As someone who has owned a GMC motorhome and currently owns an FMC motorhome, I think that I occupy a somewhat unique position among FMC owners (#487). I am also an automotive writer, editor, and publisher and feel that the knowledge library of FMC falls short of its GMC counterparts. I want to address that shortfall.
A project that I have put on my 2021 schedule is to publish a book on FMC motorhomes. Part of the book will be a short history, possibly 1,200 to 1,500 words (I'm looking for someone to write that section), along with 20 to 22, four-page layouts that can be published on-demand through Amazon. It would be a 100-page effort (a four-page cover file and a 96-page interior file). The bulk of the interior file will comprise of 20-22 four-page spreads on individual survivors.
Here's a link to a four-page PDF mock-up of what I have in mind.
What I am looking for here are those initial 20-25 owners who can supply the necessary photos and a 400-word write-up on their coach, to be published in volume one. If the project is successful, I see publishing subsequent volumes when I can assemble the necessary materials to do a 20-coach volume two and subsequent volume three.
After looking at the four-page mock-up, who among the participants here, would like to see their coach profiled in volume one? And who is willing to supply the necessary 10 or so photos along with a 400-word history narrative on your coach?
I've spoken to Stephen Heinrichs about this and it would be my intent to assemble for volume one, a cross-section of coaches from all years of production. Some would be essentially stock/original, others upgraded, including transit bus conversions.
Who would like to participate and if you have editorial or publishing experience, especially if you are well-connected in the FMC community, be willing to help me on this project? You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a Happy Fourth of July and a safe holiday weekend.
Having only been an FMC owner for just 18 months, I am a bit surprised at the lack of a response here. I've seen so many really cool coaches in this forum as well as other places online. I've developed the template to facilitate the production of what I hope would be a series after the first one is published.
All that is required to participate is one really good photo of your coach -- preferable on a camping location site -- along with up to a dozen interior and detail photos, and about 400 words describing your coach's history. Many of you already have the needed materials for me to come up with something just like this.
If I have the requested materials, it takes me less than 15 minutes to come up with the layout as they would be produced as a series. I'm thinking that if the first 100-page volume was produced, follow-up volumes, featuring 12 coaches each (over 52 pages rather than 100 pages) could be published at a price of $10/each as a print-on-demand edition.
Should I continue to pursue this idea or is there not enough traction and support here to go forward?
I see some photos in my in-box, let me see if I can do a layout. Be prepared to come up with 400 words, if you haven't already.
This is a medium-term project as right now I'm finishing two books -- one on 1969.5/1970 muscle cars for Motorbooks, the other a Bob Riggle (Hemi Under Glass biography) for CarTech -- so in a few weeks I can devote some time to this. If I can get the FMC book done by Election Day, I can have it up on Amazon before Thanksgiving, which is the perfect time to have it on offer.
There is also a lot of activity at the Facebook site. Not as technical as this or as deep in history but I find myself browsing both sites. As for the book, like most of the responses I am a year out before I would want to have it photographed.