r ranson wrote:There's been a lot of offers to help in this thread. Anyone still interested.
I have a couple of little sections that need an extra pair of eyes. There's one section in particular where I'm having trouble with permaculture.
Crazy idea: what if I set up a private forum on permies and people interested in helping edit can participate.
r ranson wrote:I have the text finished for the first booklet. I'll be sending it off for the first round of editing soon. I think there are some places that need some major work and I bet there are things that can be improved that I didn't even think about. On the whole, I'm very happy with how quickly this has gone.
It was difficult to stop writing because I've only put about 10% of what I know on the topic. I could double the word count just talking about soil preparation methods. I have to stop somewhere. Besides, everything I don't include in this book is extra value to add to the big book when I amalgamate all the little ones together.
Some things I'm thinking about:
There aren't any books on this topic. There are books about growing that briefly talk about fibre production. There are books on crafting that talk briefly about growing fibre. Of the three books in publication right now that are about creating linen fabric, the most recent has 2 paragraphs on how to grow linen. The others have a small chapter on it but focus mostly on the history and use of linen. Does this mean that there is zero interest in this topic so no one has written on it? Or maybe there is no interest in this topic because no one has written much about it? Either way, when I look at the questions publishers ask, they all want to know who my audience is. I'm thinking homesteaders and crafters as the primary audience, with people who are seeking practical solutions for a sustainable future as the secondary audience. I wonder if I'm right.
Sherri Lynn wrote:I would love to hear more about the process of self-publishing. How do you begin to promote your book? Who did you send the postcards to? How do you go about getting an isbn number? How to work with a local printer?
What help can you be in the promotion of the book? Organizational connections? Mailing lists? Workshops? Tours? Conferences which you are likely to attend? (We are primarily interested in publishing authors who are prepared to help substantially with the promotion of their own books.)
How do you begin to promote your book?
Who did you send the postcards to?
How do you go about getting an isbn number?
How to work with a local printer?