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It sounds good so far . . .

After surviving one of the Mondays from Hell that often affects the help desk where I'm working at my job (face it, if something's going to go wrong, it'll hit at 6pm on a Friday when everyone's gone and it won't be discovered until some poor schlep (aka me) finds it on Monday morning), I came home to await the phone call.

To my pleasure, the project coordinator was a very pleasant person to deal with. She outlined the project (it's for an illustrated history book) and we went over the scope and the concepts behind the project. I need to put together a sample chapter and a proposed Table of Contents by this Friday. She'll look it over and make some suggestions. Once we're comfortable with where this is going, I'll do a second chapter and then they'll start shopping this around to a couple of publishers they've already approached.

She told me not to get too attached to the ideas behind the table of contents since whoever picks up the book might want to make changes. I said, I can do changes, but considering this is a history book, I have to be able to find sufficient information in public domain or from primary sources to produce the information they want. Plagiarizers are us is not my motto. She was fine with that and was willing to go to bat with any editors if that was the case. The proposed book length and payment was acceptable also.

Yes, this is work for hire and yes, I'm working for a packager. Story of my life.

The good part is, I get paid for the sample chapters/TOC, even if the book doesn't get sold.

The better part is, if one of the publisher's picks it up, this could be the first of several projects they'd like me to do for them.

(OH, and P.S. kradical, I haven't forgotten about the two projects. I told her I was working on those and she's going to try and ensure I have time to get her stuff done and yours also. Of course, this whole work/sleep thing may get in the way, but that's what they made chocolate covered espresso beans for, right? *grin*)

Knowing this is coming up, I'm going to be working on The Price of Conviction at night and the sample chapters on my lunch hour for the next couple of days. Thank goodness this all fell during spring break! All I need is to get the revisions from Marco tomorrow and my life will be complete (knock on wood).

I will have word counts to post tomorrow night, promise.


( 6 howls — Howl with the Pack )
Apr. 3rd, 2007 03:16 am (UTC)
I'll never forget...
The first time we bought chocolate covered expresso beans in that boutique in Carmel, and the dog found them and ate them and ran around like a demon-possessed for three days.
Apr. 3rd, 2007 05:14 am (UTC)
(OH, and P.S. kradical, I haven't forgotten about the two projects.

Gooooooooooooood. *grin*

On one of them -- the one that isn't approved yet -- I can be flexible with the deadline to some extent. Actually, I can with the other one, too. Let me know....
Apr. 3rd, 2007 01:10 pm (UTC)
I figured you might be monitoring this discussion. ;)

Actually, I'm hoping to finish the first draft this weekend (Easter and Cherry Blossom Festival nonwithstanding). That'll give me the rest of the month to clean it up and get it to you by 01 May.

I don't think the other one will be in any danger either, esp. since most of the writing will be after I graduate this May. Damn, that's got a good sound to it.
Apr. 3rd, 2007 08:37 am (UTC)
Sounds like a great gig. Nothing wrong with working for a book packager: we - or at least you are and I aspire to be - modern day minstrels who should see no dishonour in playing a request, or composing to order for a patron.

I am of course horribly jealous.
Apr. 3rd, 2007 01:11 pm (UTC)
Speaking of which, how's your story coming along?

Harbinger has made a few rounds but no nibbles yet. I plan on hitting the agent circuit hard here as soon as things settle down.

I believe there was a dram or two of scotch riding on this?
Apr. 3rd, 2007 01:28 pm (UTC)
My business ate the last 3 months of work.
However, have fixed the broken weld and am now enamelling...
( 6 howls — Howl with the Pack )

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