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Anybody interested in writing a book?

Just throwing this out there..

I'd kill for a great book on the tricks and trials of raising shrimp for fun and gains.

Topics would definitely be setting up an aquarium, different types of water, suitable plants, wood and rocks, a small bit on growing plants and lights, different species, a section on each shrimp group, a section on rumors, a section on compatible tankmates and a section on tips and tricks.

If anybody who has been keeping shrimp for a long time would be willing to contribute to a book, I'd love to organize information, contribute what I can and edit.

Just throwing it out there, as I've been thinking about the first book I want to write/edit.

If there is anybody who has a wealth of knowledge (you shipper, breeder, seller and long time hobbyists) then respond or PM me.


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If such a book were to be made, I'd buy it.
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If such a book were to be made, I'd buy it.
Glad to hear it. I hope someone steps forward to lead it lol.


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Glad to hear it. I hope someone steps forward to lead it lol.


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I think there should be like a collab of experts from TPT writing it.

I think this might be something....

http://www.gtaaquaria.com/forum/showthread.php?t=24249
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I think there should be like a collab of experts from TPT writing it.

I think this might be something....

http://www.gtaaquaria.com/forum/showthread.php?t=24249
I agree, I'd love to get some of these 10,000 post people submitting me information that I could compile and organize.

That is quite interesting.

I see other people, like Francis Xavier, who are making really good guides, but there are thousands of customers who already would purchase these books, not to mention if someone like Nick (Speedy) was a photo contributor.


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would love to help but dont think i would be a good person to have advise cause i do things backwards to what most on here to them lol
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would love to help but dont think i would be a good person to have advise cause i do things backwards to what most on here to them lol
Not necessarily true.

Heres how I will do it.. I'd love to get a team of contributing 'writers' so to speak.. Even if we get a main 'writer' or information supplier, we still could have a team for support.

Anybody interested in supplying advice surely can if it is deemed good advice by the rest of the team.

Once we get the team together (I suppose if we do..) then we can use Google Docs to keep track of everything..

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Hate to rain on the parade... but... the hobby changes so frequently and information about shrimp is fluctuating at such a rapid pace that I'm not sure it's possible to compile a book that's anything more than really good opinion.

Maybe in five or ten years there will be enough tried and true information that's accepted worldwide to compile something worthy of widespread publication.

I really, really wish it were possible now, though. Especially on a scientific front.

There are more and more journal publications about freshwater inverts lately. So that's a positive sign.
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Hate to rain on the parade... but... the hobby changes so frequently and information about shrimp is fluctuating at such a rapid pace that I'm not sure it's possible to compile a book that's anything more than really good opinion.

Maybe in five or ten years there will be enough tried and true information that's accepted worldwide to compile something worthy of widespread publication.

I really, really wish it were possible now, though. Especially on a scientific front.

There are more and more journal publications about freshwater inverts lately. So that's a positive sign.
Ninja'd. lol. Was about to post the same thing, everything changes, everyone has a different opinion on what type of water is needed, everyone has an opinion on where this mutated or this came from.

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The invert market is fresh and upcoming so I think there is a lot of potential here. The book/guide could be a collection different opinions. There's a lot of value in showcasing different schools of thought and stacking them against each other.

Word of advice, make an ebook version first and test the market before you invest in publishing something that may/may not sell. Ebooks require no initial investment, can be updated immediately and don't require lengthy publisher approval cycles.

I'm an online marketer and have helped dozens of people launch products like ebooks. If you're looking for help I would be interested in a joint venture where I would take care of marketing for you (at no cost to you), you could just focus on the content and together we both benefit if it sells. Shoot me a PM asap if you're interested, would love to take on the challenge.


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Hate to rain on the parade... but... the hobby changes so frequently and information about shrimp is fluctuating at such a rapid pace that I'm not sure it's possible to compile a book that's anything more than really good opinion.

Maybe in five or ten years there will be enough tried and true information that's accepted worldwide to compile something worthy of widespread publication.

I really, really wish it were possible now, though. Especially on a scientific front.

There are more and more journal publications about freshwater inverts lately. So that's a positive sign.
Truth be told, I'm disappointed you said this, as you were one person I hoped would contribute.

I've been thinking about this since I helped start the invert forum at AA.

My thoughts were despite there being much changing information, there is also a lot of false information, much of which we can all dispel. There are a plethora of experts to hobbyists here who keep shrimp successfully, and who can keep parameters at what shrimp love.


A question.. Where do you find these freshwater journals? I found one from an English scientist who published papers on new shrimp species being discovered.


I just feel like with an exploding population of shrimp keepers, a book on the basics is necessary for them.

I agree it should be an Ebook on Amazon first, but the nice thing about that is if we have some revelation, we can always update it or put out a new a new edition.


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The invert market is fresh and upcoming so I think there is a lot of potential here. The book/guide could be a collection different opinions. There's a lot of value in showcasing different schools of thought and stacking them against each other.

Word of advice, make an ebook version first and test the market before you invest in publishing something that may/may not sell. Ebooks require no initial investment, can be updated immediately and don't require lengthy publisher approval cycles.

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Well I certainly love the enthusiasm. I know - even if just by reading his posts - somewhatshocked is an amazing writer too.

There's so much talent here, and I know a TPT collaboration would be fun.

So yes when we figure everything out, your help would be amazing.


I do appreciate a reality check, however shocked and GeTo


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A few hobbyist at loaches.com did this, http://www.loaches.com/loach-book-pu...online-editors . You may want to contact some of them to see how the experience went for them.

I think a magazine would be a better idea, especially with all the fluctuation of information.

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