I have decided to do some more study this Semester and as part of it I have to write a publishing proposal. Firstly I need to do some market research and I thought you may like to help me. The publishing proposal will include:
- a table of contents
- a sample chapter
- bibliographical details
- potential market – this where I would value your opinion please
- word length
- details of relevant contacts, associations and newsletters that could be used for marketing.
I don’t have any plans or wish to write a book just now. I am going along for the journey and I am not sure where it will lead me. It is interesting to learn about the publishing process as there is so much more to it than I ever imagined. It is very market focused and it appears that the trick is to find a gap in the market.
I have some ideas for an imagined book. I can check online book stores to see what already exists.
For example, I thought of writing about my son walking the Appalachian Trail (he should be on the peak of Mt Katahdin any day now, having walked over two thousand miles).
I searched on Amazon and there are 3,577 books available on the Appalachian Trail so maybe that market is already saturated. However I couldn’t find any of these books written from an Australian’s experience. At present, my options include:
- my son’s adventure on the Appalachian Trail (I would have to work in partnership with him obviously)
- stories of living in remote communities in Australia
- understanding the challenges of being a sole parent
- wisdom gained from years of life experience (often the wisdom comes after disaster 🙂
- women from the Baby Boom generation
So, would you be so kind and reply with your choice of options 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 as a potential topic for a book that might interest you. If none of them do, that is fine also. This will still be my market research! Even if you can just go to the comment box below and write your choice, I will be very grateful 🙂 )
- Hiker hurt in Appalachian Trail fall (rep-am.com)
- Crews responding for injured hiker on Appalachian Trail (rep-am.com)
- Monson named the first Maine Appalachian Trail Community (bangordailynews.com)
- Appalachian Trail hikers describe weathering Friday’s storm (wsls.com)
- Finish of Appalachian Trail hike is a gift to dad (newsobserver.com)
- Hiking Through (Book Review) (halfdozendaily.typepad.com)
- Duncannon officials hope Appalachian Trail Community designation brings more people to historic town (pennlive.com)