Spinning off of two diaries Nanettes
my diary http://www.boomantribune.com/?op=displaystory;sid=2005/4/26/7355/96167
I have an idea, it came to me today as I was reading another poignant comment on Booman, these beautiful words and stories should not be wasted, to be read by only a few and then pass into oblivion. I think many would be inspired or enlightened by reading the stories of the people who post here.
So that led me to the thought that we should write (or put together)a collective book, members submitting stories on a particular subject, maybe one they have already written or a new one. Then a certain number are chosen to be included in the book. Perhaps a series of books.
We could either self publish or seek regular mainstream publication as Shirlstar suggested in her comment on my diary Recollections of the 60’s in response to my query:
I am just wondering if it would be possible to get a book together, with submissions from members, etc. and if it gets sold or published we could use the money as a collective to help or fund our causes and maybe tip Booman and this site a little. Sounds like a big dream I know, but dreams have to start somewhere and sometimes they come true.
I just have a sense that we are wasting a lot of these wonderful words, said everyday, and they could be used for something more, many of the stories are inspiring and poignant and others would surely want to read them.
To which Shirlstar Replied:
There are so many great stories out there of “who we are,” I think a collection of them would be fabulous. Self publishing may be the only way to get it published, however, with all of the editors and professional writers here and on Kos, we should certainly try that route first.
Self published would cost about $900-$1200 and the books are printed as ordered. They are listed on Amazon and Barnes and Nobel, and others, copies to Library of Congress and an ISBN issued. Certainly those who have their own blogs could promote it there. Perhaps it is a topic (Blogs and who are the bloggers) that is currently gaining enough interest that some publisher may wish to take it on.
It would be a great project. I’d love to participate, and I am certain there are hundreds of very interesting stories to include (if not thousands).
So that led me to formulate the idea that we should write (or put together)a collective book, members submitting stories on a particular subject, maybe one they have already written or a new one. Then a certain number are chosen to be included in the book. Perhaps a series of books.
It could be called Voices from the Blog-O-Sphere, a collection of stories or something like that.
Then there could be maybe 5 sections or more, such as
Recollections of the past
What being a liberal means to me
Tell Us About You
Or it could be random, just a selection of all kinds of varied stories. But all of a personal nature.
The second thing I want to propose is making this a group project with profits going to support our causes, to promote our ideas, spread our views, whatever, we would have to decide that. With a hefty cut /to Booman Trib.included. It could be a /you have to be a member of Booman trib. to submit a story, etc.
So, I am throwing the idea out there. What do you all think of this idea, do you like it or no? Do you think it could work? Would you be willing to help? Will you submit a story? Do you have knowledge of publishing or publishing connections? Legal advice will be helpful at some point, so lawyers let us know if you can help.
If you do like the idea I suggest forming four groups:
- coordinating and compiling the book into its final form,
- publishing and coordination of publishing
- advertising and dissemination.
So if you do make a comment add which group you would fit in best.
This idea is along the lines of what Nanette has suggested in her diary today and I am thinking maybe we could coordinate these two idea, yours Nanette and mine and work together on this project and your project, since many of the work would be duplicated.
This is all in the beginning stages of tossing the idea around so I welcome all your ideas, suggestions and thoughts.