When I decided to put together my upcoming book on self-publishing, I had many choices to make. I wanted a book that would be useful to as many people as possible, but I also realized that I could not be all things to all people. I know a lot about history, and I've learned even more about historical fiction. I know how to do historical and genealogical research. But I'm not much good in other areas. I can't, for example, give anyone advice on writing fantasy or science fiction. Vampires and space travel are just not my thing. I can't help with poetry or theoretical physics, either. In the end, I decided I could only write about what I know -- which is pretty good advice in itself.
If your projected writing project has nothing to do with history or research of any kind, feel free to skip those chapters. But off you're interested in writing historical fiction, or if you suspect that writing your novel will require you to do some research before you write, chapters 5 through 8 of The Second Mouse Gets the Cheese will be particularly important for you. Here's what they cover:
5. Explore Genealogy
6. Know the Difference between Fact and Fiction
7. Do Your Homework
8. Keep Asking Questions
Next week, we'll talk about the rest of the book. I don't have a launch date yet, but The Second Mouse Gets the Cheese will be out in time for the holidays. Remember, if you are interested in this book, either for yourself or as a gift for the budding writer in your life, you can pre-order it now at a special introductory price. Visit the Mouse's website at www.thesecondmousegetsthecheese.org