I have something that I've been thinking about for a long, long time that I want to bounce off you (my loyal readers). I've always had a strong interest in authoring a book, and I've managed to half-write several since the age of 16. This year I found myself in talks with a couple of publishers who approached me, and while nothing has come of those talks as yet, I'm interested to see what you guys would think of the prospect regardless of how it's distributed.
What Book? Why a Book? Why Now?
The subject that I'd be looking to cover would be about starting a web design business, freelancing, working for yourself, marketing, and pretty much everything that I've been doing this year and talking about on this blog.
I enjoy writing a great deal, particularly when it's on a subject that I believe will be able to help other people. That being said; I think that a lot of people write books for the sake of writing books, so that they can spend 200 pages talking about themselves. That's not what I want to do.
Some of you may be thinking "But why now? You don't have sufficient experience to write a book on this subject!" and the answer to that is quite simple. People who write books about freelancing and starting a business after they've been doing it for 5-10 years forget what it was like in year 1. On top of that, everything that they did in year 1 has completely changed in the last 5 years and it's sometimes not even relevant any more.
I would be looking to release this on the anniversary of my taking plunge into full-time self employment (about 4 months from now), with everything that happened in year 1 still very fresh in my mind, and still very relevant to the world today. The aim of the book would be to fully disclose and describe everything that worked for me (and what didn't), with a primary goal of helping those of you out there who are looking to the same.
Yeah Ok, So How Much?
This would depend entirely on how it ends up coming together. If it turns out to be an independent release then I would probably go the 37Signals route of
- Read it online for free
- Get a PDF copy for $x.xx
- Get a printed copy for $xx.xx
If I found a publisher interested in supporting the book then it would probably be the same, but higher quality, and no free option.
What Do You Think?
I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below and in the poll. A book is a lot of hard work and I wouldn't want to dedicate a lot of time and effort to it unless I thought it was going to be valuable to some people!