Monday, January 25, 2010

My Next Book

I’m writing non-fiction again. I estimate that I’m about 15% complete with the project. This project isn’t another computer book. I rather expected that I would write another one and that I would write it sooner than now, since my first book has done better than I ever expected. I haven’t been getting rich, but it has allowed me to claim a profit on my income taxes. The book I am writing is about plot devices. I suppose it is somewhat risking for me to write this book, but where there is no risk there is no reward. It’s a book that I would have liked to have read, if I had found one on the subject, but I haven’t found a book where the author covered the topic the way I have chosen to cover it. So, I’m excited about it.

Much of it, I could have used it as fodder for this blog and some of it I think I have, but it would take at least six months for me to disseminate this information through blog posts and I think I would grow tired of having the blog follow that theme for so long. As the work progresses, I may include a few posts based on what I am writing there, but if you want to read the rest of it, you’ll just have to wait until the book comes out.

I’m also anxious to see how well it sells compared to my first book. There are significant differences between the two books in terms of the target audience. The first book falls within a very tight niche and fulfills a very specific need. This new book is less of a niche book, the potential audience is wider and it fulfills a need, but it may not be as obvious that it fulfils that need. I am in closer contact with the potential audience of the book, but that audience is more educated on the subject to begin with and may be less likely to pick up just any book on the subject. Besides that, with the economy like it is, some people don’t have much extra money to buy books. But it’ll be interesting to see what happens. I’ll keep you informed.

Question: What are you writing?