A Mad Thought

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So…good news, and not-so-good news.

The good news is that I found the old SQL file of my pre-2009 blog posts. Further good news is that I have mad thoughts of stripping out the writing posts and turning them into a book. The not-so-good news is that it’s a lot of work, and that work needs to be paid for. SO. My plan at the moment is to go through and get a reasonable text file of the entries I feel are Relevant, and after that I need to find someone who can edit for typos and clarity, format for ebook and trade paper, and get a decent cover image/layout. None of this is going to be cheap, so I may–MAY–get quotes, and then Kickstart for it.

Here’s where you come in, dear Reader: if you know of anyone who can perform the above tasks for cold hard cash, drop me a line! Or if you would like to quote those services to me, again, drop me a line. My timeline is possibly getting the book together by May. Also, I’d like to gauge interest, so if this is something you’d be interested in as a Reader, well, pop a comment here and let me know. There’s very little reason to go to all the trouble if nobody’s interested.

I know I said I hated writing advice books. And I do. I am undecided whether practicality or hubris is sparking this idea of putting one out. Please don’t tell me which. I’d rather just uncomfortably suspect both…

  • John

    I’d be happy to be considered to do the typos part. Cold hard cash not entirely necessary for a writer who is cool.

  • martianmoncrab

    You have very good advice, and its worth pubbing.

  • Dear Lili:

    This sounds like a wonderful project. In fact, I am in the process of starting a company to help bloggers and indie authors get their books ready for publication.

    I am a life-long reader and a member of RWA for many years. I have over 15 years experience in corporate America writing and editing ebooks and technical publications. I’m looking to use my IT experience and editing skills in a new creative indie publishing career.

    I’m certain that I can meet that timeline you requested. I would love to work with such a talented writer.

    If you are interested, please send me an email so that I can forward you a PowerPoint outlining my company services. I’m confident that I can provide everything that you need for this project at a price that will work for you.

    Sincerely,

    Liz

  • mazoku

    Well, you always gave sound advice, so I think it’d make a good book. 🙂

  • Asylos

    I’m always looking for editing work and have means of making ePub and such.

  • I hope you do not change your mind. I’d love to read such a advice book as your gonna be — it’ll won’t be just a advice book, it’ll be the one I can trust. I’m serious.

  • I’ll be happy to help out. Email me if you’d like me to work on it. I’m an apprentice fiction writer, but I’ve been writing and editing nonfiction professionally since college. I’ve even got a two-year stint as a copyeditor at Samhain.

  • Dylan C.

    I can’t really offer copyedits or quotes, sadly, being one of Those Useless Students. But I can tell you I’d definitely buy a pair of copies for me and my partner and rec it to my group. So, yeah, for what that’s worth.

  • Kat

    Raising my hand as a reader. Sometimes I love a specific book, occasionally a whole series, but only rarely a whole author…yes, I love all of you (in a totally non-cannibalistic, non-stalkerish, book-buying way, of course). And you get super-giant bonus points because you managed to make even your YA series awesome. It’s a trust thing – even if the blurb doesn’t sound like my cup of tea or I’m not sure of the direction a book’s going in at some point, I know I’m guaranteed a great story and great writing from you. It’s have-to-read-that-scene-again-now sort of writing*. You definitely have advice worth selling/taking.

    (*You mentioned Ilona Andrews the other day – she’s actually the other “whole author” I love at the moment – the two of you write books it takes me twice as long as usual to get through!)

  • Sandra

    Email sent with referrals to folks we use, as we are unfortunately(?) booked solid for the next few months.

    And yes, if you publish it, we will buy!

  • Denise

    Publish it and I will buy it! Anyone that can write the Dante Valentine and Jill Kismet series is full of writing knowledge.

  • Smeech

    To be honest, I would not buy a book of writing advice. I only read fiction for fun. But I do have friends who are always talking about writing a book so maybe they would read it.

    As for the website information loss, it is very sad. I had bookmarked my favorite posts and used to reread them. Especially the very recent one from New Year’s where you talked about one of your resolutions being to write the Steelflower sequel.

    Seriously, I would reread it whenever I had a bad day and smile to myself saying I am that much closer to reading more Kaia. Maybe you could repost it? Pretty please?

  • Kristina L.

    You publish, I will buy it! 🙂

  • Carmen

    I would buy it! Have a great day : )