Help Wanted: a new book


Ever since publishing The Simple Path to Wealth, the idea of publishing another book has been rattling around in my brain. I’ve just needed time for the memory of how awful a task writing a book is to fade. So far it has taken half a decade.

A couple of months ago I started on a new one, but after a few weeks it felt like it was going down the wrong path and it wasn’t much fun. I then spent a couple more weeks trying a different approach but my enthusiasm was spent. By then I was scheduled to go in for some minor surgery and recovery from that took longer than I planned. That’s mostly because I planned to recover faster than my doctors did.

In any event, that gave me time to mull over this whole second book project and I decided to move on to what I had thought might be my third book. This one is a much shorter, more humorous cautionary tale of an investment gone wrong. It should be much easier to get done and, since it is entertaining and whimsical, more fun too.

I’m in the process of the final rewrites of the manuscript and, as I did with The Simple Path to Wealth, it is time to seek out the professional help needed for the next steps. Who better to look to than the amazing people who already follow my work? After all, the readers of this blog are the smartest, most talented, most professional and most competent group of folks on the planet. From what I’ve seen, the best looking too.

Indeed, already I’ve engaged outstanding talent from your ranks:

  • Lucas, who now provides all the tech support that keeps things humming along so smoothly around here these days.
  • The team that made The Simple Path to Wealth a reality
  • Mr. Money Mustache, who wrote its Foreword.
  • And, of course, Joan and Brian who are responsible for my now famous (infamous?) F-you money video.

The fact that these people all love this blog and respect its mission, makes their efforts all the more compelling.

So if you feel the same way, would like to join their ranks and (importantly!) have one of the professional skills listed below needed to make this new book the absolute best it can be, please let me know.

Here’s what I’m looking for:

  • Illustrators. My original thought was to have one illustrator, but now I am thinking it might be fun to showcase the work of several. In keeping with the theme of the book, I am looking for fun and whimsical styles. Each illustration will have its own page in the book.
  • Proofreaders. You’ll be an expert in grammar and punctuation and yet understanding when I chose to violate them. 
  • Interior layout and design.  I know I could do this myself on Amazon, and many do. But in my view this is a highly skilled task best done professionally and by someone who understands what best works for the book’s message.
  • Amazon/KDP setup and publishing. Physically getting the finished product downloaded and published on Amazon.
  • Book size. I’d be interested in guidance as to what the physical size of the book should be. 
  • Cover design. The vast majority of book covers leave me cold. Especially those done for non-fiction books. A great cover can make all the difference.
  • Other important tasks that need to be done and that I’ve overlooked. Tell me what it is and why you’re the one to do it.

If you are interested, please send me an email: jlcollinsnh@comcast.net and…

  • Put the task you are interested in on the subject line.
  • Tell me about your professional experience in doing this.
  • Share samples of your work.
  • Tell me what you charge.
  • Tell me anything else you’d like me to know.

Please only respond if you have professional experience in this stuff. While engaging readers who are enthusiastic supporters of this blog and it’s mission is important, that alone is not enough.

Thanks in advance for your help!

And thanks, too, to all of you who have pestered asked me about a second book over these last couple of years and who have nagged encouraged me to get on with it. Your interest and enthusiasm has meant more to me than you know.

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Addendum:

Calling all illustrators!

This post has taught me something about my followers. Seems I have lots (and lots!) of proofreaders and very few illustrators.  So, calling all illustrators! Please check out the post and show me your work! 

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Comments

  1. Jack R says

    Very exciting! While I don’t have any of the skills required to be apart of the second book, I do have a looming question.

    What are your thoughts on a passive investing/index fund bubble? I know, I know. The expert on Wall Street can’t predict a bubble any better than the average joe … but the theory to me has its merits.

  2. vorlic says

    I’ll be a proofreader. I have inherited my mother’s hatred of rogue apostrophes, at least. Will that do?!

  3. wendy says

    Hey Jim
    That Morgan Housel book is another one I buy in multiples to hand out to unsuspecting friends and coworkers… along with yours and the Millennial Rev book and two books on neuroscience by Dean Burnett: ‘Idiot Brain’ and ‘Happy Brain’.
    They’re a small investment in helping my friends/colleagues start thinking about thinking and how to step aside from the BS.
    Best wishes on the new book – looking forward to it!!

  4. Olin says

    Glad to know there is a forthcoming Simple Path part II book. Your writing style is unique and easy to comprehend.

    Please don’t go down the wrong path with overused clichés such as “that being said,” or “having said that.” It is like screeching finger nails on a blackboard and really messes with my AD&D. 🙂

  5. gofi says

    comcast.net – come on Mr. Collins. Surely someone who subscribes to Republic Wireless can do better 🙂 I normally don’t buy books, but yours I will.

  6. DraggonFIRE says

    You’ve got nothing on George R. R. Martin (Game of Thrones) when it comes to procrastinating on the next book…. 🙂

    Looking forward to it!

  7. MyFinancialShape says

    Hey Jim
    Enjoyed your first book and am looking forward to your second one. I am sure you will put together a great team with specialists from our wonderful community that provides you with help so that you can focus on writing your book.
    Cheers

  8. JP says

    I would suggest you tweak your call for creative talent (illustrators). You want to use terms: creative team, creative collaboration, graphic design, etc.

    Also, outline what exactly you want from the creative team. You want to use terms the millennials are using so that when people share your call for work, they don’t skip by.

    I will send you a direct email of some local examples for exemplars. 🙂

  9. Cristina says

    Yey !!!! Oh I cannot wait !!! We all learn everyday and I cannot wait to learn more from you in your next awesome book !

  10. Lynne Drake says

    Here’s a tip – make your book a size that fits easily on bookseller’s shelves!
    I was surprised when I tried to get an oversized book into a store – the owner said he didn’t have much room for awkward sizes…

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