About 6 months ago, myself and a very close colleague of mine signed a contract to write a book for a publisher (of course, all names are being withheld because this is my own view and not any other party’s view). When our proposal was first accepted, I was jazzed. I wanted to sing the praises to the world! I AM WRITING A BOOK! FINALLY, MY LIFE IS VALID! PEOPLE CAN ADD ME TO THEIR LIBRARY ON LIBRARYTHING! I dug deep into writing the book. Me, my laptop, and Google Docs became great friends. I thought about nothing other than my topic (which I’m withholding as well because, well, you’ll read this post and see why).
And then I just stopped writing. Cold turkey. Here’s what got to me.
- It’s a book and it’s 2011. It’ll be published and out of date by the time it hits stores (do those exist anymore?).
- Can’t it be a blog? Should it be a graphic novel? What about an instruction video game? Or maybe a short movie?
- Can it be something that transcends a book? Can it be a living, mutating, always growing document? (also, see above)
- I’m terribly sorry, but I want this book to be hilarious and informative. I’m so afraid that it’ll all be edited out and it’ll be boring.
- Money: Am I selling out by writing a book that others will have to pay for? Aren’t ideas free? Isn’t that the reason I started blogging in the first place.
- I ran out of things to say…and I’m like 40,000 too short of a book. Can’t it be a library novella? A grand PDF? I don’t want it to be all filler and no killer.
- Sources and citing: That kind of stuff bores me. Eli Neiburger and Beth Gallaway have already written awesome books full of grand ideas that you should just buy anyways (I mean it!). What if I just had a chapter in the book that said YOU SHOULD READ THESE BOOKS BECAUSE THEY HAVE AN INSANE AMOUNT OF GOOD IDEAS IN THEM.
- I want the chapter names to be in all caps.
- I want the cover to have video game 8Bit representations of the authors riding a unicorn and have the color scheme be rainbow. We would also have life meters on the cover.
Now, keep in mind, all of these worries are in my head and nothing has been confirmed/rejected/denied by the publishers (who, by the way, have been nothing but amazing and nice).
So what do you think? Have you wrote a book? What has been your experience? If you haven’t, what would you say to perhaps purchasing a book full of stuff that came out of my head and was printed? Would you buy it or should I just keep blogging and sharing ideas like they were meant to be shared (FREE!)? Am I a sellout?