The New Super-Secret Real-Life Project: Revealed!
It’s not so super-secret this time though. Matter of fact, the last one wasn’t either; don’t know why I didn’t tell y’all about it.
I don’t want to jinx this one, because it’s not a done deal yet. I’m waiting for the publisher to send me the guidelines for the new book so I can get started writing. I’ve already had some help getting started with the research involved, but the publisher may still kabosh the whole thing. With that disclaimer out of the way, I’ll tell you what it is.
A few weeks ago, I started getting new calls from the agent I work with and he proposed a couple of book projects for me. One of them was a book about the Android, the cell phone device; another was about HTML5 and CSS3. I never heard anything back about either of those books, but then he offered me another one, by the same publisher of my last book. As you know by now, that was an extremely simplified how-to book on PowerPoint 2010, available only in the UK.
Well, this series of books is called the Brilliant series. It’s a little more complex than the In Simple Steps series I wrote for last time, but it still cuts through a LOT of the bullsh!t and fluff found even in the Dummies series and the Complete Idiot’s Guide series here in the US.
They offered me an update to their current HTML/CSS book. The original author turned the project down for another opportunity. He’s a programmer with extensive HTML/CSS knowledge. Me? Not so much. I balked, but my agent felt I could do it. I looked up stuff and web and decided, you know, I think I can do it after all. So I accepted the project.
Lots of little details to work out with this one though, including how much of the current information I have to use or will this be a complete rewrite (which is my preference, honestly, considering how much has changed in HTML from then to now). How much of the advance does the original author get? How much of the royalties? If I’m doing a full rewrite, am I allowed to use any of his original book at all? Those sorts of things. All tricky. I’ll leave most to the agent, though.
So that’s it. That’s what’s on my horizon, and I hope it ocmes through soon. How ‘bout you? What’s on your plate lately?
Have an AWESOME weekend, y’all!