Time in the Tree is the working title. This title idea was inspired by the title of the book Time on the Water by Bill Gardner.
At one time I thought that my book might read like his, as a journal of the days. But I am a terrible journal writer and I did not take very good notes through the last hunting season. The few thoughts that I did record may be included, but they will not be a large part of the book.
It has been day after day of no writing followed by writing several thousand words in one sitting. I relate this point because authors are often asked about when and how they write.
As of this post I have around 14,400 words written, in MS Word, through sixteen chapter ideas. And I have not really gotten to the actual hunting part yet.
Before writing I looked up how many words should be in a book. The result that I got was 60,000 words. That is my goal, sort of. My book may be 40,000 words or 100,000. I would like it to cover all of the necessary parts with a little bit of background information.
I realize that many books get around 1/3 of their content trimmed before being published. This is a good idea even if my book will be self published, not published by a professional publisher. Trim the fat.
Fully, or partially, written chapters so far:
- Who? What? Why? When? Where? How?
- About the whitetail deer
- Antlers, not horns
- Where, generally, to hunt for deer
- Alternatives to hunting your own private land
- Improving your hunting property, the not so fun part
- Improving your hunting property, the fun part
- Food plots
- How to make your food plots
- Methods of hunting whitetail deer (should me moved to after "Where, generally...")
- Stand locating
- Trail, or game, cameras
- Types of deer stands
- The ideal stand
- Treestand recommendations
- How to place your treestand
This post was written with the idea that the process of writing a book c might be interesting itself.
If you have any suggestions, or comments, for my first book, then I will be happy to hear them.
My book is about learning to hunt deer. Perhaps this blog will include learning how to write and self publish a book.
(The book will be better proofread than the posts here.)