i need a topic for a new book
I'm soliciting ideas. I know, I know, that should be my responsibility, but I'm terrible at coming up with things to write about. My publisher passed on the blogging book (my acquisitions editor said she tried her best and "they'll be sorry!", and I believe her and agree!) so I'm sitting here twiddling my thumbs wondering what to pitch next. Usually I say to my acq editor "do you have anything on the wish list with no authors attached?" and that starts the conversation, but there's nothing on the wish list right now that I'm remotely interested in/qualified to write about.
I write books for beginners/foundation knowledge types of books. My strength is dissecting quasi-complicated topics and explaining them in jargon-lite language, so the topics can be completely understood by a novice. Unfortunately, I have no interesting quasi-complicated topic in front of me right now. Bah.
Last night, I started looking into helping out with the documentation for Mozilla
, but the whole process looks terrifyingly complicated...and I was
an actual technical writer for a number of years and I do
use CVS and Bugzilla. I think I may write to a real person first and see where I can help.
But I still would like to think of a book idea.