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Advice on Writing a Book

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by moonlight, Aug 9, 2016.

  1. moonlight

    moonlight Member

    Hi folks.

    I've been approached by someone who I have covered for years to write a book of their memories in their little niche of the sports world. I'm interested in doing it, but I have never written a book or anything resembling a book — just articles for newspapers and magazines.

    So tell me, what do I need to know? It sounds like a pay-to-publish kind of thing (he said he'd pay for that), so I don't think I need to go the route of finding a publisher and all the perks that go with that. I think it would basically be him talking to me, and me polishing the stories into separate chapters.

    He said he'd pay me for my time. What's a realistic figure? I know I won't get rich, but a little scratch would be nice.

    Can anyone give me some good advice here?
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  2. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    I'd go for a fee/cut, though how much of each is hard to say. Is this person notable enough that you think the book will sell well? Or do you know going in it will have a limited market?

    Length of the book is a factor, too.
  3. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

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