My second writing project, “The modeler’s handbook” (about quantitative modeling) is coming along very well! The set-up is done and almost every chapter and sub-section has been filled in. A “final first draft” is only a few days of writing away…Which is immensely cool! Even if it stops there I have the feeling that I can legitimately say that I wrote a book.
Of course I don’t want it to stop there… I want this book to be read and used others. But I also want it to be useful for myself. So then the question becomes, what is the best way to “use” this book myself?
Option one: Try to make money directly off of it. This means getting the book published and sold, either through a publisher or publishing it myself.
Option two: Use the book as a marketing instrument for my freelancing work: “Look what a cool book I wrote and how much I know about modeling. Hire me!” This would entail giving the book away for free, which also appeals to me in a sense, but it would make selling it at the same time very difficult.
Also, if anybody has any experience with getting a book published or knows anything else relevant for my situation, do let me know!
The way I look at it right now option two seems easiest and most promising. I want more work as a freelancer and this would definitely help my credentials and thus getting hired. However, option three sounds like something I would enjoy more in the long run. I would really like to get into “teaching” again and this would be a perfect first step. It’s new though and thus a lot more scary… And finally option one, actually having a book published and sold would really be extremely cool.
I have some time left before I have to make a decision on which path to walk down, a first draft is far removed from a finalized version. Still, it’s good to take a look at the horizon once and awhile as well. I think I’m going to look into all three options and see what my subconscious says in a week or two…