It sounds like utter spam, but it’s true. It’s National Write-A-Novel Month and the good people at 33 & 1/3 are putting that idea into action – they’re accepting book proposals until December 31st. If you don’t know about the 33 & 1/3 series, here’s the idea in a nutshell: pamphlet-sized, 100-120 page books, each focusing on a classic album, and each written by different authors in wildly varying styles. The 33 & 1/3 editors have cultivated an eclectic collection of writing styles that mirrors the breadth and adventure of a good record collection.
Notable titles in the series include Music From Big Pink, Forever Changes, Paul’s Boutique, Dusty In Memphis, Exile On Main St, Electric Ladyland, and many more. The series now exceeds 60 in number, and almost every title can be recommended to any serious music fan.
Anyway, I’m in!
At first I thought there was no way I could write a book proposal, but when I thought about it in blogging terms, it became much more realistic. The required 2000 word proposal + 500 word qualifier represents a week of blog posts here. It’ll take a couple of weeks of research and work, plus the requisite couple of weeks of polish – but put in those terms this doesn’t seem like such a Herculean task. Certainly well worth the opportunity to get my name on one of these great books.
Last time 33 & 1/3 accepted proposals (two years ago), they received 450 proposals, and handed out 20 contracts. You can do the math, but those don’t seem like such long odds to me.
Just for the heck of it, I’ve created a mock-up of what my book might possibly definitely look like:
But this post isn’t about my book, it’s about your book.
If you could write a book about any album, what would it be, and why?
[I’m not even asking for a 2,500 word, multi-part proposal, just a comment…]