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Topic - What Climbing Book Do You Want Written?

Damo on 12 Mar 2013
So I was reading this interview with US marketing guru Seth Godin: http://www.roninmarketeer.com/2013/01/04/seth-godin-on-the-icarus-deception/#.UT8TWo7sIhU

He poses this interesting question with regard to writing a new book:
"What I was trying to do was maximize the connection. I set out to say, “Can I find 4,000 or 5,000 people who want to come with me on this journey so that I can go about—now this is key—making books for my readers instead of finding readers for my books?” So, once I knew that there were people like you and others who were waiting for me to make something for them, it changes the way you write, and it changes what you build."

I think it's an interesting idea that is suitable for a relatively small and niche segment of the publishing industry like climbing, particularly alpine climbing. Don't try to appeal to masses of anonymous strangers. Rather, find the people who like and trust your writing, and are interested in your usual subjects, will pay to read you, and ask them what they would like to read from you next. To some extent some of this has been done before by authors in other areas, but I don't think it has been done in such a small and focussed way, in this area, using this type of connection.

So, UKC, what book would you like to see written? And by whom?

My choices? Bio of Doug Scott, a history of climbing in the Khumbu, an english-language overview of Japanese Himalayan climbing in the 70s & 80s, a biography of Bill Tilman...

Note: I'm putting this in this particular forum because that's general subject matter I'm interested in reading about. It could apply to other forums - rock, gear, photography etc. But the kind of book I'm interested in reading will be about Expedition and/or Alpine climbing, more than those other things.

Note2: I know a lot of people have expressed interest in a Joe Brown autobiography, but apparently that is not going to happen.
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