I've been watching the news lately and see a lot of talk about Iran and its idiot president who claims the Holocaust didn't happen and about the possibility that the US is planning to attack Iran to take out its nascent nuclear abilities.
On the one hand, I don't think we need to be in another war with a Muslim country. On the other hand, I think if we were to take on Iran, we'd improve the situation in Iraq, since I feel a lot of the problems there are exacerbated by the Iranians. Plus do you want Iran to have the bomb? I sure as hell do not. It's surely a very complex issue and I'm not sure there's a truly "right" answer. That said, I'm looking for books on the following:
- Military nonfiction
- Current Affairs/Events
- Defense/National Security/Intelligence
When you look at this list, think of authors like my old political science professor, John Mueller, or Thomas Barnett. I want serious consideration of these topics by serious people. You have to have the platform and credentials to write authoritatively about the subject. If Bill Maher would like you on his show, I'd be interested in your book proposal. If the New York Times would publish your op-ed, I'd probably be interested in your proposal. You don't have to be wonky, but it probably does not hurt.
I am also looking for works that might be complementary to those subject areas, specifically books having to do with the following:
- Science & Technology
- Science & Nature, especially with an environmental or ecological angle
- Popular Science
- Journalistic nonfiction of an investigative nature
- Women's issues, from a woman's right to choose to breaking through the glass-ceiling at work
- True Crime
To write in these areas, you really need to know your stuff, though you might not necessarily be a known quantity to the average reader. I had never heard of Paul Offit before I began representing him, but when I learned of his credentials, I was very impressed. I can't tell you who runs the various departments of the Smithsonian, but if one of them has a book proposal, I'd like to see it. I can't name every national reporter from the Times (NY or LA) or The Wall Street Journal, but their background should be more than sufficient. Heck, the right local reporter writing about the right local story could be the right person to write about the local serial killer or corporate or political villain.
As always, if you have great credentials and are able to write well and in a compelling manner about your subject, I will be interested in learning more.