posted on Jul, 5 2005 @ 12:30 PM
Hello there, Meshuggah1324!
Glad to see a fellow writer getting their groove on. If I may offer a few bits of advice before I offer subject material, it may save you a lot of
1.) Are you writing to get published, or for self-edification (such as a web page)?
If you are writing to get published, and I assume this is to be a non-fiction book, I would very heartily recommend that you get a book such as "The
Dummy's Guide to Getting Published", which will give you the proper format and methods for courting publishers. I won't go into all the detail
here, but typically, you do not write an entire non-fiction book first. You write up an introduction, have a list of chapters with a brief summary,
and a bibliography and sheet of referenced experts whom you are going to collect data from.
Then you propose the book to publishers (or agents) until one of them likes it. They try to sell the idea to their board, and if the board likes it,
they ask you to write the work.
Now as fair warning, the subject matter you are writing on is a terribly saturated market. The competition is going to be so immense that your work
must be incredibly well researched, with more than mere testimony and photographs. Otherwise, perhaps extremely in-depth stories, but most of the
inexplicable ones have already been performed.
The bright side is that it is a very thirsty market as well. People LOVE books on UFOs. So even the worst pulp may be salable if it passes a cursory
2.) Keeping this in mind, in order to better sell your material, I would recommend you specialize it a bit. Perhaps you could do an entire book on how
Spectacular UFO photo and videos fakes, along with a section on unprovable fakes (especially as you have two expert video-graphics UFO enthusiasts on
the board to interview). Or, you could concentrate on the changes in people's life after they have allegedly been abducted, such as new abilities or
mental disorders. Or you could do a book on how UFO/Aliens appear in historic art and how they compare to modern sitings. If it's specialized,
there's less chance that another readily-available UFO book will address that issue, and thus will appeal to more UFO enthusiasts as something other
than just another book of frisbee and monkey photos.
3.) In writing non-fiction, you absolutely must try to remove bias from the picture. Though many non-fiction books are published with bias, the
more detached ones usually weather the years of criticism a lot better. If you act as if you are having to present this material to a group of highly
skeptical scientists, but must use layman's terms, this may give you an idea of the attitude you need to take. Passionate writing has no place among
non-fiction books on semi-taboo topics. If you write with the attitude that aliens are real, and people are stupid not to believe, the only ones
likely to be impressed by your book are the very ones who didn't need your book to hold those beliefs. Let your audience decide for themselves, based
on the evidence you present.
That's about it for now. Lemme know if you have any questions.