I need your help please

English: Looking up from the Hunt Spur towards...

English: Looking up from the Hunt Spur towards the Gateway from the Hunt Trail on Katahadin. The Hunt Trail is also the Appalachian Trail. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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
  • synopsis
  • a sample chapter
  • bibliographical details
  • potential market –Β  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 bookΒ  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:

  1. my son’s adventure on the Appalachian Trail (I would have to work in partnership with him obviously)
  2. stories of living in remote communities in Australia
  3. understanding the challenges of being a sole parent
  4. wisdom gained from years of life experience (often the wisdom comes after disaster πŸ™‚
  5. women from the Baby Boom generation

So, would you be so kindΒ  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 πŸ™‚ )





15 thoughts on “I need your help please

    • Lorraine: have you heard of NaNoWriMo? It’s coming up in November, and the idea is that you write a novel in the 30 days of November. I tried it last year, and found it was a good experience, although for various reasons, I’ve not gone ahead with the novel. http://www.nanowrimo.org/ (The “Na” stands for “National” because it started in the USA!

      Of your topics, I would like to see a book on (2), a novel with its locale a remote area of Australia.

      • Thanks Ted. I do like writing about places I have lived in. It helps to relive the memories. I have heard of writing experience you mentioned. Maybe by November I may have a good idea to proceed with.
        cheers and thanks again.

  1. I was always interested to hear your stories from somewhere so unknown to me, but I always appreciate words from the wise, so I think I’d go for option 1 or 4.but whether geography comes into market research I don’t know:-)

  2. #3 sounds good to me. I am in a shared parenting situation. But my boyfriend has single handedly raised his 13 and 11 year olds since they were 2 and 8 months and he has done an amazing job despite the challenges.

    • Hi Swozy – thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. I chose to write about our family adventures in outback Australia. A lot has happened since that post the other day – I decided to defer my studies – had a bit of a meltdown over grammar πŸ™‚

  3. Hi there! I think that I would also go with #2 because I love learning about personal experiences. It’s even better when you are learning about new places, cultures or communities, particularly if they aren’t the places that everyone goes to. As a new writer myself, I recently came across a website called Dutotrope that lists markets for writers who want to publish so that might be helpful if you are looking for info on potential markets. Good luck!

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