Duranies unite! My Duran-loving friends, I could use your help.
Good news first: There will be a Duranalysis book. And it’s not going to be just a bunch of repackaged blog content, either; this is going to be 100% original material. It’s going to be jam-packed with premium, uncut, all-new Duranny goodness. Nothing but the absolute best for you guys.
The bad news: I’m having trouble finding an agent to represent the project. Over the summer, I put together a slick, funny, insightful, meticulous, airtight, comprehensive, fifty-page book proposal, complete with a chapter-by-chapter breakdown and sample material, and last month I started cautiously sending it around. Here’s the first and thus far only response to the proposal: This sounds like a great project but I don't see that you have the social media numbers in place that will be needed to really convince a publisher.
I have a whole lot of thoughts on this subject, but the one I’m going to share here is this: Fair enough. Good to know. While visitors to my Duranalysis posts have numbered in the tens of thousands, I’ve kept my Twitter and Facebook pages pretty small and low-key; nobody has ever accused me of being a social media dynamo. Right now, that’s hurting my chances of getting a Duranalysis book published.
To rectify this, I’ve set up a brand-new Duranalysis Facebook page. If you get a kick out of Duran Duran, if you think a Duranalysis book is a good idea, please head on over there and click “Like”. I’m going to make an honest attempt to update it five days a week with fun, funny, short-form Duran-themed content; my lengthy Duranalyses will, as always, still be posted here. Hang out there, look around, leave comments, post your own links to Duran-themed stuff.
And spread the word to your Duranie friends! If you belong to any Duran-themed groups or message boards, let everyone know about it. I could use a massive signal boost. Massive.
What happens if I never land an agent for the project? No worries. In that event, I’ll publish it through my company, Luft Books. I’ve been hesitant to do that, because there are rights and clearances issues when dealing with books about real people* that I don’t have to worry about when publishing fiction, but one way or another, this is going to see the light of day.
*I’ve been assured by various reliable sources that the members of Duran Duran are all, in fact, real people. Yes, even Nick. I remain only about 65% convinced of this.
That’s my sales pitch. There's not much to add, so I’m going to go straight to the video of the week to take everyone into the weekend with grace and style. Because this is the last Friday Roundup before Tuesday’s election, this video is the obvious pick:
Have a great weekend. Get out and vote, everyone.