Monday, January 26, 2009

One Publisher's Wish List

Recently, one publisher I work with sent me the following "wish list." Their wish is my wish. If you have a project that fills the bill, I'd love to hear from you.

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Overall

  • ANYTHING INNOVATIVE, EDGY, CONTROVERSIAL, OR HILARIOUS

Biography/Memoir/Pets

  • Dog memoir with a unique angle
  • Horse memoir with a unique angle
  • Memoirs relating to East-West, Middle East, or current-day Russian issues

Business

  • Leadership/management guides based on extensive studies
  • Leadership/management guides connected to major universities
  • Personal finance titles from top-platformed authors with a unique angle for down economies
  • Innovative books based on interactive multimedia content
  • Annual or perennial titles with major brands or companies
  • Self-help-type guide to choosing or changing careers

Contemporary Issues/Social Studies

  • Alternative/speculative books from platformed authors (“What if?” or “World without Us”-type projects)

Cooking

  • Innovative cookbooks based on interactive multimedia content
  • Interesting, nichey cookbooks: college, diet-specific, restriction-specific, cool food/entertainment themes (football, Academy Awards)

Crafts/Hobbies

  • Innovative craft or hobby books based on interactive multimedia content

Education

  • New teacher guides, particulary ones with a bit of edge speaking to a 20-something audience

Health/Beauty

  • Definitve or innovative book on aging, with a top-tier or celebrity author
  • Teen beauty books connected with top-platformed authors or top brands and/or with innovative approaches to the topic
  • Teen beauty books connected with top-platformed authors or top brands and/or with innovative approaches to the topic
  • Bargain and do-it-yourself spa and beauty tips

History

  • Key Revolutionary Era or Civil War book from a top-tier author
  • Unknown or little-know dramatic Revolutionary Era or Civil War stories, with wide appeal
  • Unknown or little-know dramatic world history stories, tied to topics with wide appeal (war, epidemic, disaster, invention, etc.)
  • Collections of myths or misconceptions about historical events
  • Alternative/speculative history books (“What if?”-type projects)

Humor

  • Humor books tied to significant websites or with significant web tie-ins
  • Humor books connected to or based on TV shows or films
  • Comic-strip or comic book tie-ins with innovative or content-rich approaches (not just collections)
  • Political humor titles

Medical

  • Innovative medical books based on interactive multimedia content

Parenting

  • Baby name books with unique angles, big platforms, or result from extensive studies
  • Pregnancy books connected with top-platformed authors or top brands and/or with innovative approaches to the topic
  • Pregnancy books with significant web or interactive multimedia connection and/or with innovative approaches to the topic
  • New baby/new parent books connected with top-platformed authors or top brands and/or with innovative approaches to the topic
  • New baby/new parent books with significant web or interactive multimedia connection and/or with innovative approaches to the topic
  • Pregnancy cookbook with top-platformed authors or top brands and/or with innovative approaches to the topic
  • Parent’s cookbook with top-platformed authors or top brands and/or with innovative approaches to the topic (the next Super Baby Food or Deceptively Delicious)
  • Discipline books with innovative approaches to the topic
  • “Specialty” baby names book (ones with a unique and specific approach to the topic) connected with top-platformed authors or top brands
  • Sleep solutions book connected with top-platformed authors or top brands
  • Anything that brings an innovative or fresh perspective or format to long-standing parenting topics
  • Special-needs parenting from a top-tier author or celebrity
  • Baby Sign Language author with professionally produced baby signing videos and a national platform
  • “Teach Your Child to Read” book for the parenting shelf from a top-tier author or program
  • Parenting humor or a funny pregnancy trivia book
  • Journals (pregnancy, first year, etc.)

Philosophy

  • Philosophy books connected to or based on TV shows or films

Poetry

  • Innovative poetry books (new formats, approaches, or based on interactive multimedia content)

Politics

  • Key political titles from top-tier authors
  • Political books based on interactive multimedia content

Reference

  • Dictionary, thesaurus, or other reference books books connected with top-platformed authors or top brands
  • Innovative dictionary, thesaurus, or other reference books based on interactive multimedia content

Science

  • Collections of myths or misconceptions about science or scientific events
  • Alternative/speculative books from platformed authors
  • Innovative science books based on interactive multimedia content
  • Pop science book on the top 100 or so things you should know about: alternative energy, current meds, recent research and discoveries from all sorts of fields from archeology to astronomy, that giant particle accelerator on the France/Switzerland border, etc. In the mold of damninteresting.com.

Sports

  • Innovative sports books based on interactive multimedia content
  • Innovative approaches to golf instuction, with well-platformed authors
  • Key sports titles with top-platformed or celebrity authors

Study Aids and Test Prep

  • Any book related to college admissions or college survival.
  • Language instuctions titles with alternative, edgy, or innovative approaches, or with interactive multimedia content.
  • ACT, LSAT, GRE, GMAT, or GED test prep titles or series connected to top-platformed authors or significant brands
  • Test-prep titles across all tests with alternative, edgy, or innovative approaches, or with interactive multimedia content
  • Books tied to significant websites or with significant web tie-ins
  • Books with interactive multimedia content

Travel

  • Guide to inexpensive travel (possibly roadtrips)

True Crime

  • Collections, trivia or other formats that are unique to the category (no single-story narratives)
  • True crime titles with interactive multimedia content

Answer Books (Q&A format)

· Answer Books: Sex (self-help and juvenile nonfiction versions)

· Buddhism

· Healthy brain

· Dog training

· Common Spanish phrases

Calendars

  • Obama/McCain political satires
  • Tie-ins with hit pop culture websites
  • Licensed tie-ins with top brands, TV shows and movies

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