is of that type. It will probably be rejected, but there are other target publications. The trick with an article like that is to change the slant and rewrite for different markets (maybe for different professional groups' trade pubs, for instance) or to adapt for regional pubs in different geographic areas. (Might not even need to rewrite in that case, but rather just sell repub rights.) Some folks do very well at that, and I believe that is standard advice for freelancers.

I'll let y'all know when something comes to pass.

--Ken

TashaGoddard
05-13-2005, 12:27 PM
As tri says, that's a great idea to pull out bits from a non-selling written or partially written book to make into articles. I'm sure there are quite a few people here who would find that idea useful.

triceretops
05-13-2005, 02:19 PM
Thanks, Tasha, that is good advice.

First I want to welcome all non-fiction writers to this forum, and extend my wishes for your success. I started out here from the very begining having my own frustrations, and have since moved on from the dino discovery to a nearly completed novel. But my heart resides here and always will. My success lies with my past non-fiction pursuits, and Jenna will tell you, in no uncertain terms, that hers was with non-fiction also. So it is an extremely rewarding and profitable pursuit.

Remember that non-fiction books outsell fiction nearly three to one, and they can be sold to non-agented venues, on partials only, and for substantially more up front in terms of an advance. If that is not motivation, I don't know what is! I had twelve novels lanquish with agents and publishers until I collapsed with exhaustion. But the day I sent in my non-fiction books,(on a dare) was the day I was picked up, and I mean, immediately picked up. The information age is upon us--the public is chewing at the bit for great non-fiction categories. Health, fitness, self-help, history, nostagia, name it, it sells. I can't begin to tell you how many small and medium press markets eagarly scoop this stuff up.

My first book, Garage Sale Mania, was contracted by two different small press publishers at the same time. So I declined one, but let a good writing friend use my galleys as a format to write her own version of a garage sale book, and she was snapped up too! Double win-win!

So don't get discouraged. Your market is so huge, you'll never have enough submissions to saturate it. The odds are in your favor. If you need any advice, I'll offer what I can. Old subject=new slant. New subject=good marketing savvy and sound platform. Give em' hell.

Triceratops:Thumbs:

gogoshire
05-16-2005, 07:49 PM
...WHAT KIND OF NON-FICTION BOOK DO YOU HAVE IN THE WORKS? WHAT CATEGORY?


I'm a third done with a collection of essays tentatively called Flummoxing in the Hamlet about growing up middle class in the midwest in the 1970s.

alleywaygirl
05-17-2005, 11:33 AM
I'm writing a non fiction memoir about some time I spent in the islamic world. Each chapter is based around an islamic woman i got to know. woven throughout these chapters is the story of my relationship with an iranian man. i've got an agent, but i'm still working on the latest revision she's asked for.

i've have never published anything before, but have been working on this project for nearly five years.

demonandmonk
05-24-2005, 12:22 AM
My book, the demon and the monk, is about my favorite subject - me! It is an autobography with elements of true crime and self help. Check it out at www.demonandmonk.com (http://www.demonandmonk.com)

dave

Kree Atv Khurz
05-25-2005, 06:28 PM
My book is largely memoir, partly how-to and survival, partly cultural-political-economic criticism. I started it 1999 as a guide to economical and interesting travel and retirement in Third World Countries, expanded it the next year as I entered treatment and clinical trials for Stage 4 Metastatic Melanoma, describing it all, expanded it again following 9/11, and expanded it finally after returning in Oct., 2003, from a 9-months round the world trip. I've used at least a dozen titles, from RE-INVENTING LIFE to the current WHISTLING MARCHES. It now totals about 120,000 words, 400 double-spaced pages.

I've never interested a bonafide publisher, agent, friend, or stranger in my tales, except for the few Melanoma patients and caregivers who responded to my announcement in the Summer of 2002 on a Melanoma bulletin board about excerpts posted in iPublish dot com. I guess the reasons for my failure to find an agent or publisher could include my advanced age (1-book wonder), lack of a central focus in the book, unpleasant and boring subjects, perception of self-pity, my critical and politically incorrect views, and/or bad writing. I'm now just sitting on it and waiting, now into the third month, for responses to a half-dozen mailed or e-mailed agent queries. I'm now reading other memoirs and thinking about new moves to re-kindle my life. I doubt that I will send out anymore queries until Fall. They're all involved with Summer recreation, I fear.

If I do re-activate my agent search, I'm thinking about breaking it into three or four books. Has anybody out there tried that? Did it help? I would appreciate your views.

Thanks, Kree

SnowOwl
06-04-2005, 01:35 AM
I'm a brand new member here. What I've seen of this place is very encouraging!

My NF is about third wave feminism. The most difficult part of the research is wading through all the other titles that have been published about feminism. I'm also having a trying time tyring to decide how extreme I want to get. In many ways, I'm very critical of the direction feminism is moving in. But at the same time, I don't want to alienate my readership. I'm not an 'expert' so I'm hoping I can sell this because I am part of the third wave, being twenty years old. We'll see what happens!

ResearchGuy
06-04-2005, 02:02 AM
I'm a brand new member here. What I've seen of this place is very encouraging!

My NF is about third wave feminism. The most difficult part of the research is wading through all the other titles that have been published about feminism. I'm also having a trying time tyring to decide how extreme I want to get. In many ways, I'm very critical of the direction feminism is moving in. But at the same time, I don't want to alienate my readership. I'm not an 'expert' so I'm hoping I can sell this because I am part of the third wave, being twenty years old. We'll see what happens!
Welcome aboard!

It sounds like a promising project. Where there are many books, there is an audience. Fresh insights and a new view of a changing subject crafted with excellent writing should have potential. Seems to me that speaking truthfully AND in excellent prose trumps the need not to rub some readers the wrong way. You cannot please everyone, so write your truth.

You are an expert in your own experience and direct observations, and you can BECOME an expert in the previous literature. Go for it.

--Ken

biotales
06-04-2005, 02:27 AM
Biography/celeb.... with a twist....

ldumont999
06-10-2005, 11:13 PM
I write inspirational nonfiction. I have two books out already. The first was sixty stories (humorous, poignant, everyday chit-chat) about life and Coffee. The follow-up was sixty stories (same as above) but the thread that ran through all the stories was Chocolate. The hardest part about the research was eating all that chocolate. LOL :ROFL:

Seriously, the research wasn't that difficult because they were stories came about naturally in my life.

My next book is proving to be more difficult. I'm working on a book about six women who all accomplished extraordinary things with less than extraordinary talents. These are just everyday women who were thrown into unusal circumstances where they chose to persevere and overcome extreme challenges. The hard part is that they live all around the country and I'm having trouble getting a handle on their environments with actually being there.

WriteRead
06-12-2005, 03:44 AM
The NF bk I write now is about spirituality and meditation, actually called so, w a sub-title to it.

I guess it falls into the "spirituality" category.

Once it's done, and the hard part is to put in edited words what I used to lecture about for a few yrs in these two fields, I intend to make a spin-off for the religious category, mainly Christian, so it may be two religious bks - one gen and the other Christian.

In the process of writing, I found that I didn't know, nor suspected how much I didn't know about what I thought I knew. The writing process made me to revise and review ALL of my knowledge, assumptions, principles, you name it, but from various witnesses, small and big, I understand that this is normal in NF, and it's really logical to be so. Struggling w the need to define, you end up redefining the notions and clarifying them to yourself and this is a blessing in disguise.

I have notes for another NF bk, totally unrelated to the one mentioned, something about office workspace, but this is a remote project, at the most, now.

Dan

kevacho
06-21-2005, 11:37 PM
I've always written fiction. However, I'm nearly completed with a non-fiction book regarding modern etiquette. Don't really know that much about the non-fiction world, and I have no clue as to whether or not my little, non-fiction attempt has any audience whatsoever, but I've been threatening to write this rant for years, and, go figure, I'm almost done.

Kevin
www.kevacho.com (http://www.kevacho.com)

triceretops
06-22-2005, 04:35 AM
Kevacho--The non-fiction world is wide open for unique and different approaches. Do some proper research, chapter that baby up, and let it fly. Pay particular attention to non-fiction guidelines--sometimes they are very different from house to house. Don't be afraid. Check out other books with the same subject and see what's been done on it. Good luck

Triceratops

Nicholas S.H.J.M Woodhouse
06-22-2005, 04:58 AM
3. Historical

6. Academic/science

7. Biography (celebrity)



Its a mini work on Soviet montage cinema theory and the disputes among the theorists. So its historical, academic and biographical too.



WHAT'S THE MOST DIFFICULT ASPECT OF RESEARCH FOR YOUR BOOK?


It has to be the interviews with scholars who refuse to speak to me in anything but Russian. I don't speak Russian by the way.......

Taxiday
06-25-2005, 08:42 PM
The title of my book is, "How I made a Living Playing Slot Machines and Why I'm Driving a Taxi Now."
That's the "working" title but I'm sure my publisher will change it to something like, "An Insider's View of Las Vegas Slot Teams."

In any case, it was fun to write (although I'm still making changes?revisions) and has led to other opportunities to get Las Vegas oriented stuff published.

triceretops
06-26-2005, 03:30 AM
Sounds like a wonderful title and book. It kinda lept out at me since I spent six years in Las Vegas, half on the streets, and half off. I was thinking of writing a survivor's guide to Vegas, especially how to protect yourself from pickpockets, strong-arm robbery, and casinos themselves. Please let know how this book goes, I'd be interested in hearing about it.

Triceratops

veronie
07-01-2005, 07:57 AM
I am writing a book in the Christian niche about the Second Coming. Now, before anyone groans and says, "Just what we need, another book on the Second Coming," you should know that I am arguing the "preterist" viewpoint--the belief that the Second Coming took place in the past: around A.D. 70.

As far as I can tell, there is no modern book advocating the full preterist position, so mine will be unique. I've got Chapter One finished; I am now working on my proposal. I will likely write Chapter Two and use it as my sample chapter in the proposal. I hope to have it finished within two weeks. Wish me luck.

Mike

SnowOwl
07-01-2005, 10:29 AM
I'm only vaguely familiar with full preterism. Are you affiliated with Transmilleniumism? Do you believe in any sort of pergatory? Who was the anti-christ? Sorry for all the questions, if you feel uncomfortable answering here you can PM me.

May I ask what angle are you approaching the book from? It seems like you'd have to build a very broad base because there are so few preterists, but I guess with the ressurrection selling so hot (heh) today, it could catch on. What am I saying? If they bought the trainwreck that is the Left Behind series...and hey, a whole deluge of secular people bought The DiVinci Code just because it gave an alternative viewpoint. Hm.

I'm not a Christian, but I am very interested in your book. It's not everyday you meet a preterist, after all. ;)

Good luck with the proposal!

DonnaReed
07-02-2005, 07:04 AM
I worked at the Golden Nugget from 1989-1998.

You should tell your stories. The image of Las Vegas right now, is one of celebrities and glamour. Far from reality, if you ask me.

The only thing thats changed about Vegas is the image. The people who live there are the same, the people who go there are the same. Guests still lose all their money, and jump out of hotel windows, but you never have and never will read that in any newspaper. Employees still shoot heroin in the bathroom, and carry their toddlers to work , because they have no place else to leave them. There are so many tragic stories, of suicide and gambling addiction, and its a common story. Paychecks gambled away, month after month. Domestic violence, gangs, you name it.

The real sin city is miseryville if you ask me. A nice place to visit, but you wouldn't want to live there.

I'm intrigued by the documentaries. There's one called the "Casino Diaries" where they show the real deal, profiles and close-ups of people and consequences.

Sad, but very interesting.

Faergen
07-05-2005, 05:28 AM
I'm writing a literary travel book on living in Mayan areas of Mexico-especially in Palenque and San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas. It will include my own illustrations of the ruins. I was a fiction writer for many years, then a journalist, then back to fiction. This is my first non-fiction book. I thought I had all the info I needed until I began--now I'm helping to support Alibris by bookbuying!:flag: I decided to include parts about the indigenous peoples, their flower businesses, Subcommandant Marcos, etc. So more research! Anyone else interested in this area?
Faergen

Dee Anne
07-26-2005, 06:05 PM
I'm working on the beginning market research stage of my new non-fiction book about "How to not get screwed and grow richer." When I was first divorced and had to handle many more financial matters (and personal!), I became aware of the "screw jungle" out there AND how much it can and does cost us. This can be from a little overcharging at the store to the car dealership to the big scammers.

Any feedback, input, comments on this topic? I appreciate all you who take the time to help give me your expert input.
Dee Anne

triceretops
07-26-2005, 06:27 PM
Hi, Dee Anne. Sounds like you have something there that is between a self-help and a consumer warning book. I wrote a consumer book about Auto Repair Shams and Scams, and it did well. It sounds like you want to prep the average person on how to economise and cut corners, which is always a useful guide. My advice is to work on a catchier title, but then again that is one of the last considerations you have to worry about. Think about your chapter structure and what you're going to explore with each. Is your focus going to be about how to avoid scams and spot them? Or are you going to concentrate on how to cut corners and save through investigation and intelligence?

Tri

Sara Rachael Hope
07-26-2005, 06:30 PM
Dee Anne,
I love the title of your book...it's a very interesting subject matter!
I myself have had the experience already (and my book is a non-fictional book that I and most!, don't even consider 'published'). I envy you for 'having fun' doing the market research on such a title. Unfortunately, I myself have been having some difficulties writing my current 'non-fiction/fantasy/horror/romantic/poetic' book, due to the title of your book, and the fact that it has taken a bit of a toll on me.
Maybe that's the cost you speak of? Fascinating, huh!
If you'd like some research material, feel free to e-mail/PM me.
Wishing you much success (and fun) in your work!


I'm working on the beginning market research stage of my new non-fiction book about "How to not get screwed and grow richer." When I was first divorced and had to handle many more financial matters (and personal!), I became aware of the "screw jungle" out there AND how much it can and does cost us. This can be from a little overcharging at the store to the car dealership to the big scammers.

Any feedback, input, comments on this topic? I appreciate all you who take the time to help give me your expert input.
Dee Anne

TrixieBelden
08-19-2005, 06:26 PM
Im currently writing a book on the women of death row.How they got there, what their lives are like now etc.

triceretops
08-19-2005, 06:55 PM
Wow,ruralwriter, you've got yourself some topic there that I'm sure has a built-in audience. Like say just about all of Ferman's, Wambaugh's, and Ann Rule's readership. Good luck with that one, wishing all the success that I know you'll get.


Triceratops

TrixieBelden
08-19-2005, 08:08 PM
Wow,ruralwriter, you've got yourself some topic there that I'm sure has a built-in audience. Like say just about all of Ferman's, Wambaugh's, and Ann Rule's readership. Good luck with that one, wishing all the success that I know you'll get.


Triceratops

Thanks so much. Its extra nice because I have a request for my propsal and Im nervous, nervous, nervous.

triceretops
08-19-2005, 08:31 PM
Be happy, happy, happy, and let her rip! Then send more out and never be discouraged cause' it's all subjective in this business. Good luck and good hunting.

Tri

MarkButler
09-29-2005, 10:07 PM
Howdie all.. new member here.

I'm currently most of the way through my second draft of a motorcycle diaries type of book. It follows my decision to buy a motorcycle and ride it solo across country. Since I didn't have anything truely dangerous happen like getting kidnapped by rebels or falling off a cliff, I felt where I can add something was in my sense of wonder at seeing the country and in my real-life newbie mistakes during the whole process.

There are a lot of "where to go when riding in [name your area]" type of books, there are also a lot of "here is what you need if you take a motorcycle journey" type of books, there are almost no books that cover a newbies true-life misadventures.. I'm hoping the reason there are none is because it is an untapped market and not because nobody is interested. With luck it will be a book old-timers can laugh at and first timers can relate to.

I joined up because as I finish my 2nd draft and begin trying to make it more polished in preparation to submission, I am looking for resources on the differences between fiction writing (i.e. show don't tell, keep the dialog POV, etc.) and what the conventions for non-fiction are. Plus I could use some encouragement as I have now been working on this thing for 16 months and am only in the second draft and I want to dump it and start something more fun and I feel burned out already and am not 100% sure I can ever finish it ..

Mark

TashaGoddard
10-04-2005, 12:18 PM
Hi Mark and welcome to AW. I think you will find this place very helpful.

Your book sounds fascinating and definitely something I'd like the opportunity to read one day, so please don't give up!

Good luck and I hope you find the tips and encouragement you're looking for.

alisonbruce
10-13-2005, 08:32 AM
I have written or edited a number of workbooks and guides for clients. Then my sister's breast cancer spread to her bones and I spent more time taking care of her and our children. Before she died, she pushed me to get back to writing fiction. Someday I'm going to write about her... but not yet. In any case, in the process of writing a fantasy novel, I did a lot of research on mythological creatures. I ended up creating a bestiary of the best known creatures from classical mythology, their international counterparts and mention, where applicable, how they have been adapted in popular fiction like Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Diskworld, and others.
This is definitely an "other" category, like writing about ghosts.

TashaGoddard
10-13-2005, 09:26 AM
Hi Alison, and welcome. Your bestiary sounds fascinating. While it could prove a very useful resource for fantasy writers, I think it would also have wider appeal. Good luck with getting it published - and let me know when it is, so I can buy a copy!

laffingrain
11-04-2005, 07:29 AM
I just finished a non fiction book with, yuk, yuk, too many pages..475 pages but if I do a 10 point it comes out to 322 pages requiring reading glasses for the little old lady somewhere that might read it. I suppose its new age but I was hoping not to label it that. It's called Roadsigns, Shifting Gears Between Two Worlds, about paranormal experiences I've had. and some biographical elements to round it out. I can't do the 12 point I want because the publishing company will retail it for $34 and, frankly, it's my opinion, yes, it's good, but not that good to sell for that much. I've edited each chapter down and whittled and glossed it for a solid year, but might end up chopping more off. it's just that it hurts so bad :Hammer: so guess I'm forced to do size 10. I like this site. just found it today after a dream I had I should come here and meet some good people. you all are interesting and wish I'd found you sooner. the dream I had I was writing down on a paper "mod squad". and a friend told me there was a "mod squad" here on this site! ha ha! take care :popcorn: alysia

laffingrain
11-04-2005, 07:37 AM
Im currently writing a book on the women of death row.How they got there, what their lives are like now etc.

this is definetely something I would read, and I do think it would be a best seller if written well. my favorite tv show is forensics shows and they don't really get into the phychology of it that much so your book would provide some of that.

ngoldman
11-13-2005, 06:44 PM
Hi:

Athough this is a trifle off the subject of these postings, I just would like to add my two cents piece in.

After reading the many posts, I noticed that there are some very interesting non-fiction topics that many of you authors are working on.

Our twenty-five international reviewers of the book reviewing site and author interviewing site, Bookpleasures.com (http://www.bookpleasures.com/) are always on the lookout for non-fiction books to review. If you have written a published book or are about to have one published, give us a shout and perhaps we will review your book.
We do accept Arc copies of the book.

Good luck with your books!

Norm
Editor
Bookpleasures.com (http://www.bookpleasures.com/)

M.A.Gardener
12-28-2005, 10:45 AM
I can find very little information on writing how-to (or how to, for the search engine) books. Anyone know of resources for this? :Sun:

triceretops
12-28-2005, 10:53 AM
Hi, M.A. I wrote non-fiction how-tos and had them published. What exactly are you looking for? What kind of a book is it?

Triceratops

TrixieBelden
12-28-2005, 10:33 PM
this is definetely something I would read, and I do think it would be a best seller if written well. my favorite tv show is forensics shows and they don't really get into the phychology of it that much so your book would provide some of that.
How kind, thanks for sharing this.
And yes, the whole book basically is psychology. Why they did the things they did. With some law enforcment interviews also.
I hope you will read it!

PatriciaL
01-02-2006, 11:17 PM
Good question. It's questions like these that help us to learn more about one another.

After over 30 years spent writing nonfiction articles for magazines and books (24 in all), I am shifting gears--well, at least temporarily. I am currently working on a book of cat stories and boy am I feeling challenged. It seemed like an easy and fun project when I came up with the idea a couple of years ago. But I'm finding that it's a real stretch for me--a staunch "give me the facts ma'am" type writer/author--to shift to storytelling mode.

I have a love/hate relationship with the book right now. I delight in the stories, the memories and the process while also struggling to give the stories a literary quality.

It's definitely a very different process than writing my latest book (which debuted YESTERDAY), "The Right Way to Write, Publish and Sell Your Book."

Patricia Fry

expatbrat
01-04-2006, 11:01 AM
I'm writing "Expat Brat", an adventure story about my last 10 years living as an expatriate Personal Trainer and Fitness Manager in Papua New Guinea, Beijing and now Pattaya, Thailand’s home of sexpats, retiree’s, and “special people” who just don’t “fit in” anywhere else. Three extremely different assignments which could possibly be the largest diversity in cultures, belief systems, working conditions, lifestyles, locals and fellow expatriates possible.

Writen in a "chick beach read" voice, this is a journey through the ups, the downs, the tears, the exhilaration, the frustrations and the seemingly endless search for adventure, a purpose in life, and “the one.”

tintinnabulation
01-20-2006, 01:41 AM
What began as a stage play about a true celebrity murder has now blossomed into a full scale biography on one of the killers. When I had originally written the play, there was very little information available on the (then) very small World Wide Web. After work shopping the play, I went back to do more research and located the kids involved. One of them has gone on to become a P.E.N. winning writer – whom I now edit and represent – and a friend in the truest since of the word.



This work has been the hardest I have ever taken on. The ability to see the goodness in people who have done some horrible things is tough. I am tested every day on my capacity to, ‘love the un-loveable,’ as the subject’s sister says I do.

triceretops
01-22-2006, 12:50 PM
I'm very sorry for you loss, and I speak from the voice of experience. My father and I were using a crosswalk at night in a school zone, just after a softball game when we were struck down by a speeding truck. I lived. My father didn't. These types of accidents that take loved ones from is are like no other, and what is very strange is that your best friends do not know how to react to you, nor do they know how to properly understand your grief.

Good luck, and get it out of your system. God Bless you.

Tri

Debtfree
02-04-2006, 09:43 PM
WHAT KIND OF NON-FICTION BOOK DO YOU HAVE IN THE WORKS? WHAT CATEGORY?
1. Self-help.
2. How-to
3. Historical
4. True Crime
5 Inspirational
6. Academic/science
7. Biography (celebrity)
8. Other

WHAT'S THE MOST DIFFICULT ASPECT OF RESEARCH FOR YOUR BOOK?
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Greetings Everyone,

I have written 3 non-fiction books. They would all be under that category of Inspiration to Self-Help. The most difficult aspect of my research was listening to audio tapes to get quotes, and finding writing (articles, books)specific to the area that a praticular chapter I was writing would address.


I am most actively trying to get my second book published. I have 3 publishers in mind: PawprintsPOD.com, lulu.com, Xulon.com.

The title of the book is: Another Side of the Coin and it is about the Faith Message and its critics. Below is from my website.

Another Side of the Coin is worlds apart from most other books that address the controversy surrounding “the Faith Movement,” in that it answers the critics of Faith teaching by using quotations from those who have been accused of espousing heretical doctrine. It is primarily a suitable answer to accusations made by Hank Hanegraaff in his 1993 book, Christianity in Crisis. Another Side of the Coin plainly and openly illustrates the teaching of the Word of Faith concerning faith, the deity of Jesus, the cross, sickness and the believer, prosperity and God’s will concerning it...plus much more.
Another Side of the Coin is not an attempt by the author to answer the critics with his own opinion as has taken place in most writings on this subject. Rather, it allows the Faith teachers themselves to clarify their beliefs from their own preaching and writing showing that they are indeed not teaching heretical doctrine as some have claimed. This book also has been given support, in writing by those quoted and addressed within its pages—aside from Mr. Hanegraaff.

This book has not been written as an attempt to say, “We are right and they are wrong!” Rather, this is a prayerful effort at giving a proper answer to the critics of the Word of Faith. It is the desire of my heart that this writing be a tool to bring about restoration between both sides of this controversial debate.

Another Side of the Coin is a detailed rebuttal to the various accusations made by Mr. Hanegraaff. After years of research, Gregg has written a tool to dispel the myths waged against the teachers of the Word of Faith and their message. If you're confused about the teaching and motivation of the Word of Faith, and are open to compare both sides…then this book is for you!.
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Have any of you heard of pawprintsPOD? I have been to their website and the price look great, but I have emailed them twice and still not received a response. My other 2 books are: When the Holy Spirit Reveals and Speak the Word Only. You can check them out at my site Blessed To Be A Blessing Ministries (http://www.b2bablessing.org)

Debtfree:hi:

LaBell
02-07-2006, 08:15 PM
Hi Triceratops! What a wonderful thread!

I'm writing a how-to book. My husband is a musician, who like most musicians, came to a turning point in his life where he wanted to get out of playing gigs at night, but didn't want to walk away from his career in music. I have always enjoyed writing and I love talking to people, so he suggested we team up and try our luck at producing advertising jingles. (Having owned our own retail business years ago, we know the marketing challenges that small business owners face.) Much to our dismay, there were very few books that covered this topic, and the ones that did only gave you a pep talk - we needed practical, step by step, “hold our hands and show us how to do it” advice. Through trial and error, we eventually figured everything out, and we have produced over 1,000 jingles for small businesses, radio/television stations, and ad agencies, nationally. We have become “the experts” in our field.

Emails and phone calls come in from musicians all over the country, asking us to help them make this transition in their career. There truly is enough work out there to keep all of them busy, and we’re more than happy to share our knowledge and experiences with them. And we do! But, it’s very time consuming to teach them all how to do it, so my husband suggested I write this book.

(Tentatvie title) "The JINGLE Business: How To Be Successful at Producing and Selling Advertising Jingles” gives musicians, radio/television station account executives, and advertising agencies, a clear understanding of each other’s roles, challenges, and responsibilities so they can work together to brand a client’s name/product/service and dramatically increase the effectiveness of on-air commercials with memorable musical images, aka “jingles.” Part I takes you step-by-step, from concept to completion, and covers setting up an office (project studio) in your home, finding clients, what questions to ask them, how to write lyrics, how to write the music, how to deal with difficult clients, and how to close on the sale. Part II is a reference section and has a concise Rhyming Dictionary, Words, Words, Words and Phrases, to make writing lyrics and ad copy a breeze. This book gives professionals the tools they need to survive and thrive in the jingle jungle!

I realize this is a real niche market book. I hope I’ll be able to find a publisher who is interested in it!

triceretops
02-07-2006, 10:37 PM
LaBell, that's a wonderful idea for a non-fic book, because it certainly fills an untapped niche, if I do say so. And BTW what a wonderful short proposal you wrote describing it. Looks like you have the majority of your query/snynop right in your post there. Good job!

Tri

LaBell
02-07-2006, 11:34 PM
Thank you for your words of encouragement! I've been trying to figure out how to write a proposal for this book, and it was a huge relief to get your positive feedback. Thanks, again! (hug)

APH73
02-15-2006, 08:31 AM
Collectibles Toys from the 1980s I am writing a series.

Crazypants Jones
02-19-2006, 03:01 AM
I'm writing about my experiences as a hurricane evacuee during the summer of 2005. I kept a journal throughout the entire thing-- from the first warnings about Katrina through settling in Texas, getting hit by Rita, and our journey to our new home in Oklahoma. Starting off, I never expected much more than a three day evacuation which I would record for my four year old daughter to read when she got older. As our conditions got worse, I realized that other people might be interested in hearing about it too. I don't know if anyone will, but who knows?

CPJ

Ashleen
02-27-2006, 11:23 PM
Merry hi! I write "Wicca books." The second edition of my first one, Family Wicca, is due out in a couple-three months from Career Press (it was originally published by Llewellyn). Raising Witches focuses on more formal Wiccan/Pagan religious education. In the Service of Life: a Wiccan Perspective on Death is, well, about death, and how it's always going to be sad, but doesn't have to be scary. Celebrating the Seasons of Life is a two-volume set looking at lore, rituals, activities and symbols surrounding the eight Wiccan Sabbats.

Currently, I'm co-authoring one about kids' rituals, trying to sell one I co-authored about practicing Wicca without all the fancy stuff most books talk about, and beginning another co-authored work about the relationship of Wicca to Christianity.

The most difficult aspect of writing these books is not research, but trying to make the appropriate distinctions between Wicca and other forms of Witchcraft without raising too many hackles.

Blessings,
Ashleen

Joanna_S
03-03-2006, 04:40 PM
LaBell -- that sounds like a great book! I'd buy it in a hot second. I'm a freelance writer who also loves to sing and write songs. I've got dozens of them online.

As for the books I write, I have 4 books out about cats and dogs (2 on cats, 2 on dogs -- I'm very balanced). My 5th book, coming out in October, is about Runes. Yes, a wee bit of a departure for me. I've been working with two different publishers, both British (although I'm American) as the Brits are the masters of putting out illustrated non-fiction books.

I've got 3 more possible projects with one of the publishers, all on different sports. I know very little about sports, but that's no problem. I didn't know that much about cats, dogs or runes, either. Research is our friend.

I also have a novel with my agent right now. My goal is to eventually switch from non-fiction to fiction, as that's where my heart is. But right now, my contacts are with non-fiction. I just got the agent; my non-fiction work has all been unagented. But I knew that to place my fiction, I was going to have to get an agent, so I took the plunge. In the past, I've written for television and comic books, so I've been knocking around for awhile. I also teach an online course in comedy writing.

I need to pitch some more ideas for non-fiction books and I'm having some trouble coming up with ideas. Having just finished the novel, it's almost like I'm fighting returning to MBS books. Therefore, other than the sports books (which are humor books), I really don't have anything to report. I sure wish I did.

That jingle writing is sounding very attractive right now!

I guess this turned into an introduction, instead of a "what's on deck" post. My apologies for potentially breaking a forum rule.

-- Joanna

DanaS
03-04-2006, 05:35 PM
It has really been interesting reading about the "works" of you all. What great titles!

I have completed a self-help, sort of inspirational title, short, Please Stop the World-I Need to Get Off! This title explores the world of vertigo and it's psychological, emotional, social, as well as physical affects of the patient and caregivers. A little dry humor, but some good explanations of what it is really like, and some ways to help manage. Unfortunately, no takers yet...but have received some good feedback. Currently I am completing final edits on a medical non-fiction, The Dark Side of Medicine. This is a collection of true stories I have experienced when dealing with extended family medical issues and personal issues. My biggest concern with this, is that I do not want it to come off as a whining/blame game. I want it to bring factural experiences to light and encourage medical professionals to attend and be aware of the whole patient, and the caregivers. I also want caregivers and patients to stand up for themselves, and not settle for mediocre medical treatment. Finally, I am working on an educational support title for day care centers. This title explores ways and strategies to support emotional, physical, socially, and cognitively challenged students in their centers. Now all we all need to do it is finish and find a publisher. Wouldn't that be great? Good luck to you all! Dana

badducky
03-05-2006, 02:23 AM
I knew I was forgetting something!



subject... what a good idea...

Steven Pollack
03-05-2006, 08:37 AM
I am writing a guide to retailing focusing on actionable advice for both newbies and current owners. It is based on my experience over the last 16 years as owner of jewelry store, starting with my being a goldsmith. Now I am finishing law school and have started a new business importing from China and selling on my website, on eBay, and to contractors.

I went to Barnes and Noble yesterday to see what is currently being offered and it seems like there are already a lot of titles on retailing. The thing is that they were either treatise on retail options (i.e. not actionable) or focused on profiles of successful entrepreneurs.

How will I find this market once I finish writing? I am new to publishing. I am the editor of a section on retailing for a top 100 internet website. I think I will be able to promote this book to the 300,000 visitors the site gets per month. I am thinking about the self-publishing route.

Steve

triceretops
03-05-2006, 01:35 PM
Steve, sounds like you have a decent platform to promote and sell that book. Heck, if I can sell a how-to book on garage sales, you can certainly sell a book on retailing from your perspective. Just put a different spin on your methods and devices--make it something different and approach the subject with different and fresh ideas.

Non-fiction out-sells fiction over a 3-1 margin, and you certainly don't need an agent to sell good how-to non-fiction. I would try small pubs, indies, and univerity presses before I would self-publish a book like that.

Triceratops

LaBell
03-08-2006, 07:41 PM
Thank you, Joanna S, for the words of support on my book idea!

It's great that you already have SEVERAL books out there. Congratulations! And I wish you all the best at breaking into fiction writing. I'll bet you will be just as successful at that, and the music, and anything else you set you're mind to.

I checked out your webite. I love how resourceful you are (you have an online couse that's offered thru colleges?! Brilliant!) and how you put yourself out there and try out all kinds of things. So many people are afraid to do this, for fear of failure. You obviously don't have those issues. ha! You have a very positive energy. You go, girl!

dlcharles
03-09-2006, 11:19 PM
I'm very sorry for you loss, and I speak from the voice of experience. My father and I were using a crosswalk at night in a school zone, just after a softball game when we were struck down by a speeding truck. I lived. My father didn't. These types of accidents that take loved ones from is are like no other, and what is very strange is that your best friends do not know how to react to you, nor do they know how to properly understand your grief.
Tri

Well put! Our son was killed in Orlando, Florida on March 14, three years ago by an illegal Cuban driving one of those "$50 a load get it there quick" dump trucks. Our son had just purchased a new home and hadn't even moved in completely, plus his son was born three weeks before. One month before his thirty-third birthday - so this time of year is especially hard on my wife and me. No parent should outlive their children. The lady riding as a passenger in the van was also killed, leaving four children and her husband, our son had been showing her the territory she would cover in a residential area with a speed limit of 25 MPH - the dump truck was estimated at traveling over 70 MPH at time of impact. The driver was not injured and took off back to Cuba so he wasn't touched. The pain I feel at losing my son does not 'heal', but it cannot even come close to the pain his mother feels. She gave him birth and stated it is as if a part of her was ripped out, leaving a big empty place. Even today - if one more person says, "He's in a better place now" or "God has his reasons.", I don't know if I will be able to restrain myself.

Wendy J: Good story idea - put me down for at least five copies so our other children can read it also. The worst part for us is when we are in someplace public and suddenly see someone who closely resembles our son - it grabs you by the throat for that split-second. I did not display my pain at his funeral as his mother needed my support, this is hard for me, but almost sixteen months later I was driving down the highway on a beautiful afternoon when, strangely enough, my vision was suddenly blurred by tears coursing down my face so hard I had to pull off the road and just sit until it passed. I called my wife to tell her what happened and she came apart from my relating it.

Noob
03-10-2006, 03:34 AM
Thought that I would start something off here:

WHAT KIND OF NON-FICTION BOOK DO YOU HAVE IN THE WORKS? WHAT CATEGORY?
1. Self-help.
2. How-to
3. Historical
4. True Crime
5 Inspirational
6. Academic/science
7. Biography (celebrity)
8. Other

WHAT'S THE MOST DIFFICULT ASPECT OF RESEARCH FOR YOUR BOOK?

Mine is about the discovery of giant ice age mammals in my city. It's probably would I would term a documentary. The most difficult research has involved the sources, like the Water District, who dug it up, and the museum who are the curators of the fossils and reports. Way too much red tape and drawn out waiting periods. Lately, my solution has been to fast track and ask for press releases instead. Info is just now trickling in.

Triceratops

The non-fiction book i work on have to land under nr 8. Dont want to say whats its about atm, since i feel the idea is kinda unik. Alteast i havent found any books on the market today that are simular on "my" subject.

"WHAT'S THE MOST DIFFICULT ASPECT OF RESEARCH FOR YOUR BOOK? ": Easy... Its all in my brain, i just have to find it and dig it out.. hehe

Joanna_S
03-12-2006, 08:30 AM
LaBell, your book idea has stuck with me, and the more I think about it, the more I think it's got a major shot at getting published. It's a great idea. I really hope you get it out there and I mean it that I'll be first in line.

As for all the stuff I do, well, it's tough to make ends meet when you freelance write. Got to have a lot of irons in the fire. The class is nice because it's a steady paycheck. You might consider writing your jingle-writing idea as an online class. It's a lot of work in the beginning (writing the class is like writing a very big book) but the teaching part is rewarding and not that time-consuming.

Here's a link to Education To Go (http://www.ed2go.com/teach.html), the place where I teach through. My class is in over a 1000 schools now, thanks to them. I have no idea if this would appeal to you, but just in case, I thought I'd let you know. (I get no commissions or anything, so don't think I'm doing this to plug the place. I just know it helped me a lot to write the class).

-- Joanna

LaBell
03-12-2006, 05:19 PM
Thanks Joanna S! The thought of teaching an online course is intriguing. :-) I'll check it out!

mischa
03-16-2006, 08:27 AM
I am working on a children's birthday planning book. My co-author is a teacher and puts on birthday parties for hire. This is our first collaborative effort, and it's been a learning experience every step of the way. We envision this being the first of a series of books on the subject.
So far we've been getting our ideas organized and down on paper, and doing some research on the competition - books of the same subject currently on the market.
We'd also like to find an agent to pitch all this to.

So far, the most challenging thing is to keep on task and not go off on every tangent we see.

triceretops
03-16-2006, 08:55 AM
Sounds good Mischa. Lot's of agents looking for How-Tos. Good subject matter too. As soon as you have a draft up let me know.

Tri

chicagogal
03-17-2006, 10:22 AM
my biggest problem is finding an agent who sees my two Hollywood oriented book projects for their sales potential.ALSO, if the duo working on a children's party book are interested I have a chapter that I will happily send to them based on a potential book I was going to submit years ago. I just got lazy. it's based on a pajama party (oops old fashioned, must update title ) . no strings. just would like to see this published in the right venue. ask and ye shall receive. a tiny credit line would be appreciated. NO MONEY WANTED.

mischa
03-17-2006, 06:10 PM
Triceratops,

Thanks so much for the encouraging words about our birthday party book. I'd be happy to forward to you our proposal including sample chapters once it's ready. Do you have an agent in mind, or would you like to give it your constructive criticism before we send it out?

chicagogal,

Sure, we'd be happy to look at your chapter; it may not fit in with our first book, since it's all hands-on activities, but we have plans for future books involving other birthday party themes and we may be able to use it. Feel free to email it to me. We would love to give you credit for it.

triceretops
03-18-2006, 07:02 AM
Mischa, I PM'm you.

Tri

mischa
03-18-2006, 07:22 AM
Mischa, I PM'm you.

Tri

Please forgive my naivete, but just what do you mean by "PM"? Is that anything like "BS'n" me? <snicker> Be gentle for I am a newbie here (and love it so far!).

Mischa

triceretops
03-18-2006, 07:39 AM
Oh, hi. Please forgive me. I meant that I sent you a reputation point note about what you asked for. You can reach the rep point board by going to your private home board. And PM means Private Message, and in this case, I did not send you a private message. My bad, please forgive the foul-up.

Tri

mischa
03-18-2006, 06:51 PM
Tri,

Thanks for clearing that up! And thanks for the tip, I'll check it out and let you know how it goes. I never knew I had my own message board!
Have a great weekend!

Mischa

ipraiseu
03-20-2006, 01:16 AM
Ikan Ukan Succeed

One of my books is a self help book. It's different in that the main character travels through the bible. A visit to the future is made . This proved to be very hard. My challenge was to have the reader feel and live what I wrote. d

asorum
04-30-2006, 05:03 AM
I finished a proposal for for clean/green boating and submitted it the several publishers. It's been shot down all most as many times. I have one publisher taking a longer look at it.

Started working on a set of strange stories from the harbor. Focused on the wild things people do sometimes...

Ashleen
05-04-2006, 04:21 AM
Since I last checked in about what I'm working on, the book about ritual for children has been gently turned down by the publisher we queried. My co-author and I are not terribly disappointed, as things have come up for both of us that make taking a break from this book a Good Thing right now -- and we've decided that when we can get back to it, we'll expand its scope and make it an even more valuable contribution to Neo-Pagan/New Age literature.

Blessings,
Ashleen

Chesher Cat
05-05-2006, 04:45 AM
My book is EVERYBODY I SHOT IS DEAD. I think I'm creating a hybrid in non-fiction - I'm calling it "photomoir" from photography/memoir. I was a rock'n'roll photographer in the mid-seventies and the book will consist of my previously unpublished photos of the musicians who have passed as well as my personal stories.

I'm having a lot of fun working on the book, especially since I started a blog to chronicle the 'making of' - it's a great way of getting feedback and support, also for getting the word out there before I look at publishing options.

KellyC
05-05-2006, 05:56 AM
Talking to a publisher about an inspirational anthology. Also in the midst of submitting a picture book manuscript.

Sury
05-05-2006, 07:51 AM
My debut book, Making Out in America (http://bghosh.cavernreal.com/books.html) is an outsider's account of her encounter with American slang and colloquialisms. This anecdotal account has been narrated in the first person.

The book is in production at present.

Sury

Spice Islands
05-13-2006, 04:28 AM
My first finished book is about living and working in Bangladesh. A summary can be found http://www.the-spiceislands.com/bangladesh/expats.htm here

When I get an opportunity I send it out to agents but still looking for a deal.

Bamponang
05-15-2006, 11:15 AM
The non-fiction book I'm working on falls under the self-help category. Protecting children from cellphone porn and related threats.

In first world countries, many parents worry about their children gaining access to pornography through the Internet. However, in third world countries Internet penetration levels are relatively low, while cellphone penetration levels are relatively high. For example, in SA, more than half the population have cellphones, texting and the porn industry is taking advantage of oportunities to market their services. So you find that a subscription to get 5 hardcore porn pictures is R5.00 per week ( less than a $1); that's less than the cost of a loaf of bread. How many 14-17 year olds boys can't afford that?

The code of conduct for mobile providers was only signed last year, and parents are still not sure where to complain and what they can do to protect their children. Also, a lot of government and non-profit institutions are talking about education campaigns for the public. So I thought the book would be timely.

Easy for me to research too, because I write about telecoms sector for my day job and messaging is a sub-sector of that, so I already have access to interview subjects and some of the research material. The idea came about because ocassionally angry parents write to me to complain, especially if they went through the legal complaints process and the offending company was fined, but they still don't have closure. They hope I'll write about the offending company, so they can get a measure of revenge.

bauthentic
07-13-2006, 05:59 PM
I am working on a survival guide for children who have experienced child abuse or domestic violence at home. I think I'd like this to be a self-help book for adolescents. I've written an introduction and an outline of key topics I'd like to cover and I've begun writing about some of them. This is my first nonfiction book.

I am passionate about writing this because I grew up in a home with domestic violence, so I am sensitive to the issues these children face, including the difficulty of coping with something you are not free to discuss outside of the family.

My educational background is in psychology and clinical psychology. I am not a licensed therapist, but I understand how these experiences affected me as a child and shaped who I've become as an adult. I know that abuse isn't something you can "forget" or "get over," like some childhood illnesses.

I've volunteered at a domestic violence shelter and a counseling center that runs domestic violence groups for children. My book idea was inspired by my volunteer work.

I alternate between feeling overwhelmed and deeply inspired to pursue this project. Some of the obstacles I continue to struggle with because of the abuse make it hard for me to believe in myself. But I believe that writing this book is one of the most important things I can do with my life.

I like what I've written so far, but I feel a need to connect with others who care as much about these issues as I do, including writers who have more savvy and knowledge than I do.

I thank you for reading this and welcome any suggestions you might have for me.

M.J.

triceretops
07-14-2006, 03:15 AM
M.J. Sounds like you have a very worthwhile project going there. You certainly have the platform for it, so include that in your proposal, indicating your audience and specific areas.

Great Book.

Tri

bauthentic
07-20-2006, 07:44 AM
Dear Tri,

Thank you for the words of encouragement. How is your project on giant ice age mammals going?

M.J.

triceretops
07-20-2006, 08:00 AM
M.J. Thanks. The ice age book, which was touted to be the second largest discovery of giant mega fauna in the Western U.S. was written a year and a half ago. The response was overwhelming, and all the agents and editors told me that I had a best seller on my hands. Only one problem--I did not have the sufficient background (credentials/platform) to pull it off. They all suggested that it be written by the actual paleontologists, who were on the dig, and that the style be more in the narative vein.

Well, the original scientists thought that my requests for interviews were spam, or that I was misrepresenting myself. So, it did not go any further than that. Which is a shame, since I'm a good science writer, and I was a newspaper reporter. I still have the project on the backburner, and my agent will eventually circle the wagons in an attempt to help me procure professional advice. That's why I'm saying platform is just about everything in non-fiction, especially where a core science is involved.

Tri

Cyjon
07-20-2006, 08:16 AM
I just realized my post was lost in the Great Purge.

I have a niece who was born with hydrocephalus, and caring for her is a large part of my motivation to pursue freelance writing. There are very few books on the subject that aren't aimed at neurosurgeons and medical students (one book aimed at adults, one for kids, and a couple of autobiographies such as the recent "Secret Girl"). So a group of us are working on a book on hydrocephalus.

chicagogal
07-23-2006, 05:51 AM
Putting together the balance of my memoir dealing with the realities of a spouse in a nursing home; Hollywoord theme book; biography of a television series.

Penguin Queen
07-23-2006, 06:32 AM
I just realized my post was lost in the Great Purge.


So was mine. Meh.
So then, I'm working on a book of travel writing about Patagonia (Argentina); more precisely, about the Welsh settlement in Patagonia & my experiences of travelling in the area.
A small town in the pampas, and half the population is called Jones, or Roberts, or Williams, or Lloyd. And there are six tea shops. And a penguin colony nearby. And wild guanacos (a type of llama) on the steppe.
Wonderfully bizarre.
The Welsh emigrated there in the 19th C to found an independent colony where Welsh would be the official language; it was banned in the UK at the time. Welsh is still spoken in Patagonia to this day.

I meant to have written the book over the past four-five months whilst actually living in Argentina. Ive got about half done and three weeks left. Eeeek!! But it's all in my head, so I guess if I really concentrate and do my 2000 words a day, I will be able to take a finished first draft home.

Fingers crossed.


@Cyjon, your project sounds good. I used to have a day job in a further education college assisting a student with hydrocephalos, it woudl have been good to have something accessible to read about the condition. Good luck with the writing. :)

perky_ms_d
07-25-2006, 04:53 AM
Re: what's your book subject?

I have longed to write something about lesbianism here in the Philippines since it is one subject that most people here have not accepted. I wish i could write something which will make them understand the subject better and will not condemn these people.

perky_ms_d
07-25-2006, 04:54 AM
But the problem is, there is not enough books or reference material which i can based from. anybody who can help?

Penguin Queen
08-01-2006, 05:40 AM
But the problem is, there is not enough books or reference material which i can based from. anybody who can help?

Off the top of my head, there is a book called "Amazon to Zwami" about lesbians & lesbian cultures around the world, there might be something in that.
Other than that, I think the best thing is to talk t actual lesbians about their experiences, their lives etc. Some of them will know stuff about history, about local culture etc....
Of you're a lesbian yourself it obviously helps you get inot "the right circles"; you could try online lesbian messageboards, even in the ones in the US or U there will be members from everywhere, including the Phillipines, that might be a start.
You could also try the LGBT branch of Amnesty International, they'll probbaly have stuff & info.

No offence meant, but.... if you're straight yourself though (I'm going by your sentence in your previuos post ...not condemn these people. --it sounds like you're referring to a group you odn't yourself belong to; I may be wrong :) ) --so, if you are straight, it might be a good idea to get at least a lesbian co-author.... I personally find, even well-meaning, books about a group of popele (foe example, dykes) written by someone not of that group (ie. a straight person) easily run a risk of being.... dunno, like old-fashioned anthropology books. Oh, heck, I can't put it into proper words, but I personally woudl rather not have a straight person write about me.
That sounds insulting & I'm sorry. But there it is.

perky_ms_d
08-04-2006, 09:15 AM
thanks Penguin Queen, your inputs will help a lot...i've started my interviews with some lesbian friends...thank you

SherryTex
08-04-2006, 10:43 PM
My book is written and I'm in the shopping for an agent part of the project.

It is called "The Potty Wars" and is a piece designed to take the stress off of the first major battle that parents experience.

My husband and I have seven children are currently aged 13, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2 and 7 months, and we have three boys and four girls. As such, I consider myself an expert on parenting, or at least on babies and toddlers, as I have changed diapers without a break since 1993.

The epic struggle to get them into childhood toilet-trained was the inspiration for this piece. Writing it was a means of coping with my offspring’s’ strong willed reactions to being told what to do; it was also cheaper and healthier I suspect than therapy.

K1P1
08-07-2006, 06:16 AM
I'm about to sign a contract to write a knitting book. It will be a reference book on dealing with a particular aspect of knitting, but I can't tell you exactly what. If I do, my publisher will have to kill you... :D

Writer/Observer
09-21-2006, 02:51 AM
mine is a bio but I believe it could also qualify as historical and military. It concerns my father and his experiences in WW2.

nighttimer
10-06-2006, 07:22 PM
WHAT KIND OF NON-FICTION BOOK DO YOU HAVE IN THE WORKS? WHAT CATEGORY?

WHAT'S THE MOST DIFFICULT ASPECT OF RESEARCH FOR YOUR BOOK?

Based upon an article I wrote four years ago, my book is about Internet Prostitution and the subculture that has developed around the business of selling sex in cyberspace. It will probably be a narrative non-fiction work. I have been researching the subject for three years and I have hours of interviews recorded with sexworkers about their jobs, the men that seek them out and their lives.

The most difficult aspect of research for my book has been meeting with gorgeous women in hotel lobbies, restaurants and in dark bedrooms. It's not always easy remembering your questions when the interview subject is dressed in black lace underthings.

:D

Odile
10-09-2006, 07:44 PM
I'm writing a non-fiction book about thinking. I combine old news and come up with simple understandable outcome.
I also signal some problems and give some solutions. Also I make connections.
The book is for a mixed group of adults, parents, teachers, managers, artists, ... People who are linked by something. That something is what I write about. I'll tell more when I'll be published or when I'll be rejected more than 10 times...

Odile

EasleyEd
10-09-2006, 07:49 PM
Is this where I report the I'm the father of Anna Nicole Smith's baby?

--E.D. Easley

country-writer
10-09-2006, 07:50 PM
I just finished my book proposal to be presented next month. Don't even ask me how long it took to write it. The focus kept changing in the process. The book will allow anyone to be able to successfully trap and socialize stray and feral cats in the United States. Our feral cats are much different from say Turkey, or Israel. For me, feral is over-used. Most of these cats are strays or neglected cats not true ferals. It is about understanding them, reading their behavior and reaching a bond with them.

blazesally
10-18-2006, 02:44 AM
I completed a book on handicapping at the racetrack ... from a woman's point of view. I'm one of the few published women handicappers in the country, and so thought I would put together some of my tricks of the trade. I've been giving out selections and best bets for nearly 10 years now ... and writing this book was easier than I thought. Now I just have to figure out whether I should try and find a publisher, since there isn't such a big interest in horse racing anymore, or self-publish it. The only thing I haven't decided on is a title - I was thinking along the lines of "Bet With The Broad," or "Lady's Secrets."

Blazesally :)

askeladd
11-14-2006, 10:11 AM
I'm currently working on a vocabulary exercise book for high school students preparing for the SAT. I know that there are already a lot of books along those lines, but mine stands out in that in addition to copious exercises, I've incorporated a systematic review of the vocabulary, based upon long-term memory research. The book has grown out of materials I've prepared for my tutoring students.

The hardest part has been coming up with realistic sentences using all these $64 words :) .

jamiehall
11-22-2006, 04:50 AM
My current books are, for lack of a better term, about werewolves (though both of them are actually about a wide variety of shapeshifters, a subject that happens to include werewolves). See my book for adult readers (http://www.jh-author.com/halfhuman.htm) and my YA book (http://www.jh-author.com/they.htm).

Most of the books I have planned for the future are about folklore of various kinds, though one is about Forteanism (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Fort).

Leah J. Utas
12-19-2006, 04:04 AM
I write spiritual self-help books about the uses of hypnosis, meditation, and general altered state work. This can include including chanelling and healing methods such as Therapeutic Touch.

tombookpub
01-02-2007, 07:02 AM
I am writing a creative non-fiction sports book for an increasingly popular sport for which only a dozen books have been written (most all are instructional in nature). So, I believe a true niche exists.

Noddy Rider
01-02-2007, 09:24 AM
I completed a book on handicapping at the racetrack ... from a woman's point of view. I'm one of the few published women handicappers in the country, and so thought I would put together some of my tricks of the trade. I've been giving out selections and best bets for nearly 10 years now ... and writing this book was easier than I thought. Now I just have to figure out whether I should try and find a publisher, since there isn't such a big interest in horse racing anymore, or self-publish it. The only thing I haven't decided on is a title - I was thinking along the lines of "Bet With The Broad," or "Lady's Secrets."

Blazesally :)

Blazesally,

In my search for an agent, I found one who has written and sold a number of books on poker -- Sheree Bykofsky at http://users.rcn.com/sheree.interport/. Poker is different from horse racing, but maybe she'd be interested in another woman's project in the gambling family. Good luck!

Noddy

Noumea
01-10-2007, 04:30 PM
I'm working on the translation of a domestic violence memoir.
The book was originally published in French and the author (victim) would like to launch it on the English market this year.

It basically tells the story of the living hell she suffered at the hands of her step-father for over 21 years (from the age of 7 until her escape at 28). It also gives a good insight into what goes on inside the victim's mind and offers hope for other victims.

Do any of you happen to know any editors or agents who might be interested in this sort of book?

Meerkat
01-10-2007, 06:44 PM
I'm writing the third small volume of a series on Buddhism/New Age concepts. Now if I could just sell those first two volumes...

Del
01-10-2007, 07:17 PM
Mine is lost love, New Age and dead people.

My next is world destruction and gardening.

akaSylvia
01-10-2007, 09:14 PM
Wow, some really intriguing subjects in here. I feel a bit over-awed. :)

My book is travel/memoir. Flying to each of the British Isles. It's slow going though, I'd completely underestimated the amount of time and research needed for each section. I'm in a bit of a panic because at my current rate of work it's going to take 6 years to complete a first draft. :/

Del
01-11-2007, 12:51 AM
I'm in a bit of a panic because at my current rate of work it's going to take 6 years to complete a first draft. :/

I'm working on seven years now. I changed a few things yesterday in response to beta reader's input. I think it is done now. :)

I wouldn't worry about how long it takes unless you are trying to beat the bill collector to the bank. Write it how it best flows and you will deliver your best work.

Dantes
01-18-2007, 07:33 PM
Halfway through a narrative nonfiction project about a modern-day prophet. They exist all around us. This one I stumbled across in 2000 when reporting on human trafficking in Thailand. He's a selfless and curmudgeonly priest living in the squatter slums, and performs miracles, i.e. has erected an empire of charity. Agent has submitted project to ten pubs and so far, three rejects, one interest with major rewrites (e.g. from first person to third), six pending.

Most difficult aspect is the research. The subject is cooperating but lives nine thousand miles away from my DC home. To flesh out the narrative I have to travel. It's not something done correctly by phone. ... and so it goes.

MarkButler
02-02-2007, 11:37 PM
Wow, some really intriguing subjects in here. I feel a bit over-awed. :)

My book is travel/memoir. Flying to each of the British Isles. It's slow going though, I'd completely underestimated the amount of time and research needed for each section. I'm in a bit of a panic because at my current rate of work it's going to take 6 years to complete a first draft. :/

Hi Sylvia! I too am writing a travel/memoir, about motorcycling across the US. Told from a total newbies point of view (i.e. whats the difference between a "touring" and "cruising" motorcycle) because thats what I was. 2 years in progress now (took the trip in 2004)

I would think a memoir would not need that much research, unless you are adding in a lot of facts in addition to the memoir part.

Tricksie-ish
02-13-2007, 02:30 AM
Mine is the story of a respite center for the medically underserved/homeless. Just now interviewing the residents and volunteers.

jwuollife
02-25-2007, 10:53 PM
I'm currently planning a book for children about the paranormal, followed by one about Alternative Therapies. Both subjects are such a part of everyday life nowerdays, but I have not been able to find many books directed at children that are not in the 'Fairies at the bottom of the Garden' genre. Most non-fiction works, are for adults about children.

Fortunately, I've worked in the 'New Age' arena for several years so most of my research has been done, just need to put it all together.
:2angel:

acousticgroupie
02-26-2007, 01:10 AM
my book is just about to be released:) it's creatively self-employed...see the link below:)

Citizen Rob
02-27-2007, 06:06 AM
My book is a memoir about raising a little girl who has a very rare neurological disorder that leaves her unable to speak. Well, that and being sort of a dumbass father who had to get it together in a hurry.

AtomRush
03-10-2007, 09:24 PM
Historical for me. I find the hardest part is perspective. For example I would love to write a story about Adam Smith but ultimately it would be too dry. One thing I really enjoyed about The Beautiful Mind (movie) is that it was more about John Nash's perspective than his life.

I feel the recent movie Crash is also quite historical in that it shows the character's reaction to tolerance. I often cringe when I hear this word (tolerance) in modern society because the only true path to equality is through respect. Crash shows that theme quite well.

Recently, movies like Son of Sam, Bobby and Chapter 27 (about Lennon's assassin) focus more on the effect of individual character's reaction to the historical events. I think celebrity movies can be effective if you remain honest to their work and their life. Walk the Line and Ray come to mind.

Franz
03-17-2007, 09:01 PM
My book is about the Cold War. Particularly about the North Atlantic extension to the DEW line. The DEW line was a line of radar sites, as well as Niki Missile sites, across northern USA and Canada. They were installed coast to coast. Their purpose was to detect Soviet bombers that might be launching an attack on the USA from the north , (over the north pole). The DEW line extension ran from Newfoundland east to the Azores and was patroled by the Navy. There were four destroyers equipped with radar gear, and strung out about 250 miles apart in a line. The Navy flew patrol aircraft around the clock in a track around the ships. It was about a 13 hour flight round trip. There were four planes in the air 24/7 for over two years. On Feb.28, 1958 one of those planes disappeared without any warning, and no trace was ever found. Twenty two crew members were lost. My uncle was the radio man on that flight. The planes were Lockheed Super Constallations and were called Willie Victors (WV-2), and they were also equipped with radar gear. As well as trying to detect Soviet bombers, they were also looking for Soviet subs, ala "Red October."

Timinator
04-06-2007, 01:56 AM
My most recent book is "FileMaker Pro Design & Scripting for Dummies". It was quite an interesting experience. Not only did I get to write about a technical subject but I got to add some humor along the way.

mum23
05-08-2007, 02:29 PM
Hi everyone i'm a newbie. There are hopefully going to be some fascinating topics to soon be on the shelves. What interesting topics. I am currently writing a non-fiction piece 'For the love of Hannah.' It is a true and very personal book about life trying to blend families together after seperation and divorce. It shows how a child can become caught in the crossfire of feuding parents or one parent needing to dominate and control the other by using a child. The first work is finished but I have been told it reads like a social services report! Anyway there are personal letters and diary entries added which portray actual feelings. It has taken 3 years to put the information on paper, now I am trying to adapt it to allow my reader to feel my experiences. Easier said than done.

Sophia2
06-25-2007, 05:32 PM
Current project provides the biblical evidence to prove that Jesus did not support religion, in fact he was very much against it. I have made some amazing additional discoveries that I was not anticipating. Going back to the original Hebrew, Greek and Sanscrit roots is a great adventure, if you like detective work.

So time to get on with it.

Later

Sophia2

HourglassMemory
06-25-2007, 08:10 PM
Current project provides the biblical evidence to prove that Jesus did not support religion, in fact he was very much against it. I have made some amazing additional discoveries that I was not anticipating. Going back to the original Hebrew, Greek and Sanscrit roots is a great adventure, if you like detective work.

So time to get on with it.

Later

Sophia2


Are you serious????
I would so buy that book.
Muahahhaha

Sophia2
06-26-2007, 03:33 AM
Yes I am very serious indeed Hourglassmemory the orthodox have a few shocks coming. Sadly, most biblical scholars look at spiritual texts with literal and material eyes and to truly understand spiritual texts one has to have the ability to see through a spiritual magnifying glass that is lit up by your own light within. This book has the potential to out sell Dan Brown with the right publisher and marketing strategy.

As Jesus said to the Apostles did you not know that I was not talking about bread? In other words he was not talking about a literal reality but a spiritual metaphysical reality. When he told people to trample on their garments he was talking about religious pride. Does that remind you of a religion that is creating major issues at the moment?

Sophia2

Farsight
06-26-2007, 04:04 PM
My book explains How the Universe Works.

yesandno
06-26-2007, 07:32 PM
ARGH! I just discovered that a Pulitzer Prize winning author just released a book in May that is exactly what I intended to do with my non-fiction project. The reviews are mixed, should I continue or abandon the idea?

Prevostprincess
06-29-2007, 03:06 AM
yesandno,

I think if the book didn't do well and yours is "exactly" the same (and assuming you're also not a Pulizer winner) it's going to be a hard sell.

If it DID do well and yours is "exactly" the same (and assuming you're also not a Pulizer winner) it's going to be a hard sell.

Is there a way you can make it different enough?

Of course, if you have a fabulous platform, none of the above applies.

jordijoy
06-29-2007, 03:22 AM
I'm working on a fantasy novel--my first. It examines what reality really is. See, I think (real) is whatever the masses of any given society deems it is. For instance if tomorrow you got up and there was a special bulletin on tv saying that there had been a scientific break through and scientist had discovered that every sixth leap-year at 12.00am exactly the planet earth spun in reverse for exactly 24hours and we lived the previous day over(better known as dej vu) that would become your new reality.

PrettySpecialGal
06-29-2007, 09:40 AM
Free attractions in the Lone Star State

(see avatar picture--great pic, eh? Hubby took it)

Prevostprincess
07-08-2007, 09:20 PM
I think I get my avatar pictured with my next post, YAY! (I wonder if I'm the only one with a bus?)

My book is a "quirky, funny, travel memoir" (my editor's quote) about how my husband and I (both shrinks) chucked it all to travel around the country in a converted bus for a year. (It's in the same imprint as Bill Bryson's books, Under the Tuscan Sun, Sex Lives of Cannibals, to give an idea of the tone.)

I should be finished in 2 months. I'm hoping that in addition to funny, it's also inspirational/transformational as the trip truly did change our lives. (I was a Princess from the Island of Long who had to learn to be less materialistic, in spite of that never being one of my life's goals while my Type-A husband had to figure out what to do with himself.) We had a lot of disasters along the way (fire, flood, armed robbery and finding ourselves in a nudist RV park, to name a few) which couldn't help but get us to look at things a little differently.

Here's how it starts:

When Tim first announced he wanted to travel around the country in a converted bus for a year, I gave this profound and potentially life-altering notion all the thoughtful consideration it deserved.

“Why can’t you be like a normal husband in a mid-life crisis and have an affair or buy a Corvette?” I demanded, adding, “I will never, ever, EVER, not in a million years, live on a bus!”


Sorry for the long post. I'm having a blast writing it and remembering all the fun we had and just wanted to share. My last memoir was very serious (I had been stalked for years by a former patient) and compared to that, this is such a joy to write. It's also quite a different experience writing a memoir completely from memory vs. writing one knowing at the time that I would be, so taking copious notes (including jotting down dialogue and blogging) while on the road.

Best of luck to everyone. Such interesting topics, here!

stamperdad
08-01-2007, 04:47 PM
I have many ideas for nonfiction articles and also a book project on the go. Research to me is enjoyable although at times frustrating, makes it very satisfying though when you find the info you are looking for.

My genre is nonfiction, history with emphasis on American and Canadian history. To see some of my ideas check out my blog.

Kathleen F.
08-09-2007, 02:09 AM
WHAT KIND OF NON-FICTION BOOK DO YOU HAVE IN THE WORKS? WHAT CATEGORY?2. How-to
6. Academic/science (blog)
8. Other: Manufacturing, engineering, product development


WHAT'S THE MOST DIFFICULT ASPECT OF RESEARCH FOR YOUR BOOK? I have one book in print. It has been very successful considering the average writer's income (meaning, I make a better than average living but not wealthy by any means). There's nothing to draw upon. Everything's been largely empirical. Drawing upon the sum of one's experience is useful but it'd be more useful to have existing works against which, one could buttress arguments or provide additional explanations.

I have another tentative project that's worse, historical empiricism that relies on disposable goods which are not saved by their owners. That sounds nebulous. I want to write a history of the sizing of manufactured apparel, not specialty or couture gowns. Riveting topic, I know. Just destined to fly off the shelves so don't steal my idea guys! Lmao

RMKeefe
09-03-2007, 02:31 AM
WHAT KIND OF NON-FICTION BOOK DO YOU HAVE IN THE WORKS? WHAT CATEGORY?

I'm fascinated by historic True Crime, and have written two books that examine the careers of Chicago gang leaders Dean O'Banion and Bugs Moran. My third one is about Big Jack Zelig, who ruled the underworld of New York's Lower East Side until his murder in October 1912. It's due for a February 2008 release through Cumberland House Publishing.


WHAT'S THE MOST DIFFICULT ASPECT OF RESEARCH FOR YOUR BOOK?

Finding personal anecdotes that give the story an intimacy that can't be garnered from microfilmed newspapers and official documents like court records and prison files. The Jack Zelig manuscript was initially very difficult in this respect, because at the time I began to research his life (2003) he had been dead for ninety-one years, so there went all chances of interviewing people who knew him. I did manage to track down and interview a 98 year old man who, as a six year old boy, was an eyewitness to Zelig's murder, so I was able to capture my subject's final moments with some accuracy. I also located his descendants, who were very generous with their family stories and memorabilia, otherwise I'd have had another 'difficult aspect' to complain about- hostile relatives!

melaniehoo
09-14-2007, 01:47 AM
I'm writing a memoir about my experiences living in Mexico while my husband & I await his visa. We moved here at the beginning of 2007 and I have to keep a journal for the immigration process, which has since turned into a book. The tentative title is Caught: An American's Tale of Illegal Immigration.

I'm a first time writer but I think the timing is good for this kind of story. I'm aiming for a humorous tone (like the year long bus adventure) and highlight a lot of culture-shock type stories, but I also explore the importance of family, love and all that jazz. My husband's mother died from cancer right after we moved here, and I'm dealing with my own cancer scare now, so there are some serious aspects as well.

Beyond details about the immigration debate, I have very little actual research to do. My biggest challenge is my story doesn't have an ending - we're not scheduled to meet with immigration for 8-12 months!

wordsmith
09-27-2007, 10:53 AM
Thought that I would start something off here:

WHAT KIND OF NON-FICTION BOOK DO YOU HAVE IN THE WORKS? WHAT CATEGORY?
1. Self-help.
2. How-to
3. Historical
4. True Crime
5 Inspirational
6. Academic/science
7. Biography (celebrity)
8. Other

I have two WIPs right now. One I guess could be categorized as half How-to and half reference. It's a guide on everyday writing for the non-professional writer. The second, is historical and is on breastfeeding imagery from antiquity to the present and is framed in the social-historical contexts of the various periods represented.


WHAT'S THE MOST DIFFICULT ASPECT OF RESEARCH FOR YOUR BOOK?
Triceratops
The first book isn't to hard in terms of research. The second, one of the most-difficult aspects is gathering and pruning the images that I'm using and the other part is deciding what not to include...for instance in the part about modern issues, there are certain debates that I could include along with the wealth of imagery on them, but I had to stop myself. At some point, I had to ask myself, "how crucial is this info, as interesting as it may be, to the overall topic, or isn't merely tangental?"

talkwrite
09-28-2007, 01:05 AM
[quote=triceretops;80178]Thought that I would start something off here:

WHAT KIND OF NON-FICTION BOOK DO YOU HAVE IN THE WORKS? WHAT CATEGORY?

6. Academic/science
I am the series acquisitions editor for a series of texts that instruct foreign language interpreters - spoken and sign. The publisher is a traditional, long standing house located in the U.K. - very respectful of authors and reputable.
http://www.multilingual-matters.com/multi/series/series_pirw.asp
Yes I am looking for more authors and I already have one AW member who is submitting a proposal. There are three other books in the series now. Medical, journalists or legal professionals especially.

The most difficult part of research is to ensure that your data encompasses standards and procedures for the profession throughout the U.S. or Europe. Especially for courtroom (legal) or medical settings. The publisher wants a text that is attractive to a broad market and I want a book that offers productive information to the reader.

dlkrjk
10-08-2007, 07:11 AM
Hello all, this is my fist post as a newbie. I have been Query-ing agents. Most of them email back saying my work isn't the type of work they take on, when obviously they listed memoir (which mine is) on the list if genres. So my question is, does anyone know of an agent willing to take a chance on controversial, news making, true story? I need a cutting edge agent (IMO), one that is bold and wants to be challenged LOL. Thanks for any help you can be.

DK

melaniehoo
10-08-2007, 09:09 PM
Hello all, this is my fist post as a newbie. I have been Query-ing agents. Most of them email back saying my work isn't the type of work they take on, when obviously they listed memoir (which mine is) on the list if genres. So my question is, does anyone know of an agent willing to take a chance on controversial, news making, true story? I need a cutting edge agent (IMO), one that is bold and wants to be challenged LOL. Thanks for any help you can be.

DK

I'm too new myself to be able to offer advice, but I will say you might want to elaborate a bit so others here can help you. Controversial and news-making sounds like something agents would want, IMO, but if you're more specific someone can point you in the right direction. Good luck!

EJBorer
10-15-2007, 05:10 AM
Having difficulty researching is exactly my problem with my first WIP NF book. I don't know if it would be considered a memoir or informational or both, but I'm working on gathering material from my mother's stay in a tuberculosis sanitarium in the 60's. I want to include information about the disease and treatment and such, as well as a historical perspective of what it was like to have tuberculosis at that time. She lived in a hospital for 18 months during high school, and I have always been facinated by the pictures and stories and wanted to share it. The problem is that having TB isn't as serious now and patients don't need to be quarantined for as long so the special hospitals don't exist anymore. Going on what I have been able to find online, researching this subject is going to take a lot of leg work!

Prevostprincess - I write about RV Travel over at Suite101 and your book sounds like a great read to me! I am very interested in reading about people's travel experiences in an RV. There are some very intriguing stories online, and your mention of a nudist RV Park sounds along those same lines! It definitely sounds like your enthusiasm for the subject will shine through in your book!

JonathanMaberry
10-15-2007, 06:53 PM
I just wrapped my 18th nonfic book, ZOMBIE CSU: The Forensics of the Living Dead. Yes, it's nonfic, but it's a specultion book. For the fun of it I asked a couple of hundred experts in forensics, medicine, law enforcement, the military, and the sciences to speculate on how they might react and respond if something like Night of the Living Dead actually happened. I was delighted that nearly every expert -ranging from local detectives to Noble-nominated scientists- were willing to play 'what if?' with the theme.

Though the premise is science fiction all of the info is based on hard science, established evidence collecting/processing techniques, and investigative procedures.

I also have interviews with stars of the zombie films and authors of some of the most significant novels of the genre.

Can't say I've ever done a stranger book project...or ever done one that was as much fun.

It'll be out in September '08 from Citadel Press.

relenat
01-26-2008, 12:21 AM
Book topic: I gave away everything I owned, quit my job, left my home and entered a monastery. Fourteen months later they kicked me out, leaving me with this question: How does a very ordinary, total klutz do what needs to be done in order to live a spiritually centered life.

The hardest parts of the research? 1) Going back to the monastery for the first time. 2) Dealing with not-entirely-processed emotions that come up as I write and following them down to their deep and gnarly childhood roots. Of course, the initial experience was quite painful at times, but also incredibly exhilarating and very, very worthwhile.

jwuollife
02-08-2008, 04:04 AM
After spending several years working in a paranormal/new age field I'm looking to write a book (possibly books) for children of varying ages about the paranormal. It's such a talked about area of life nowerdays...whether you believe in it or not. It's just getting the proposal and the planning down pat, research is no problem, I've lived the subject but like everyone else it's the getting started, and getting the right contacts that's the hard part.

Ian.Fraser
02-13-2008, 09:25 PM
Hi all..
My 'officially' published book, way back, dealt with growing up in South Africa, and my army experiences. Currently, I'm working on assembling various essays which deal with 'what happened next' - using the mode of firsthand stories to give views of being part of the anti-apartheid movement, warfare, secret police, and the chaos, while juggling a growing career as political comedian, then playwright and loudmouth of note..
A fairly traditional 'rags to b*tches' kind of story :P
Haven't approached any agents yet, am waiting till I have what I see as a sufficient quantity (around 12 -13 5-7000 words separate stories) of carefully worked through non-fiction essay/stories, which I'm content with.

ray-ray
03-09-2008, 01:48 PM
Ray Ray is the title of the book i'm writing about.Its my life growing up father less in a crime-filled, drughaven ghetto where female explotation is the norm. Can i get in trouble(legally) knick-names are used but a lot of crime in which i am involved is all throught out the book. any advice would be helpful

KellyC
04-06-2008, 10:02 PM
Empowering Youth: How to Encourage Young Leaders to Do Great Things

birdman
04-11-2008, 05:27 AM
A Marketing and Sales strategy book for small businesses in the early years.

Understanding Returns on Investments, building blocks for succesfull Ad campaigns and essential training to capitalize on floor trafic.

The book has a lot more stuff that encircles these ideas but all in all it is a straight forward guide.

RHQ
04-17-2008, 08:44 PM
My book is inspirational/how to. It's called Open Your Heart with Quilting and is part of the Open Your Heart series by Dreamtime Publishing.*

My book comes out in August 2008 and you can pre-order it on Amazon.com already. This is my first book, so I'm excited!

The most difficult part of researching my book was getting higher-profile quilters to respond. Some were great and e-mailed or called me back immediately. Others promised they would, but then didn't and I'm sad that I couldn't include them in the book

Kelly Smith
http://www.redheadedquilter.com

*Their other current titles are about reading, skiing, winter fitness, basketball, tennis, writing, bicycling, pets, art, gardening, geocaching, and martial arts.

Counselor
05-06-2008, 09:00 PM
Non-Violent parenting skills...How to enhance your personal growth as a parent in order to effectively parent.
It is a "tips" NF book only 32,000 word so far but concise...I am sure I will need to add to it,,,is there a realistic minimum words for this type of book? I keep reading 70,000 is normal for a NF book..since it is a how to is it possible that 45,000 will pass...targeting the barely literate to average reader by the way...advise anyone...I am writing my first proposal at the moment and a selling point might be easy/clear and non elaborate psychology sort of reading material....Am I rationalizing? Thanks for any suggestions and insights

wheelsmia
06-03-2008, 04:05 AM
memoir--hippy parents--weird cults... Hardest part? Telling them I am going to publish.

Brandi
06-10-2008, 03:21 AM
just got my acceptance today - :snoopy:

It's an advice book for liberal arts majors looking for careers.

escritora
06-10-2008, 03:26 AM
Brandi, congrats! Who's the publisher?

Jay Solomon
06-14-2008, 07:04 PM
South Park is one of the most amazing shows on television, and one of the most profound social commentaries America has. I have taken one aspect of the show - religion - and written a book all about South Park's treatment of religion, both individual religions, religious subjects (God, Satan, Jesus, Heaven, Hell, Cults, Atheism, etc.) and the show's treatment of and attitude towards religion generally. If you want to learn more about the book you can check out www.thezenofsouthpark.com (http://www.thezenofsouthpark.com)and go to the Table of Contents to see the exact chapters. I also blog about it at jaysolomon.wordpress.com. (http://jaysolomon.wordpress.com)

I've really enjoyed working on the project though I'm an editing perfectionist (who amongst us isn't?) and so I've been editing for a crazy long time at this point. The hardest part about the research was watching every episode and pausing every time something important was said to type it, especially when that meant bursts of little rewinding and watching over and over to make out specific words. I had a pretty good research system though, left over from my more academic research days, and so when it came time to write the thing all of my notes were quite ready to go.

Nonfiction is great and a lot of fun to write because of its visible structure, coherent point (oftentimes) and predictability, but I think my next project will be fiction, because I have some great ideas and am looking forward to the different challenges that fiction affords.

If you make it to the website, let me know if you have any recommendations. Thanks!

Jay

PatrickMoran2008
06-22-2008, 07:38 PM
I'm working on a book about a boxer who was undefeated (29-0) and on the verge of a world title shot, before getting injured in the ring (brain injury) during the final round of a victory got him suspended for nearly two year and in essence, ended his career and quest for a championship.

Hathor
07-09-2008, 06:00 PM
Ah, my first post -- undoubtedly, not my last.

I'm working on a book about my daughter's journey. At age 2, we were told she had "organic brain damage," would probably never talk, would be retarded, would have to live in a group home, etc. The best diagnosis was pervasive developmental delay, which is a disorder on the autism spectrum. As she received special education and assorted therapies, the autistic stuff faded away and she began catching up to her peers. Her labels changed over the years. By 7th grade, the progress stopped due to problems with the system and we switched to homeschooling.

Now she has one year left at Brown, is getting excellent grades, and has no trace of all those problems we were told through the years we should expect her to have for the rest of her life.

So, the book will be about labels and their shortcomings, maintaining the proper attitude, the pros and cons of the special education system, the weaknesses I saw in the regular curriculum, and how I homeschooled her from D's in 7th grade in public school to getting into Brown.

Sorry to go on and on. It is hard to explain the book in a sentence or two. I'm sure I will be posting again as I struggle to get a title that expresses what the book is about. The working title now is "Ignoring the Experts: How My 'Brain Damaged, Autistic, Retarded' Little Girl Ended Up With Ivy League Success"

JosephR
07-09-2008, 10:04 PM
Sounds like a great book, Hathor. From OBD to Brown. Amazing, and it's good to hear that all turned out well.

Hathor
07-09-2008, 10:54 PM
Sounds like a great book, Hathor. From OBD to Brown. Amazing, and it's good to hear that all turned out well.

Thanks for the encouragement! It is always nice to get any evidence that I'm not delusional :D I'm trying not to worry right now about whether there will be a market for my book or not.

About the so-called brain damage -- it was inferred from my daughter's perseverative behaviors. I always thought that without some trauma or physical test, it was questionable to assume that there was something permanently wrong. This well-paid expert insisted otherwise and everyone else we talked to deferred to her opinion. My daughter received some intensive therapy in a preschool autism program for a year and the behavior slowly faded away. We still had lots of other problems to deal with for years, but they got solved in turn because we kept working on them.

I've lost track of the doctor's name, or I would send her a copy of my book. I'm sure she still thinks she was correct.

brc23
08-06-2008, 06:10 AM
Great Book Idea! LOVE the title! Go get 'um!

Hathor
08-06-2008, 10:18 PM
Oh dear. I had been thinking about a different title. For some reason, the title is proving to be the most difficult part of the book! I have lost track of all the titles I've tried. My husband tells me I should stop obsessing about the title and just work on the book -- the title will come to me.

I'm not completely satisfied with the main title because I didn't ignore all experts, just those who didn't have clear and convincing evidence. I thought about "Ignoring the 'Experts' " but then I would have quotes around two parts of the full title, which seems excessive. Then I thought about switching to saying "developmentally delayed" [without quotes] because that was really all they really knew.

I've come up with other main titles too. Driving me nuts ... Now I'm toying with "Fight, Flight and Chocolate" with a subtitle of some sort. We fought the problems and the educators, we moved on to homeschooling, and chocolate ... well, that is a recurring theme. My daughter didn't respond until they started using M&M's as a reinforcer. Her first word was "more." She even discussed this use of chocolate in her college application essay, which I was going to have as a preface.

Maybe this is too cutesy, though. I'll probably come up with a score of other ideas by the time I finish.

Thanks for the vote of confidence!

brc23
08-06-2008, 10:42 PM
Well don't listen to ONE person's idea of what a good title is.

Your hubby's right...don't focus so much on the title, let the work be brilliant and your agent or publisher will help with the title.

I just liked it cause it's eye catching. But on a book jacket it may appear too long.

I am having the same trouble with my book title. I am just not worrying about it. I have 2 or 3 ways to go.

I have also seen books that come from good lines like "He's just not that into you"...it also helps create press. So I flip flop all the time too.

Thrillride
08-07-2008, 02:01 AM
Ah, my first post -- undoubtedly, not my last.

I'm working on a book about my daughter's journey. At age 2, we were told she had "organic brain damage," would probably never talk, would be retarded, would have to live in a group home, etc. The best diagnosis was pervasive developmental delay, which is a disorder on the autism spectrum. As she received special education and assorted therapies, the autistic stuff faded away and she began catching up to her peers. Her labels changed over the years. By 7th grade, the progress stopped due to problems with the system and we switched to homeschooling.

Now she has one year left at Brown, is getting excellent grades, and has no trace of all those problems we were told through the years we should expect her to have for the rest of her life.

So, the book will be about labels and their shortcomings, maintaining the proper attitude, the pros and cons of the special education system, the weaknesses I saw in the regular curriculum, and how I homeschooled her from D's in 7th grade in public school to getting into Brown.

Sorry to go on and on. It is hard to explain the book in a sentence or two. I'm sure I will be posting again as I struggle to get a title that expresses what the book is about. The working title now is "Ignoring the Experts: How My 'Brain Damaged, Autistic, Retarded' Little Girl Ended Up With Ivy League Success"

How about, "Labeled Girl Does Good" ? (Spin-off of "Local Girl Does Good")

Your book sounds wonderful and how exciting for you and your daughter!

Bluestone
08-07-2008, 02:34 AM
Oh dear. I had been thinking about a different title. For some reason, the title is proving to be the most difficult part of the book! I have lost track of all the titles I've tried. My husband tells me I should stop obsessing about the title and just work on the book -- the title will come to me.

I agree about the title. Just go with a working title until something else strikes you down the road, but no need to dwell on it now.

I do have one suggestion, however, and that's to include something of the subject matter in the title. It will make it easier for someone to Google or search on Amazon for help or inspiration on the subject and come up with your book. I thought the title OBD to Brown was very catchy until I Googled OBD and the first page of sites were for On Board Diagnostics!

Good luck with your book, and congratulations on the way you raised your daughter. She sounds very lucky to have you.

JasonA
08-19-2008, 08:55 PM
Operating as four to eight-man teams, they are the eyes, ears, and heavy firepower of the units they serve; their missions have been marked in history by close combat, extraordinary bravery, and unbelievable survival while directing and spotting lethal air strikes and deadly naval gunfire bombardment. The heroic exploits of the US Marine’s Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (ANGLICO) have never been revealed until now.

ANGLICO: Lightning from the Sky, Thunder from the Sea is a narrative nonfiction book I'm writing detailing the history and combat experiences of the men who served in these unpublicized elite teams. One of the US military’s most unique, yet misunderstood organizations, ANGLICO has been vital to the battlefield success of joint, allied, and coalition forces operating adjacent to US Marines since the end of World War II. This book will detail the astonishing history of ANGLICO, from its creation and baptism by fire during the Korean War to the current counterinsurgency missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. Historians, veterans, military buffs, and war enthusiasts alike will be amazed to discover that it was an ANGLICO team that saved portions of the US Army from annihilation during the famous Chosin Reservoir retreat; in Vietnam, they operated from spotter planes, conducted deep reconnaissance patrols, fought side by side with the Korean marines, Australian forces, and Vietnamese marines until finally withdrawing as the last combat unit to leave that war torn country; in Beirut, they directed 2,000-pound shells from the USS New Jersey onto militia positions overlooking the city; during the invasion of Grenada, while serving with the 82nd Airborne, they directed gunship attacks against communist forces; in the nineties, while working with Special Forces A-teams, they punished an advancing Iraqi armored unit with countless air strikes before almost being overrun during the infamous Battle of Khafji; in the War on Terror, they helped secure key objectives with the Royal Marine Commandos in March 2003, fought off the Mahdi militia in Najaf in 2004, and conducted counterinsurgency operations with US Army sniper teams and Navy SEALs in the insurgent hotbed of Ar Ramadi during 2005 and 2006. Over the years, ANGLICO teams, with their expertise in small team operations, close air support, and naval gunfire, have become some of the most efficient, deadly, yet unknown US Marine units.

I got a good response from Trident Media when I a query to one of their agents. They requested my proposal, which I sent, but thought that it was not for them. They liked my writing, the subject and the way I layed it out but thought the non fiction was tough right now. He did give some good suggestions as to the smaller military publishers.

siouxnyc
08-19-2008, 09:07 PM
i'm writing a book on mixed martial arts called "a year in the cage". booyah.

Shawn Stephens Moore
09-15-2008, 07:22 PM
I am writing a book about Domestic Violence in America, the book is a humorous look at modern day relationships with addicts, alcoholic, control freaks and abusers. It is increasingly difficult to find the humor as you can imagine. This project is designed to unmask the abusers, expose their outrageous behavior and help victims cope with their pain by visiting their isues from another view. It also contains facts about the laws in this Country regarding DV and how these laws evolved. It is quite possible with all the research and writing that I have become a bit paranoid. LOL Now every one is a suspect! Some of it is momoir and the other blends in the the diverse culture we live in and the way mixed culters, relgion and other factors lead into power struggles in the home. I need to seperate myself from the emotions of this project and write it not live it.

buttterflywilma
10-21-2008, 02:07 PM
I've written a book on selfpublishing.

buttterflywilma
10-21-2008, 02:09 PM
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doja
11-08-2008, 11:15 PM
I just finished a five-year project, Ordinary Heroes: Six Stars in the Window, the story of six brothers serving in World War II.

I've co-authored many best-selling college computer textbooks, but this is my first historical non-fiction book.

The project took much longer than I had anticipated, but it was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I met some fantastic people, many of them WWII veterans, and learned so much about that generation.

Ordinary Heroes: Six Stars in the Window is available in print and multi-media digital versions where "photos come to life as video." It is accompanied by a 28-minute documentary film.

To find out more--and to read the first 8 chapters in the free BookOnBrowser--vist our Web site: www.sixstarsinthewindow.com (http://www.sixstarsinthewindow.com).

sherry8661
11-13-2008, 01:57 AM
I just finished a memoir about growing up amidst child abuse and alcoholism. My next book is about my grandfather's years in WWII. He was a Marine in several battles.
I feel your pain. Trying write an account about someone else's life in comparison to my own is going to be beyond difficult. I also, have pages and pages of documentation and interviews I've done with him. He is now 84 and failing health so i feel even more pressure to get all his accounts on paper before I lose him! I may have to contact you for some insight.

sherry8661
11-13-2008, 02:01 AM
Shawn Stevens Moore...
I just finished a book about domestic violence, sexual and child abuse, drugs, alcoholism, pedophilia, gambling, sexual addictions and financial ineptness.
I grew up with every kind of abuse and surrounded by every kind of addict there is. If you want some first hand information or insight...let me know. My book is being published right now. It is called "White Coffin, Pink Roses" and documents my life long struggle with teenage suicidal tendencies.
Thanks,
Sherry

inkkognito
11-20-2008, 10:40 PM
My book is/will be (halfway done) about how to become a counselor. I originally pitched a book on how to choose a counselor, and the publisher didn't think there would be enough of a market. However, he was planning a "how to beome..." guide for an ongoing series so I got a contract to write it.

Billingsgate
11-21-2008, 09:22 AM
I'm writing a memoir-style account of building my own house in a rural village on an outlying island west of Hong Kong. Kind of a tragicomedy with a happy ending. Think of "A Year in Provence" crossed with Kafka's "The Trial" and any Three Stooges movie.

I wasn't going to write it, but when I start telling many of the trial and tribulation anecdotes at parties, people shut up and listen and unanimously advise me: "You should write a book". Then I started noticing that there seems to be a whole genre of books classified as I-ran-away-to-a-rural-landscape-in-another-country-and-renovated-an-old-farmhouse, but 100 percent of those take place in Provence, Tuscany, or western Spain, and every one of them involves olive oil, wine and charming villagers. There are hundreds of such memoirs. Mine involves lychees and not-so-charming local thugs. I figure two or three people on earth would ever buy such a book. Thus I'm writing it as a memoir for my kids.

I'm 30,000 words into it, probably another 60,000 to go.

jack scoltock
11-24-2008, 02:49 PM
My new book is called, The Meltin' Pot (From wreck to rescue to discovery).
In 1942 a B17 plane went down in Lough Foyle County Donegal Ireland. As it was sinking, a teenage girl and her sick mother sailed out into dangerous waters and rescued the American Airmen.
The book tells the story of the crew, six of the nine airmen were killed in action from three to six months after being rescued.
I was able to trace the Top turret gunner, Lee Kessler and the Captain William Curtis Melton. Curt who had cancer, came to Ireland in 2004 to thank the girl who rescued him. Elisabeth Ferguson OBE now 85 was delighted to see him after all those years.
There are 160 pages and over 100 photographs.
All the best from Ireland.
Jack

Gogoplata712
11-25-2008, 11:49 PM
i'm writing a book on mixed martial arts called "a year in the cage". booyah.


I would love to hear more about it and how its coming along.

Wayne K
12-08-2008, 07:19 PM
Actually, I was just reading about using color and light in abstract description, and your book sounds perfect for that Jeff.

psykeout
12-18-2008, 04:46 AM
My non-fiction novel, which is currently under construction, is about murders that have been committed in the name of love. I'm sticking with local murderers who have been put away for life, trying to arrange interviews with them and find out exactly what (besides love) motivated them.

Was it simply blind love? Is the answer that simple?

I'm hoping for cooperation from them, since they've all given up on appeals, I just need to get around to getting the interviews conducted and talk to the various officials involved.

Bfoster
12-20-2008, 06:36 PM
Hi,
I've just self published a book on self coaching called Deep Coaching: A Guide to Self Directed Living. The book sets out a structure for readers to coach themselves to get more of what they want out of their lives.

When me and my co-author were in the throes of writing it we did the usual tour of agents who didn't even bother to reply to our query letters. We have gotten some good reviews and people find it helpful so I think we hit the mark. I didn't know how difficult it would be to market a non-fiction book, and I coach writers! Now I know why writers are always plugging their books! Time for some shameless self promotion...
http://www.giantstepscoaching.com/DC%20Front%20Cover.jpg
http://giantstepscoaching.com/deepcoaching.htm

Kirsten I
01-04-2009, 07:15 AM
My book is a memoir set in Tripoli, Libya, in the 1950s, when I was an American girl living at a farm school for Libyan boys.

Lavinia's book sounds something like mine, since my book is based on not only my memories but also on letters written mostly by my father, who established and directed the farm school. He gave me the letters shortly before he died, and we discussed the book I would write, but I wasn't able to write it until much later. The letters do tell a story, but they leave some gaps and raise questions that only my father could answer. So that has been my biggest research problem.

DerekJager
01-08-2009, 02:16 AM
My book is "the true story of one of the most brutal cults of the 1970s" and Charles "Tex" Watson wrote the foreword.

"Tex was Charles Manson's right-hand man if the name sounds familiar.)

WFTW
01-29-2009, 03:09 AM
My book is about the 6 month road trip I'll be going on starting April 3rd for the Wheelers for the Wounded program.

The first part of the book (already written) focuses on how the program began, the purpose (goals) of the program, etc.

The second part (currently writing) covers the preparation needed before undertaking such a trip (such as research on dirt roads and scenic byways since I will not be taking any interstates, what items I'll take with me, where campsites are located since I'll be camping the whole time, where I can get free WiFi, locations I may want to visit such as National Forests, monuments, and other places of interest, etc...you get the idea).

The next part of the book (will be written as I travel) will be about the places I go (areas of interest in the U.S.), people I meet (wounded service members and what this program means to them), things I experience (funny stories about the adventure), etc. This will obviously be the main portion of the book.

I think the book will be marketable to those in the off-road community, military community, expedition community, as well as people who just want to read what sort of things happen when you take off in a Jeep to travel America for half a year.

semilargeintestine
01-29-2009, 03:23 AM
I am trying to decide whether to go through with it or not, but I was going to write a book about my birthright trip to Israel and the subsequent brainwashing they did to try and get me to cut out everything non-Jewish from my life, including my Catholic girlfriend of a year who was more than happy about my new-found Jewyness.

The most difficult part so far has been trying to decide whether or not to write it, because the story is actually quite interesting, even aside from the brainwashing. I'm just not sure if I want to alienate the friends I made on that trip, and I'm sure the brainwashing aspect would just further the belief that Jews are agents of the devil.

WFTW
01-29-2009, 03:40 AM
semilargeintestine...Muslims do the same thing. I just spent 14 months in Iraq. Every Muslim I met would eventually shift any topic towards religion and try to convert you. So, I don't think your book would give people any negative feelings toward Jewish people in particular...but maybe just those who are extremely religious in general (some Christian and Catholics are the same way).

semilargeintestine
01-29-2009, 03:48 AM
Ha, I had a feeling it happened to others, but I wasn't sure. I feel like it could be good because the experiences were so great, but I also feel like it could be the sort of thing nobody wants to read because it's just a guy talking about how awesome his trip to Israel was and how he almost didn't come home.

WFTW
01-29-2009, 04:14 AM
True, some may think of it as a guy who took a trip and an account of what a good time he had. But, if there's a hidden lesson in there...a revelation so-to-speak...then I think it would be worth the read.

Of course, I don't know what the lesson is...that's for you to discover on your own since the experience was yours. You might try asking yourself why you came home (since you say you almost didn't). Or, you may touch on how you were able to accept those you met as friends, yet not become entangled into their strict beliefs (and yet remain on their good side). The lesson is there somewhere...there's a lesson in everything we experience...sometimes you just have to look a little deeper.

If you can't find the lesson, start writing the book...maybe it will come to you during that process.

Best of luck!

semilargeintestine
01-29-2009, 08:15 AM
There were a few very intense revelations for me while I was over there. I've got some other stuff in front of me right now, so I'll probably put this on hold for a while.

mdholcomb
02-02-2009, 09:01 AM
Hi everyone. I'm new to this message board. I am writing a book on dreams. I am collecting dreams from people from all over, so if any of you would like to submit your dreams to possibly be in my book, that would be great! Here's some criteria for the book if you would like to submit a dream or dreams:

about 1 page long, more or less
can be about anything, as long as it doesn't involve anything pornographic
your cultural, economic, religious background (so i have a variety of people, no numbers needed)
age you had the dream

If you'd like to submit your dream, send it to mhdreambook@gmail.com

I feel this is a very important project, so any and all help is appreciated. Thanks!

WFTW
02-02-2009, 09:58 AM
That sounds like a really cool book you have going mdholcomb. My dreams are a bit odd, but a little personal and I'm not sure about sharing them. But, if I change my find, I'll let you know. :)

Sandyz
02-03-2009, 02:33 AM
Spiritual?

My story is about love…about loss…about life.

Rosa
02-17-2009, 07:48 AM
I keep you both in my thoughts.

I'm writing a book about my wife's battles with metastatic malignant melanoma, survival despite a prognosis of death in sixty days (eight years ago), and learning to live paralyzed from the chest down as a result of the cancer. Her life went from active, self-sufficient career woman, very suddenly, to a life spent entirely either in bed or in a wheelchair, unable to do the most basic things for herself, such as personal hygiene, etc., lacking even the ability to turn over in bed, yet able to enjoy some of her life despite all this and the ills that tend to befall someone so handicapped, such as chronic, debilitating pain, diabetes, breathing problems, etc., etc. The power of prayer is explored tangentially, but is not the main thrust. The main thrust is hope. There is always room for hope.

SusanH
03-24-2009, 01:59 AM
Mine is my memoir which my query is holding back. Many agents say, based on my query, my project is not right for them....sigh. Good luck to everyone and I'll think about the dream book too. My dreams are weird.....

BillTrain
03-26-2009, 05:30 AM
Just an outline so far...along the health & food lines. The research goes along with my studies, so I can kind of kill two birds with one stone. Cheers,
BT

Maricar
04-24-2009, 08:01 AM
My non-fiction is about blogging (I'm a professional blogger). I'm in the query stage for this.

I have about 1/3 of a middle grade novel about Santa's village.

rjdeac
05-08-2009, 12:55 AM
Here's a little about my book...

A Story Almost Told tells the true life adventure I lived for two years of my life. I know, I know everyone's life is an adventure. Does everyone's adventure include police on three continents? A Romanov princess? FBI & IRS stings? Rick James, Linda Grey and McFadden & Whitehead? Gov. Pat Brown and Dick Martin? How about being chased by the internal security forces of South Africa during the dying days of apartheid's emergency rules? Being arrested in New Orleans? You get to see the opulence of Monte Carlo and Beverly Hills contrasted with the horror of Soweto during apartheid and homelessness.

All of the above and more are woven into the tapestry of A Story Almost Told. Remember, truth is often stranger and more exciting than fiction.

Feel free to email about it....or you can buy it at www.jordisbooks.com (http://www.jordisbooks.com) ...
It's only $5....I'll buy you a beer if you don't like :)

pmadams
05-18-2009, 06:43 PM
My book is a collection of letters written by real people when asked this question: If you could write a letter to someone who has passed away, whether you knew them or not, and you were guaranteed that the person you were writing to could read every word, who would you write to and what would you say?
I have received many very inspiring letters and I am really excited about this project. I am still accepting letters if anyone here would be interested in contributing. You can visit my blog to learn a little more about "Letters To The Dead".
Thanks!

mariad
05-25-2009, 03:34 AM
So happy to find this forum! My book is about privacy, the new culture of social media open-ness amongst kids and surveillance.

JanH1961
06-01-2009, 02:00 AM
Mine is taking lessons from the Depression with events of today and showing ways to use technology of today to help our communities and homes. It's called "Getting By: Lessons From a Rural Past" - @ www.gettingbylessonsfromaruralpast.com

DoomieBey
06-01-2009, 03:01 AM
My book is a much needed reality check for prison returnees coming back to their communities.

JulieJames
06-19-2009, 04:46 AM
WHAT KIND OF NON-FICTION BOOK DO YOU HAVE IN THE WORKS? WHAT CATEGORY?
*1. Self-help.
*2. How-to
*5 Inspirational

WHAT'S THE MOST DIFFICULT ASPECT OF RESEARCH FOR YOUR BOOK?

Actually doing it. My book is going to be about my journey to lose weight, I've always been overweight and well I'm tired of it and now I have a trainer that's making excuses FOR me and not doing what he needs to do... So I figured 'why not share my experience with others?' so I'm just sitting down to write this and now I have to back track a little ways to just get myself up to date with where I'm currently at in my weight loss... So much for doing it the easy way!

Blue Sky
06-30-2009, 07:44 PM
My non-fiction wip is:

1. Self-help.
2. How-to
5 Inspirational
8. Other - readers say it's a fun read.

The purpose: Help readers remember how to listen within while playing with stones. Yes, rocks, minerals and crystals.

My sharing comes from extensive experience alone and with others. The research was simple, but not easy. When parts of the book were not clear, I knew that the answers would come in the days (years!) ahead.

I recently experienced a noticeable shift in my writing, so I'm revising one last time before querying. Such revision will require one final edit, but the manuscript creation phase is almost complete. :snoopy:

My next non-fic wip, along the same lines, but more focused on animals, started up a few weeks ago. I woke up hearing such intriguing intro lines that I had to get up and write. Turned out to be the first page or so. Off to the races we go.

I look forward to going back to the novel I started while reading Uncle Jim's thread as well.