DUST = Value

21 Jul

The White haired ShooterTHE WHITE HAIRED SHOOTER

This appears to be a week of personal revelations as I launched my book writing project.

I don’t know if this is “normal” or not, but ideas and concepts are starting to line up.

Although I don’t have “formal” training for writing, throughout many years I have studied a variety of disciplines.  One is real estate appraisal theory and practices. Today I realized I am applying some of those principles to the process I’ve been using for this book.

Since the book is nonfiction,  maybe that will work? Time will be the judge and I would appreciate if anyone out there thinks this is completely “whack” they would let me know. Gently, please. Newbie would-be-authors can be fragile!

Earlier I saw a need to refine and limit the material I would be covering. In “appraisal speak,” I had defined the SCOPE of this project.

When I started to review who my intended audience would be, how their needs might be met,  how to engage readers with my work, and learning what other material is available on the subject, I now realize I am looking at the VALUE of what I am writing. In “appraisal speak,” an acronym to remember the component factors of value is “DUST.”

D = DEMAND  Are people looking to purchase (read) what I want to write about.

U = UTILITY  Is this material usable? Can people put what I write about into practice?

S =  SUPPLY  What is the competition?  Is there an Undersupply or  Oversupply of material out there?

T =  TRANSFERABILITY   Is the work in a form that can be transmitted/transferred easily? Are there barriers to being published?

I have been trained to look at value that way, and I have begun to apply it to this process. I imagine that the art and craft of writing likely has similar disciplines to apply to a body of work to indicate its value. I hope to discover some of those disciplines along the journey!

— Peggy


Posted by on July 21, 2014 in Writing the Book


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4 responses to “DUST = Value

  1. My Ink

    July 23, 2014 at 6:35 am

    I hope your book would be a great success and I will keep DUST in mind while writing any book.

  2. silverliningsanddustbunnies

    July 23, 2014 at 8:25 am

    Reblogged this on Silver Linings, Dust Bunnies… and other wonders and commented:
    I thought I’d reblog from my other post, and share what I am doing now. I don’t now if it’s proper blog etiquette or not to do so, but just wanted you to know if I am not out and about as much with my “Silver Dust Bunnies” posts, it’s because I am “launching” a new phase in writing. I’m certain the Dust Bunnies will gather – both in my home and on this blog – soon enough!

  3. Damyanti

    July 25, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    This is excellent process for a non-fiction book. Won’t really work for fiction, though.

    • whitehairedshooter

      July 26, 2014 at 8:31 am

      Thanks for taking time to comment! I am also taking my first, somewhat faltering, steps into fiction. My imagination is chomping at the bit. I can see I need to go “back to school.” Do you have any recommendations for a non-fiction writer of many years?


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