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Greetings,
I hope all is well and some may know of me: I have commissioned the likes of Ed Dyer, Tim McLelland, Tony Buttler and many more. I previously commissioned books at Ian Allan Publishing and The History Press, the latter being a waste of time and effort on my part. That said, I have been asked to join Fonthill Media to be launched this spring as their publisher. The first books are the definitive titles on the P-51 Mustang and Westland Whirlwind fighters, for example. I am in talks with Ed Dyer on other new books, but please, if you do have an idea for a book, by all means drop me a line so we can discuss it further:
j.slater (at) fonthillmedia.com and/or jayslater (at) uk2.net
With very best wishes,
Jay Slater
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Hi, in my opinion it should be nice to pubblish a book-encyclopedia about bombers. I really appreciate the book "The Complete Book of Fighters" wrote by William Green and Gordon Swanborough and I note the absence of a similar volume about bombers... I think that an hypothetical book "The Complete Book of Bombers" should be great.
 

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Unfortunately the bombers do not sell well. William Green never completed his series "War Planes of the Second World War". The publication stopped on Volume Ten (German Bombers).
Same thing happened to me with Reichdreams. "Arado Jet Bombers" Dossier no. 17 sold five times less that no 16 "Arado Jet Fighters"

PECUNIA NON OLET
(Vespasian, AD 69 to AD 79)
 

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Have been looking for the definitive book on the Ju 88, however, after the successful He 177 I worked on for IAP some years back.
 

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I would certainly be very interested in a good book on bombers, especially if it included some of the more interesting or advanced proposals & projects, too.
 

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I would certainly be very interested in a good book on bombers, especially if it included some of the more interesting or advanced proposals & projects, too.
me too
 

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While I am not in a position to write it, I would love to see a definitive book on tandem wing designs, from early days to the French innovators like Peyret, Mignet, Delanne and Payen to the English experiments at Westland and Miles right on through to the Rutan designs like the Quickie.
 

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Mole said:
While I am not in a position to write it, I would love to see a definitive book on tandem wing designs, from early days to the French innovators like Peyret, Mignet, Delanne and Payen to the English experiments at Westland and Miles right on through to the Rutan designs like the Quickie.
Very interesting idea! I'm for books with a little more flavor and originality, myself.

Honestly, I still wonder how anybody can claim to come up with the "definitive book" on subjects like the Mustang, the Spitfire, the Fortress or the Thunderbolt, when hundreds of books, articles and monographies have been published... and especially what else is to be expected of new books on these subjects...

There are so many nooks and crannies in aviation history that have long been overlooked and that DO deserve a definitive book: My fondest dream is to one day publish one on Curtiss flying boats, but there are many other topics that would greatly enrich knowledge on aviation if anybody took to the task of properly researching for them.

Deciding that "fighters sell" and "bombers don't" and turning this into an editorial line is typical of today's rational thinking: put out stuff that sells, period. I'm glad that early publishers such as Profile Publications (Aircraft in Profile) or Monogram (Close Up) did not think in those terms and went ahead publishing cheap yet very informative booklets on lesser known types. And I'm glad that there are still a few publishers to do that (the Mushroom Model series come to mind, Albatros's Windsock Files, or Ginter's Navy and Air Force Fighters series too).

Big expensive so-called definitive books can very well coexist with cheaper, profile-size books on less popular but historically significant subjects. I think a publisher ought to aim at publishing a bit of both.
 

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Morning!
'...and especially what else is to be expected of new books on these subjects...'
I would suggest the format, unpublished images, photos, human stories, etc. And we are also publishing cheaper, profile-size books on lesser known aircraft.
 

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Jayslater said:
Morning!
'...and especially what else is to be expected of new books on these subjects...'
I would suggest the format, unpublished images, photos, human stories, etc. And we are also publishing cheaper, profile-size books on lesser known aircraft.
I hope you understand I didn't mean this remark in a derogatory way. I was just expressing the idea that each new book on those subjects claims to be the ultimate but there's still tons that could still be told or shown (as you rightly said), so it can't really be as definitive as they claim...

But at the end of the day, I guess there are two different types of readers: those like me who are interested in the inception of the aircraft, either civilian or military, who designed them, how they were thought out, developed, test-flown etc.; and those who are more into the operational career and human experience side of things, which is mostly related to war stories.
 

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Of course not, and I value your opinion. It all helps at the end of the day for the publisher to understand concerns and wants of the market. But I am all ears if anyone should have ideas for books. I have received a number of e-mails from this site and hope to move forwards with gusto.
With very best wishes,
Jay
 

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As the author of the upcoming Mustang book for Fonthill Media I must clarify that it will not be the definitive work on the subject but rather a comprehensive work on the subject loaded with illustrations, tables, appendices and first person accounts. - Steve Pace
 

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Well, the kind of books I want to buy :

American Secret Pusher Fighters of World War II
XP-54, XP-55 and XP-66
by Gerald H. Balzer

If I should keep only 1 book with me, I will keep this one : a great book with outstanding text and photos (not thumbnails...).

I would like to find this kind of books on :

XB-42 and XB/YB-43

USAF's Penetration Fighters XF-88, XF-90 and YF-93

C-74 Globemaster

Northrop XP-61E / F-15 Reporter

XB-46, XB-47, XB-48...

F3 Demon

F4 Phantom prototypes

and so on...
 

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Looking for authors here is like leaving your sister sitting in a cherry red Corvette parked in front of a Marines base.... :D
 

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A couple of years ago, the XF-12 Rainbow would have been at the top of my list, but Mike Machat took care of that. (Thanks!)

The C-74 is certainly an enigmatic aircraft that deserves to be heard from. That might be a natural for Steve Ginter's "Air Force Legends" series.

Someone mentioned the XB-45 through XB-48; another good topic might cover the XB-29 thru XB-33. And I'd like to know more about the DC-5/R3D and its relation to the Model 7 bomber.

Maybe a book about the mixed-powerplant aircraft that were popular for a time around the end of WW II. The FR-1 Fireball is the best known, but don't forget the XF15C, the XTB3F (which lost the jet when it became the AF), the P4M Mercator, the Mikoyan I-250, and others of that type.
 

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Hi! I have a new suggestion for a book: what do you think about a book of Czechoslovakian's aircraft?? I was searching some informations about some Avia and Aero projects of '20 and '30 but I have found very little... It would be nice to have a book about that, do you agree?
 

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There were two volumes. Not only they are packed with great images but they are still the best books ever on Czech aviation, despite their being about 30 years old. A treasure to cherish in any collection!
 
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