Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Co-Authoring a Book

Tomorrow, we have two wonderful authors coming to Straight From Hel. James R. Boylston and Allen J. Wiener are co-authors of David Crockett in Congress: The Rise and Fall of the Poor Man’s Friend.

Jim Boylston has had a lifelong interest in David Crockett and the Alamo and is the founder and moderator of the Alamo Studies Forum, a web based discussion group dedicated to the serious study of the Alamo and the Texas Revolution.

Allen Wiener is the author of The Beatles: The Ultimate Recording Guide and co-author of Music of the Alamo. In addition, he has written for many publications, including The Washington Post, People, and American History. You can find more information about him at Crockett in Congress, including a link to his blog, Allen's Corner.

Their book has been receiving high praise since its debut. Pulitzer Prize winning author Jon Meacham said: "James R. Boylston and Allen Wiener have done a masterful job of recovering the real David Crockett, a figure of enormous historical significance in the tumultuous and critical Jacksonian age." When the authors appeared at the 2009 Texas Book Festival, CSPAN Book TV was there to tape their talk.

David Crockett in Congress has been called the first book to explain why even the history books have not provided a full and accurate portrait of this American legend. Boylston and Wiener present missing correspondence that sets the record straight on this historical legend. Crockett's letters, speeches, and political circulars were used to define Crockett, as well as here-to-fore unpublished documents, and all the political writings of Crockett, as well as a complete collection of Crockett holographs and portraits.

Boylston and Wiener will be here to talk about co-writing such a research-heavy and intensive book. They have a lot of advice for writers thinking about undertaking a co-author project.

I hope you’ll stop by tomorrow and ask questions.
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Today through Thursday, the 25th, I'm over on Stephen Tremp’s blog, Breakthrough Blogs, talking about author websites. I hope you’ll stop by to talk about your website, how you set it up (or had it set up) and what works for you.

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24 comments:

  1. Hi there,
    Are you an insomniac also? Can't sleep (it's 1 am here in NM). This book sounds fascinating. I was intrigued with Davy Crocket since I was a small child. Will have to check this out.
    karen

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  2. What an amazing book! And...wow. The amount of research involved would be daunting. I'll be sure to check in tomorrow!

    Elizabeth
    Mystery Writing is Murder

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  3. Fascinating book idea. Definitely will look forward to the feature post. I'll stop over to Tremp's blog also - that's a topic that I'm interested in as I'm currently working on a new author website.

    Marvin D Wilson

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  4. Marvin, last year I did a revision of mine and then I try to keep it active, not static.

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  5. I've often wondered about Crockett and if there was more to him we didn't know about. This book sound like the answer to my questions.

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  6. This sounds like a fascinating book. I can’t imagine the number of hours of research it must have required. I’ll definitely be back to find out more. I’ll also ‘see’ you at Stephen Tremp’s blog.

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  8. Sounds exciting, see you tomorrow!

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  9. Crockett is such a looming figure in history, esp here in TX, that it's fascinating to read things not in the history book.

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  10. Sounds fascinating, especially since the Alamo is nearby. We hear a lot of Crockett stories, so many that it would be nice to know which ones are true.

    And I have an award for you at my blog.

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  11. I remember the first time I visited the Alamo. I was really surprised. I had envisioned it out in the middle of fields or open land. It was smack in the middle of downtown San Antonio.

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  12. My head is throbbing just thinking of all that research! Thrilling and terrifying at the same time.

    Be back tomorrow!

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  13. I'm so happy I'm a fiction writer and can make all this up as I go along! Ha!! But I really appreciate the hard work and extensive amounts of research that go into a project like this. Looking forward to reading what they have to say! Thanks for posting, Hel.

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  14. Not only did they do all the research, they did it and combined it while living far apart.

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  15. I know my adult son will love this book. It sounds very interesting and I will visit your blog appearance on websites tomorrow. Anything to help my amatuer efforts.

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  16. I'll be by tomorrow. When I was very young, I used to read youth biographies and the ones on Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie stood out.

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  17. We are starting a new information sharing website and would really like your feedback. Go to www.ongobee.com and let us know what you think.

    Email us at info@ongobee.com if you have any questions.

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  18. I find it difficult to imagine co-authoring a book. Looking forward to finding out more!

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  19. I've co-authored and it was not a good experience. Don't think I'd try it again.

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  20. Awesome! How did you get them on your blog? As for co-authoring, I did it three times, not very good outcome either.

    Steamy Darcy

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  21. Helen, Great intro to tomorrow's blog. You've captured my interest and I'm looking forward to stopping by tomorrow.

    Stephen Tremp

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