Can I Pick Your Brain?
I’ve had a pair of ideas elbowing other ideas for quite a few months now, and I figure I’ll toss these ideas out there to you crazy cats, see what you think. Just to float the notions. See where they go.
Let me toss these ideas to you, see what you think. If you think these idea are cool, compelling, interesting, and you’d like to subscribe to my newsletter and sacrifice jungle cats to my honor, great. Alternately, don’t hesitate to point out pitfalls, and further don’t hesitate in saying, “Ehhh, I don’t think this is such a good idea, Beardigo, and here’s why.” Don’t worry, I won’t put your name on a list or anything.
So, the two ideas:
Writing Advice (With Profanity): The Book?
If you’ve been here a while, you know that so far I’ve doled out one metric fuckton of writing advice over here. Some good, some not so good, but all of it coming from an honest place (it being the place where I too have struggled with such writerly conundrums as how to conjure good characters, how to write good dialogue, and how to decide which Hollywood celebutard to sleep with when I get rich and famous).
It hit me, though, when I was going back through the posts to try to find one on a particular topic — man, it’s hard to track that stuff down. I write a post or three a week on the subject of writing. Hunting down specific posts is getting to be like an exercise session in the Sisyphean Poopatorum.
And so, I thought: hey, maybe I’ll put ‘em all together. At least, the really good ones.
I could edit. I could revise. I could add some text to each.
Then I could offer it up as a book…
One of those dreaded e-books I keep hearing about.
I don’t know how precisely involved that would be, but I do have some InDesign experience and obviously I’m down with the Photoshop (less so with Illustrator). The posts are largely written, and just need tightening. And the new content additions would be fun to write.
I guess the question is: is it worth it? I’d probably not charge much for such a book. A buck-fifty or two, maybe. Get it going for the Kindle or something.
Would it be interesting to you? To anybody? Heck, it would at least be entertaining. Nobody else is penning writing advice that uses phrases like “monkey taint.” I’ve got a niche! A foul, septic little niche!
Editing Services: I Will Dot Your I’s, Cross Your T’s
I’m a little more hesitant on this one, but still the idea nibbles at my throat.
I like to think I’m a pretty solid editor. Both in content and copy, I feel thatI’m well-versed with the red pen. And I know that the world is home to a number of writers that could use a good pre-submission editor, someone to get their work up to speed in terms of trying to find it a home.
I figure, maybe that’s me.
I could offer services across a range: copy editing (grammar, spelling, formatting) and content editing (characters, story, plot, etc.). Anything from a short story to a novel in length, and could even branch out to edit game material and what-not.
This might be a horrible idea. It has pitfalls of which I’m already aware: it’ll take up time, it takes my focus off writing, it possibly saturates my brain with Other People’s Stories.
I suspect I’d do it well, but as noted: pitfalls.
I’m certainly more hesitant here than with the e-Book. The book of writing advice, Wendig-style, would be fun, I think. It’d at least put some of the so-called “essentials guide” (as Filamena referred to it the other day) in one place for easy reading.
Still — editing services. Would you avail yourself of just such a resource?
My Reasoning, Shaky And Flawed As It May Be
Part of the reason I’m looking at these ideas is that freelance work is desperately hit-or-miss. A little cash infusion from some side projects would not go remiss, and if those projects are things about which I actually gave a shit, hey, bonus! Maybe these aren’t the right paths to take, though. Noodle it with me. Good ideas? Bad ideas? Are there better ideas? I’ve further wondered about writing what are effectively unsellable novels — by which I mean, novels that are unsellable in the common market. Point of fact: a Codpiece Johnson (or its ilk) is probably not a book that will pass muster with the agent or a publisher (though I could be wrong, there), and would be fast, fun, and funny to write while still offering quality writing (er, presuming you consider my writing of some quality). So, there. A third option to molest.
No stress, no pressure, but if you have thoughts, I’m tilting my ears to hear ‘em.
Thanks in advance, of course.
Don’t forget to sacrifice a jungle cat on your way out.