05/06/11 617 W - + 4 - 3 Thinking About a Book

Okay, you got me thinking about those former airport EMS stations. Pictures probably exist of both. Maybe personal photos. Maybe newspaper photos. Such pictures would be perfect for a photo history of rescue and EMS. Local history, say, just Wake County.

Who makes such local history books? Arcadia Publishing, for starters. Their Images of America series is what Yours Truly used for his Raleigh & Wake County Firefighting books. They’re thin paperbacks, about 120 pages. Photo-intensive, usually two page. Plus captions. Plus some text sections.

Who wants to write this one? My project plate’s a bit full, but here are some of the steps required for prospective authors. Based on how I approached my books, that is.

Question: Will you get royalties?

Answer: Yes, this particular publisher—Arcadia—is a for-profit company. Not a vanity press. You’ll get an amount per book, based on sales.

Question: Will you make money?

Answer: Yes, if your expenditures are less than your royalties. But you mind spend some dough to make the thing. Photo scans at the State Archive are $4 a pop, for example. That adds up if you start ordering dozens and dozens.

To be continued, some time.

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