I talked to a few publishers this year about doing a book of Badlangauge.net. I even wrote a few pitches.
The problem is that the book I wanted to write was different from the book editors wanted to publish.
I couldn’t put my finger on the problem except that they kept on referencing titles like The Tipping Point, The Long Tail, Freakonomics and similar titles.
Now, thanks to Wired, I can see what they were getting at. I loved and deeply dug their article last month: What’s the big idea? It contains a DIY guide to coming up with a catchy, paradoxical title and a winning premise.
As with Hollywood, the book that is good is different from the book that will sell. Anyhow, I’m flat out with business prose until Christmas at the earliest and then I probably have to put together a book for a client. I’m still working away on my book for pilots (If I’m going to write a book for no money, I might as well write it about something I love). I guess BadLanguage.net won’t hit the bookshelves for a while yet. But you can get it all here for nothing!