Earlier this year, I published a 116-page PDF ebook about personal finance. Next week, I'm attending a conference with fellow financial bloggers. Is there a way to convert my PDF book to a physical print version (even if it's just one or ten copies) in just a few days so that I can show it to people? Cost isn't really an object. I know I've come up with this idea at the last minute...
This weekend, I saw True Grit. I loved it so much that I bought the book. The book is fantastic. (Why is this not considered a classic?) I'd love to discover other books that have been eclipsed by the film adaptation, but which deserve attention in their own right — books like True Grit, Cool Hand Luke, To Kill a Mockingbird (okay, everyone knows that's a good book), and so on. Help me find great (but lesser-known) books that have inspired great (and well-known) movies.
I have a web site. I want to write a book based on the topic. I have publishers/agents asking to talk to me, but I don't know if I'm ready. For one thing, I'm not convinced traditional publication is best — I'm intrigued by self-publishing and e-books. I'm looking for general advice: What are the pros and cons of each method? It seems that unless I'm lucky, traditional publishing offers the lowest dollar return. But are there other, intangible benefits I'm missing? Exposure? Having somebody who knows what they're doing guide me along? And how do I approach a discussion with agents/publishers so as to get the best deal? [more inside]
I'm looking for sites related to American popular culture from the early 20th century: books, films, radio, magazines, music, dance, comic strips, celebrities — you name it. I'm particularly interested on the period between the wars, but open to great stuff from before (and during) World War I, as well. Little Nemo, Keystone Kops, the Lindy Hop, Enrico Caruso, Fatty Arbuckle, Al Jolson, Clara Bow, Flash Gordon, Alice blue, Teddy bears, etc. These are all the sorts of things I'm after, especially as they're represented on the web. Bonus points for sites with RSS feeds. [more inside]
Lately I've been on a sort of Africa kick. I'm mostly ignorant of the continent, and think that's a shame. Can you recommend good books and films on Africa? (Any aspect is fine: big or small.) [more inside]
Where can I find an on-line checklist (sorted by month) of Marvel comics released in the 1970s? I've run out of google ideas. I found a fantastic silver age checklist, more detailed than I actually need for the seventies, but can't find information for 1972 and beyond. (Only this chronology, which is informative, but not what I'm after.)