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Posted 2020-07-03 4:27 PM (#7425)
Subject: FMC Book Project



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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.

https://photos.imageevent.com/mmm_mag/fmcmotorhomebookmaterials/FMC%...

Having done similar 100-page print-on-demand efforts previously, I can say that such books, when self-published and distributed through Amazon, something similar to this

https://www.amazon.com/Automotive-Travelers-Classic-Car-Premiere/dp/...

will sell for around $20.

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 fmc2900r@gmail.com.

Have a Happy Fourth of July and a safe holiday weekend.

Richard Truesdell



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