Originally Posted by flysci
You are very ambitious David; I think it would be a huge undertaking.
I disagree. You know those Pyramids in Egypt
? Well, I'm building one of those
. except bigger and to last longer
......I am still working on making it a profitable venture. But not as impossible as it might first seem...........ambition is a question of scale. Just like a Pyramid
Even if you could get enough authors to write on a set of subjects with some kind of coherence, the editor's job would be daunting. There are a few books like this that work. e.g. a cruiser's magazine gathering together all the articles on safety, or on big water/storm tactics. But then all the articles were already paid for, and each had been edited to conform to the magazine's style already, so the coherence was already there.
The Editors job could
be daunting - I intend (if I become Editor of one book) to be very relaxed
Substance over style. and the lack of coherence can be part of the sell. Just because the paper based publishing industry has certain practices and "standards" doesn't mean I / we need to follow them - the main clue for me is that the paper based magazine is a dying industry......so a different approach not only has merit, but IMO is needed.
Also, I'm not sure, but I think all the postings, the content, on a forum belongs to the owner of that forum? Maybe you could use your own postings, but a best of CF, I think is off the table.
A) don't anyone tell 'em
B) f#ck 'em
- if they can't take a joke they shouldn't be on the internet
C) I know enough to cover myself legally (and will know more). and also in practice
D) A bit of copyright
hooha is small beer
in the great book of DOJ
"events". and so far nothing
keeps me awake at night.
E) because I am after content from Members, written with a book in mind. Whether they have already or will submit the same information to CF (and where they got all that info from) will not be my direct concern.
In practice I think this project
would complement the forum, if not later enhance it - to the advantage of CF $$$ wise............but that's all long down the road
None the less, if you are willing to be that mean old editor who wrangles all the authors into the corral of style, the singular vision for the book, it might just work. I think there are some excellent writers on this forum, funny & engaging.
Any ideas for a theme? How not to do sailboat repairs, for instance, could be funny.
I agree, there are folks on here with something to say and sometimes even funny and engaging. some of them are even also excellent writers
But as far as I am concerned the first is required. 2 & 3 would be nice - the 4th is a bonus - but raw style and character can more than make up for not being an excellent writer.
The advantage of not aiming for the mass market is that we don't have to polish to cover the lowest common denominator. If someone don't like the book, then - so what? I don't like every
book I've read either
BTW, folks this thread may sleep for a while now and again (I iz busy elsewhere - but the Book Project
will be in the back of my mind, part of my R&R) - anyone feel free to move the project forward at any time and anyhow. Just because my "idea" don't mean I feel any ownership
or want to control.........