Gut Rumbles

May 31, 2005

i'm in

The book I've been working on (until my old computer crashed and ate almost everything I had written) was a compilation of blog-posts, linked by some narrative in between the posts. I thought it would make a nice, breezy airplane read, or something you could use to occupy a few hours of your time while you soaked up some rays on a beach somewhere.

It wasn't meant to be a heavy, intellectual book. It was supposed to be a "fun" read. I still intend to finish it, but in the meantime, I kinda like This idea:

Hey Y'all--

I've decided it's past time we all got published. By now, we all have plenty of content and together we can fill the pages of the first book (that I'm aware of)
that is a compendium of stories from Southern bloggers.

Here's the idea, you select the best two or three stories from your archives (or write a new one) and send me the text or a link. I'll compile them all into a book format, handle the processing and fees, etc., and we'll have our first book. If it works out well on this first effort, I'd like to begin work on a
second volume.

Last, but not least, we need to talk about money and copyrights, etc. I would like your suggestions, but at first blush, I'd propose me getting only 30% of the
profits for putting together the book, and splitting the remaining 70% between the contributors equally. As for rights, I would propose that the book only has
a one time use right.

So what do you think? I would like to see this take off and your help and suggestions will be invaluable. Also, if you know of other bloggers who might be
interested in this little venture, please let me know.



single Southern guy.

I think this is a GREAT idea. Hell, I don't give a damn if nobody makes a nickel off the deal, but the rest of the world NEEDS to see some good Southern bloggers in action. We're not all slack-jawed, mouth-breathing, inbred, racist red-necks. Some of us are EXCELLENT story-tellers.

Adam, I'm IN. Just tell me what I need to do and I'll be there. Plus, I can probably be a good recruiting officer for you. I've gotten drunk associated with a LOT of Southern bloggers over the past couple of years and there's some really good stuff out there. Put all of those people into one book and it could be explosive.

I LIKE that idea.


So do we, your humble readers, get to vote on which of your posts have been our favorites? Off of the top of my head, I can think of a few that had me rolling on the floor laughing! For days!

Posted by: Alaska Kim on May 31, 2005 02:06 PM

Don't have a blog but would like to submit a yarn or two. I don't care much about the money. Got enough to last me anyway but would like to see some of my bullshit published.

Posted by: GUYK on May 31, 2005 03:16 PM

Yeah, cuz only Southerners can write.

Posted by: Bane on May 31, 2005 03:31 PM

My mother will die today

Posted by: gr on May 31, 2005 03:42 PM

GR -- what is your problem? Go tell your mommy to change your diaper you immature little shit.

Posted by: Alaska Kim on May 31, 2005 04:12 PM

I believe that most of who were raised in the south have a different outlook on life then most of the rest of the country. We seem to be hardheaded cusses with an ironic sense of humor. Could be that for much of our lives we have been in a laugh or cry position and decided that to see the humor in the situation beat hell out of crying. Some say we laugh at dark humor but mostly we laugh at ourselves.

Posted by: GUYK on May 31, 2005 04:53 PM

Glad to have you onboard Rob. Just send me two or three of your best posts (whether it's your readers choice or yours doesn't matter to me).

Guy, just send them my way.

Posted by: Adam on May 31, 2005 04:54 PM

Count me in also, I live in the big town of Harris Neck Georgia, pop 36.

Posted by: catfish on May 31, 2005 05:21 PM

Great idea! I'd like to submit a couple of North Carolina essays. Profit-sharing unnecessary. Name and location of author would be credit enough, and may be of interest to readers as well. I retired from the publishing industry and it seems Adam is underpaying himself. A lot of time and labor between manuscript and book store shelf, Adam.

Posted by: Indigo on May 31, 2005 08:17 PM

Heh. If Indigo will lobby, maybe I'll up my fee.

Seriously, just send on your essays and we'll try to get them in!

Posted by: Adam on May 31, 2005 08:23 PM

I'll damn sure buy the book hell yess , excellent idea..
Oh and fuck you gr ya fucking asshole. Murry

Posted by: murry on May 31, 2005 10:39 PM

hi Rob, have you been able to recover the draft on your crashed computer? if not, there are several ways to access a hard drive. put the work out for a local geek. One way that often works is to take out the old drive, alter its status to "slave," then put it into a working machine. you can often then copy things frm the old drive. or, boot up old machine with a Knoppix Linux live CD, and to file transfers to CD writer, floppy, or some other medium.

Posted by: John Cunningham on May 31, 2005 11:58 PM

You definetly have many, many good posts/stories that are worth publication! I wonder if Adam ever considered making it available as an eBook?

Posted by: Michele on June 1, 2005 06:42 AM

Michele--the working idea would be to have it available both in print and as an e-book.

You're right--Rob has so much stuff we could do him a book on his own. Come to think of it Rob, I could put one together for you too as we go forward with this.

Posted by: Adam on June 1, 2005 09:11 AM
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