I’ve written several articles and quite a few editorials, but I’ve never really put much thought into how different it would be to write a book. And being that the only books that I have ever read were all technical of some sort or magazines (which I personally don’t think can be categorized as a book) I really didn’t think much about the how different it might be. I think the most obvious and beneficial to me is the table of contents; starting with that makes it a lot easier for me to keep track of subjects and when they should be introduced… This still doesn’t help me keep my thoughts organized though. I have a terrible habit of vomiting out ideas when they aren’t needed, presumably because my brain is thinking too many steps ahead of my typing abilities, but this is where my trusty editor comes in handy. She is not afraid to smack my hand and move things around so that my ramblings become somewhat coherent to those who don’t suffer from ADHD. I’m lucky to have her on board… There are of course several other differences to writing a book over a technical article, but I don’t feel like talking about them right now, so you’ll have to check back when I post my next blog entry.
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The rumors are true; I am finally going to write a technical book that focuses on the peculiarities of air-adjustable suspension systems. Not only have I heard from (insert anyone I’ve talked to over the last 5 years here) that I should write something to help out the industry, but it is something that I have been thinking about doing for years. In all actuality, I started writing one several years ago that just didn’t seem right at the time, but now it seems that everything is falling into place to make this book a reality.
The book will be written in a way to explain the reasons why I have been pushing certain theories over the years and how you can apply them to your customer’s vehicles or vehicles of your own. In other words, I don’t want to tell you how to build something; instead I am going to explain why it works, so that you have helpful information which will enable you to figure it out for yourself. Fundamentally all vehicles are the same, so the theories are universal. I also intend to address basic dynamics, including figuring bag sizes, why shocks are important, bad habits of the industry, and a lot of other things that I’ve never been able to fit into my magazine articles. I will finally have the space to explain everything that I’ve wanted to share over the years without being stifled by corporate type editors. That also means I can be a smart-ass without worrying what an editor is going to cut out of my story, so the book won’t read like a high school history book. Thank the internet for self-publishing! Self-publishing does pose a recognizable problem though: financing. As self-publishing also means self-financed AND because Kickstarter.com denied my proposal, I need to figure out a way to fund this beast to keep it rolling.
For now the idea is this: I have asked Brian Stupski of Problem Child Kustom Studio to design the cover art for my book (no surprise here) and being that Brian has this amazing ability to take something as mundane as a salt shaker and render it in a way that makes you want to print it on a shirt and wear it to your 30-year class reunion, I figured that his cover art would kick even more ass on a shirt than would said previously described salt shaker. I will sell these shirts on this site, offering different investment options at varying price levels. The specifics have not yet been solidified, but I promise to keep you posted as things progress.