In August we began a discussion about writing books for National Novel Writing Month, which goes from November 1-30.
If you do a quick search on the "history of book publishing" you will quickly discover that, as the online Encyclopedia Britannica puts it, "The history of publishing is characterized by a close interplay of technological innovation and social change, each promoting the other."
Publishing used to be something only people with printing presses and/or lots of money could do. Now any of us can walk into a public library, start a blog, and find an audience.
We're now a publishing house.
Some of you are interested in writing a book. That is a bold endeavor and it's not something that an individual does alone. There are many aspects to writing, and even more needs to be done to create a finished book. Every author needs support in the form of editing, page layout, graphic design, etc.
Please comment to this post with an idea of what you do well and how you'd like to participate. If you're writing a book, you will be deep into one project; if you're performing a support function you may have the option to work on more than one.
(NOTE: In the words of Rush, "If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice." If you do not comment to this post by Monday [10.8] night, your role-- and a large part of your obligation to this course for the rest of the semester-- will be decided by someone else.)