The Mumbrella website has just republished the article Got a book in you?, which features interviews with me and Zeitgeist Media Group’s Benython Oldfield among a number of media-industry folks who have written books.
First published in the media industry tablet magazine Encore, the article focuses on the financial risks and enduring rewards of writing a book, with an emphasis on nonfiction.
Benython makes the important point that there’s a big difference between a subject that’s right for a long article, and a subject fit for a book:
“A lot of the time people can write a great 10,000 words but you have to ask yourself, ‘can I write 80 to 100,000 words on this topic?’ because a lot of good non-fiction ideas that people think should be made into a book really should be turned into articles.”
I should probably mention that I’m quoted at the end as saying that in order to write a book “you’ve got to be a little bit mad.” I feel I can get away with that because I have written one book and am currently trying to finish my second.