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Thread: Writing two nonfiction books

  1. #1
    New Fish; Learning About Thick Skin
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    Jun 2009

    Writing two nonfiction books

    I have enough research material to fill two books on the same
    general topic.

    If none of the material overlaps, it is conceivable that I could
    sell the books to different publishers?

    A writer I know says that once I sell the first book, there's no way any
    other publisher would want the second book.

    Thank you.

  2. #2
    practical experience, FTW cornflake's Avatar
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    Jul 2012
    I'm not sure I get it -- none of the material overlaps but it's the same topic?

    Having enough research material to fill two books doesn't sound like it wouldn't overlap, if it's research on the same thing....

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    All the nopes. lizmonster's Avatar
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    Jul 2012
    Out of curiosity, why would you want to use two different publishers?
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    Hey, I got interviewed by AbsoluteWrite!

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    Swan in Process Siri Kirpal's Avatar
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    You'd be better off trying to get a two-book deal with the first publisher. Assuming you can get one. The exception would be if one was an illustrated book and the other was not; then two publishers would probably be more feasible.


    Siri Kirpal
    "The only freedom any of us ever has is the freedom to choose how we will not be free."

  5. #5
    New Fish; Learning About Thick Skin
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    Jun 2009
    I'd only use two different publishers if the first wasn't open to both books.
    I appreciate all your responses! Thanks.

  6. #6
    practical experience, FTW
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    May 2008
    I do not know. I am only making a guess here. I'd try to get a 2 book or 3 book deal. If you are an expert in Fly fishing or physics, I do not see why you would not be publishing several books in your area of expertise. Most writers do have areas of expertise or experience, and end up writing many books about the subject (s) within that area. You would expect Neil Degrass Tyson to write about Astronomy, because that is what he does.

  7. #7
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    I would recommend taking the questions that people want answering first, and turn them answers into a decent book, you can then move onto book two once you build up a following, give me a shout if you need a hand. :-)



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