Dec 022012
 

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…

I was a bit worried when I googled for the name of my book: Lots of hits. Luckily, all were about scale modeling of plains, trains and automobiles.

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.

Are there any volunteers for reading the first draft and helping me improve upon it? People who actually model would be most appropriate, but perhaps someone with a completely different background would be very helpful as well! Send me a message and I’ll send you the first draft as soon as it’s done.

Also, if anybody has any experience with getting a book published or knows anything else relevant for my situation, do let me know!

Option three: Use the book as the basis for a course in modeling. As far as I know such a course doesn’t exist yet and with this as a basis I feel I would be able to give such a course. Again, this would mean giving away the book, though I also know of some people who wrote a book to sell and then proceeded with building a course around it…

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…

  4 Responses to “What to do with a book…?”

  1. Why not do all of them at once? First, publish the book and try to sell it. Once it is published, you can still use it as a marketing tool (which would not necessarily mean giving the book away that often) and as a basis for a course you are giving.

    • Ola!

      Feel free to send the draft – I’ll be happy to take a look although i’m not sure when i’ll manage to read it.

      Fully agree with Leendert: just to all of the above. The one thing people will like more than getting something for free is getting something for free for which other people will have actually paid :-)

  2. Hi!

    Sounds interesting! I am an economist, but I am curious about the book. Probably the modelling you are talking about and the modelling taks I often do have something in common.
    Not sure if I can send wise comments, but who knows? Let me know when you have the draft ready.

    Greetings from Buenos Aires and have a safe flight back home!

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