fafner wrote:Most of idle chat has turned to discordapp, which may give an impression of the forum being inactive.
I'm not exactly sure what is your problem, are you afraid that you don't have enough references and potential publishers won't take you seriously ? I know personally someone who has published 2 books already (in video games, so not exactly the same topic), and there was not even a full page of sources. If you want, I can ask him to give you advice on this matter.
Yes, please do, fafner!
DrFrag wrote:Anyway, I wouldn't worry about the size of your bibliography. It's not a university essay. There are museum-published reference books on my shelf that have zero references because the entire thing was ground work by the author. If the bulk of your work is independent research that's too original to reference other things then that sounds pretty good to me
O.k., you have convinced me! Having a large bibliography is not so important. But,
I failed to mention the part about getting permission to use images. That & the permission to cite sources. I really dislike the idea of saying its all "fair use", as it seems to be a much abused concept.
DrFrag, you speak of 1st and 2nd books. I had been thinking that the 1st book just gets my name out there, while the 2nd book actually earns the money, as you have stated. My idea was to write a broad but shallow coverage of the subject as a 1st book, followed by in-depth coverage in later books. I have tons of content!
Tetsuwan Penguin wrote:Some authors have gone the vanity press route. Here you end up paying up front for the printing of every copy of your book, and YOU end up being the distributor. For specialized works that will see to 'captive' audiences, this can be work out, if you can 'buy' inventories in small volumes until sales pick up.
I had examined one such publisher, but aside from running a go fund me campaign, there is just no way I could go this route. Besides that, I fear having my work stolen by the publisher. I need to get an agent to deal with such things. I want to copyright my work before submitting it to a publisher.
Thanks for the input, all of you! As it is, I am currently doing research; it may be March before I return to the writing phase.