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Offline PaulG2

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Book with multiple authors.
« on: July 11, 2011, 04:01:43 PM »
I am looking into how to write a book with multiple authors, but don't know where to start when it comes to the behind-the-scenes agreement such as credit, revenue, etc. My sticking point is finding authors that genuinely know the subject matter and have real life experience and not just theories. I would also like to have authors that are real people and not someone that I just hired from eLance or Odesk.
The other issue is how you would go about crediting the writers of each subject. I was looking at the Chicken Soup for the soul series and it looks as if the people who contributed were only listed as contributors and not authors.   

So far I have the basics down. I know what the books subject manner and how I want the book to be organized. The book is perfect for multiple authors ( one for each chapter) that have a specialty in each chapters subject.

I have already invested in an ISBN and barcode for the book so that it will be able to be sold at bookstores online and off. I will also have a limited number of printed versions, but will primarily focus on the digital version. I am still trying to determine the size and style of the printed version hard cover vs paperback vs workbook, but I do know that the graphics for the cover will be handled by a professional.

My sticking point is finding authors that genuinely know the subject matter and have real life experience and not just theories. I would also like to have authors that are real people and not someone that I just hired from eLance or Odesk.
The other issue is how you would go about crediting the writers of each subject. I was looking at the Chicken Soup for the soul series and it looks as if the people who contributed were only listed as contributors and not authors.   

 Anybody have any thoughts? Would anyone here like to hear more about this opportunity?



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Re: Book with multiple authors.
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2011, 04:39:30 PM »
Fill us in on your venture :-)


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Re: Book with multiple authors.
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2011, 05:24:35 PM »
I've been part of two ''crowd sourced'' books and we skipped most of those issues since the money went to charity.

I think it is whatever you can negotiate. I'm sure some experts would do it just for the book credit (whether you did contributor or co-author) and exposure. If you have your marketing plan in place and can say ''hey, I'm going to put this book *and you as author* in front of XX,000 people. If you'd like that sort of exposure, here are the guidelines for submitting your chapter.''

I'd like to hear more about your project.

HTH & Thx!

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Re: Book with multiple authors.
« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2011, 03:13:40 PM »
Hi Paul

If you're thinking of putting the authors' names on the book cover - ensure they are short names!

Or you could come up with a generic name for the group and then list the authors (with their business of choice) on the inside.

Personally, I would split the income equally between authors - sounds a bit simple but then everyone gets equal pie and there shouldn't be too much backbiting.

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Re: Book with multiple authors.
« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2011, 06:24:51 PM »
Thanks for the replies and sorry about the late reply.

I have been rethinking the book and eBook route. I just have this nagging question in the back of my mind asking me "What makes my book different?". To be honest I can't really give a great answer. I know the material will be great but the format is like everyone else.

Besides aren't eBooks getting old already? I mean all they are just PDF files when its all said and done. A printed book would really just be for my ego to say that I have something printed. I think that for what I want to accomplish I need to be different than most people. I don't think a book or eBook will set me apart.

I am thinking a membership program with training modules that break down the material in text and videos. I am also thinking that I could make the info and modules available in an application for android and apple users.

I am going to look for people that have experience in the following areas and how they are or can be used in marketing. If interested in working together than let me know via pm and I can explain how these are all linked together.

landing & squeeze pages
podcast
videos
local search
newspaper ads
social media
television
radio
flyers/brochures
phone-books
email
direct mail
word of mouth
online ads
and more...






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Re: Book with multiple authors.
« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2011, 02:18:35 AM »
There is still HUGE value in printed books. My newest product in entirely printed, with the exceptions of some free ebooks we did to help promote the product. All else is ink on paper.

Upside: instant credibility, physical presence, something to show off and refer to, booming sales on amazon, etc.

Downside: manufacturing costs, shipping costs, much more technical in production than ebooks, more to keep track of during revisions, etc.

I've got one product line that's entirely digital, and now one that's printed (mostly). It'll be interesting to compare relative conversions once traffic is equalized between the sites.

My $02.

Disclaimer: I'm a little biased towards print, donchaknow, as I've been a print designer for a long, long time. But I'm ambidextrous: print with one hand and web with the other.
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