How you can help

As you’ve probably read already, I am writing this book in a participatory manner, which means if you’re interested in helping, I’d love to have you join me! In the fifteen month period from January 2019 to May 2020, when the book is going through it’s formative period, there will be several different ways you can be part of the process.

Participation Opportunities

Social Media Collaborators. The lowest barrier to entry is probably interacting with me and the book on social media and the blog. I use Twitter as a sounding board often. I also use the blog to test ideas and work out issues I’m trying to resolve. As things appear in your feed, feel free to engage.

Collaborators. I will write the plans, outlines, and multiple drafts in Google Drive that are available for review, edits, and comments from anyone who feels led to contribute. This can be as big or little a task as you choose. It will require going to the Google Drive directory and commenting on documents in there. There will also be a form for you tell me your name and initials, so I can track who said what, and thank people appropriately when this is all over.

Invited Critical Friends. I will also solicit a cadre of critical friends who are professionals in the field to provide feedback on particular chapters and a few will get an entire draft. If you get an email from me asking if you’re free talk on the phone sometime soon, be warned… This will be a big ask, which is why I’m saving it for people I feel comfortable imposing on.

Copy editors. When the book has progressed far enough, I will also invite people to sign up to copy edit sections of the final draft. This process will involve downloading sections of the book as Word docs, editing them in Microsoft Word, and reuploading them. Each section will go through two copy editors for redundancy. This will be also be a big ask, for which I will be specifically asking only people with editorial expertise to volunteer.

There will doubtless be other tasks later on down the line: artwork and graphic design, copywriting, etc… I’ll save working on those opportunities until there’s something more book-like.

Have I left out any kind of role you might be interested in taking on? Let me know!

9 comments

  1. Hi Ed,

    Happy New Year!

    Happy to help out as a collaborator. I am sure I will hear from you about next steps.

    All the best,

    Sarah

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  2. Ed – you might be forgetting those who are going to buy the book and tell others all about it! 😉

    I’m so impressed with your process and reflections so far – looking forward to following this project as it develops, and happy to help out if useful to you.

    Good luck
    Janet

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    1. I am forgetting! My thought process gets me up to the point the manuscript is finished. Then it gets kinda fuzzy. Thanks for reminding me of that. I’ll make a note of it. And you’ll be on the list!

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  3. Ed
    I want to jump in! I’d love to contribute in any way. Go Collaboration!
    Thanks for being so open and inspiring.
    Catherine

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