I'm Marla Patterson, Acquisitions Manager for Fire Engineering Books & Video products. Our FEB&V development team of Jerry Naylis, Book Acquisitions Editor, and Mark Haugh, Video Producer, is always on the lookout for the newest and best educational materials from today's leading fire instructors and trainers.
However, the road to authorship (or 'video guru-ship', as it might be) can often feel bumpy and filled with potholes. New authors, and even those who have already been through the authoring process, often find themselves pondering questions such as
* How can I tell if my training book or video idea is any good?
* How do I submit a proposal (or better yet, WHY SHOULD I)?
* What's a project outline, and why do I need it?
* My proposal was accepted!!!!! So. . . what do I do now?
* I teach this stuff all the time---why can't I just write it the way I talk?
* Better yet, why can't that (bleeping) editor just leave it that way??
These questions, and many, MANY more are what we'll discuss in this group. We welcome your thoughts, concerns, and nightmares about bringing your "baby" through the proposal, development and production processes.
Obviously, if you have a specific project idea to discuss, you are welcome to contact Jerry, Mark , or me directly by e-mail. But for more generic questions about the publishing and video production process, the more we share these questions, the more we all learn.
So bring 'em on! I promise, we're pretty thick-skinned about most of these issues. Our ultimate goal is to shape your expertise and knowledge into the most effective and professional training product possible. You deserve it.
Now . . . .what's on your mind?
Marla Patterson, Acquisitions Manager
Jerry Naylis, FE Books Acquisitions Editor
Mark Haugh, FE Video Producer