I haven’t written one of these updates on the book I’m writing in about a month, and that’s largely because there isn’t too much to report. We’re still working on it and I’ve been building up a list of publishers and agents to pitch it to. (And, hey, if you’re interested, and think you can help, drop me an email!)
To reiterate, I’m co-writing a book relating to crowdsourcing, and I understand it’s a gamble on the publisher’s part, because the risk of betting on a book relating to technology is it can be, at best, somewhat outdated, and, at worst, absolutely obsolete, by the time it is released. I get that. But publishers aren’t exactly known to greenlight every pitch they get, anyway. It’s especially hard to get a book sold in this crummy economy, but agents and publishers are still hungry for good ideas. I know we have a great idea on our hands, and my friends who have had books published have told me it’s just a matter of getting the pitch in front of enough people. At best, in that case, you get a bidding war. At worst, you get a book published by someone you weren’t crazy about working with. But you still get a book out, and that’s what victory in this battle means.
Anyway, I have had some resourceful breakthroughs in compiling a list of publishers to pitch to, and hope it’ll help you.
I’ll post an update to see how this has fared for me, but I have a list of about 50 publishers to try this time out. I hope this helps you guys, too.
David Wolinsky is a freelance writer and a lifelong Chicagoan. In addition to currently serving as an interviewer-writer for Adult Swim, he's also a comedy-writing instructor for Second City. He was the Chicago city editor for The Onion A.V. Club where he provided in-depth daily coverage of this city's bustling arts/entertainment scene for half a decade. His first career aspirations were to be a game-show host.