Oh, boy, are things EVER happening!
Okay, first of all, I got contacted by my agent for a slew of potential books to be written. Now, this is all non-fiction stuff, just like the PowerPoint book I wrote. The subjects are wide and varied. But man! I’m a little afraid they’re over my head.
The two major projects right now seem to be for CSS/HTML5 books. There’s one which is an update f an edition from last year, but it’s also a new book; then there’s another one which is more from scratch. The second one pays more but the first one is with the same publisher I did the PowerPoint book for, so I’m familiar with the staff and the style would be similar.
I thought for sure the first book – which pays a higher advance – wold reject me for not having any HTML/CSS coding experience. No web designer am I. The second book – hereto after called the Brilliant book because it’s part of a series of books called “Brilliant” by the publisher (as in “Brilliant HTML and CSS”) – will be (theoretically) easier to write because it’s about task steps and simplistic explanations. But the Brilliant book will be much harder than the PowerPoint book because of the references. I’ll need a list of the code used, “Jargon Buster” glossary entries, and of course I have to write and test all the code in the book. Top that off with the standards the publisher imposes on the author (which is more liberating than you’d think), and it can be a challenge, especially with an “ASAP” deadline because of sales interest.
The two books might be mutually exclusive, too. The contract for the Brilliant book might exclude writing the other one, but the other one pays more so I’m not eager to do that just yet unless I have to.
*Whew!* Lots of stuff happening, and I’m also trying to get some short stories ready for the Kindle store and Smashwords, too. The formatting is almost done; I have to compile the stories (after I finalize any editing, o’course) into a single document formatted the right way and with the proper title page and copyright stuff. Then I need a blurb for the book just like a print one. Then I need a cover. Then I need an account. *Sigh*
Bubble, bubble, bubble … the pot’s brewing. I only wish these were fiction projects being tossed my way. Oh well – I’m glad to have them. The LORD IS GOOD to us, y’all!
How’s it by you today?