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23-01-2013, 06:35 AM
RE: TTA forum book. A great idea! Me love you long time!
This all seems to be quite the ambitious undertaking, and quite interesting.

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23-01-2013, 06:56 AM
RE: TTA forum book. A great idea! Me love you long time!
(23-01-2013 06:19 AM)DLJ Wrote:  Lovely idea dude.

To make it less of task we should use existing material where possible. Most of the content is already written (in the threads).

Agree with Phaedrus regarding editing.

Also required is the content. The obvious choice is to align the forum thread sections to the chapter headings which means that readers can easily find more on a subject that interests them.

A debate should be had over the chapter order (to achieve maximum impact i.e. do we start heavy and end light or vice versa or mix it up.

Also required is the chapter structure. I suggest:
a) Paragraph 1: An selection of OPs (which effectively describe what the chapter is about)
b) Paragraph 2 to nn: Supporting contributions / opposing views
c) Paragraph nn+1: Derail / witty / bitchy additions / upside down dogs / recipes, to demonstrate the fun side of this place (keep these 'short' and 'fatal' (if you get my drift))
d) Last Paragraph: A new bit... a summary from someone on how the thread or the whole section or even just one of the posts affected them / changed their views.

Also, of course, I agree with Bemore's poetry idea (pick me, pick me) using the 'like' as a voting mechanism.

Regarding the financial bit... not worried, do whatever works.

I think derails should be their own chapter, not mixed in with regular content.

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23-01-2013, 07:50 AM
RE: TTA forum book. A great idea! Me love you long time!
(23-01-2013 01:34 AM)Buddy Christ Wrote:  So here's an idea I had that needs some input, some tweaking, some lube, and some words.

I want to write and compile a book, written by members of TTA, with all earnings being donated to the TTA site.

We will all contribute ideas, content, the book title and cover, and decide upon which ones to use as a community. I'm not quite sure what to include though. Maybe each member gets a couple of pages to say anything they want - possibly real life stories of how you lost your faith or advice for new atheists or really anything you want to say. For those who are terrible at writing and don't like to use paragraphs or spell check, the formatting will also be done by the community.

So once we decide the pages allotted and the format of this thing, whoever wants in can post their piece in this thread, which will be met with suggestions and approval/denial by the other members (we may not want to include 17 pages of your dog Puddles and his favorite activities).

I don't know how we'll handle the financial part without a certain amount of trust. Regardless of who we list as the author (I was just gonna put "by TheThinkingAtheist Community" or something similar), it's going to have to go on someone's account (for Amazon, BnN, iBooks). I was just going to take the reigns and put it on my account (I want the bonus of people buying this book to see an "also by this author" sidebar = traffic to my book). I've already got everything set up, so adding another book would be easy. Financially, I was just going to post like a monthly screenshot of the revenue (supposing there is any, let's not get ahead of ourselves) and then donate that much each month. Like I said, trust.

So what does everyone think? Depending on how many people want to contribute a story, I say we give each person up to roughly 10 pages (maybe just take your best forum thread and spice it up a bit). Meanwhile, cover art and ideas can be discussed and voted on. Each "chapter" will begin with your real name (if you want) and your forum name, maybe with an intro and afterword by me, since I'm spearheading this thing. I don't believe we need permission from Seth, because it's essentially just a collection of people contributing towards a site donation.


Do you want original writing or postings from the forum? There seems to be some confusion about this in the responses.

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23-01-2013, 08:54 AM
RE: TTA forum book. A great idea! Me love you long time!
Can I suggest at the bottom of every page we have a saying from "words we dont want to forget"

A lot of wisdom in their Cool

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You are your own emphasis.
So I say nothing.

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23-01-2013, 09:17 AM
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An interesting concept but the logistics of it will be difficult to boot. Properly editing a manuscript isn't just about fixing grammar. Sometimes it is grammatically correct with no spelling errors and just reads like rubbish. I imagine my ability to write for a popular audience is pretty low and would require a good editor to polish a bit, because it wouldn't really be like writing a post on here.

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23-01-2013, 09:35 AM
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If you are going to include zombies, then I'm all for it.

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23-01-2013, 11:19 AM
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(23-01-2013 09:35 AM)frankiej Wrote:  If you are going to include zombies, then I'm all for it.

... and dragons.

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23-01-2013, 11:22 AM
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(23-01-2013 11:19 AM)DLJ Wrote:  
(23-01-2013 09:35 AM)frankiej Wrote:  If you are going to include zombies, then I'm all for it.

... and dragons.


... and sparkly unicorns.

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23-01-2013, 11:25 AM
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(23-01-2013 11:22 AM)Chas Wrote:  
(23-01-2013 11:19 AM)DLJ Wrote:  ... and dragons.

... and sparkly unicorns.

... and titty sprinkles.

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23-01-2013, 11:41 AM
RE: TTA forum book. A great idea! Me love you long time!
Sparkly unicorns? What are you, 12?

Keep the zombies and the titty sprinkles. That's gold, right there.
















(lol. Sparkly unicorns. lololololol)

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