It’s an early Christmas for you, since today I’d like to introduce the co-author for Senna versus Schumacher: Mattijs Diepraam.
Mattijs is a commercial copywriter and editor, as well as the driving force behind 8W, the motor racing history section of FORIX and autosport.com, and co-creator of dB, a site dedicated to the memory of Carel Godin de Beaufort.
As professional motoring and motorsport journalist, Mattijs is a regular contributor to the Dutch edition of Octane magazine and has published prolifically in RTL GP Magazine and on Driving-fun.com.
Read more about Mattijs (and myself) on the ‘About the authors’ page.
Last night, my co-author — whom I’ll reveal shortly 😉 — and I finalised the concept for our new Senna versus Schumacher set-up and sent the outlines of it to our potential publisher for him to review.
Tentative title for new-style Senna versus Schumacher
The title for our alternate set-up would likely be:
Senna vs Schumacher and Six Other Formula One Rivalries That Never Happened
7 what-if stories about perished/injured drivers
Like I stated earlier, the new set-up consists of 7 stories revolving around drivers and their main rivalries had they not died or been injured to the extent that they could no longer compete at the top level.
The 7 what-if stories are:
- Senna versus Schumacher
- Villeneuve versus Prost
- Reutemann versus Andretti
- Cevert versus Lauda
- Rindt versus Stewart
- Moss versus Clark
- Ascari versus Fangio
Dutch or English book depends on publisher’s reply
We now wait for the publishers reply. If he responds favourably, we will likely write Senna versus Schumacher in Dutch in co-operation with the publisher. If he does not, we will likely write an English book and publish it ourselves, either as e-book or through printing-on-demand.
Let us know what you think
We’re of course very curious for your thoughts. What do you think of our alternate set-up? How do you feel about the 7 stories? Is there anything we missed or anything that you would like to add?
Please leave a comment or drop us a line on Twitter: @SennavsSchumi
I had a great talk with my co-author, last night. We discussed our new set-up, which revolves around — drum roll, please… — several stories that are much like my Senna versus Schumacher concept, as well as determined a central, unifying theme for those stories.
I will now create a summary consisting of the synopses for all those stories plus the central theme, and send that to our potential publisher. If he is enthousiastic about the concept, we will likely opt for a Dutch version of the book, which might then be translated to English (and/or other languages) at a later date.
When we have a clearer view of what we’ll be doing, I’ll outline our alternate set-up some more, as well as introduce the co-author.
Now that I’ve found renewed energy and enthousiasm for my Senna versus Schumacher story, I’ve even created a planning for myself and my co-author. It looks more than feasible to write the new-and-improved version of the story for release on the 20th anniversary of Senna’s death, on May 1st, 2014.
It looks like I’m getting up to speed again in gathering my thoughts regarding a broader look at my Senna versus Schumacher story.
- I’m looking at taking the concept another step further than I was contemplating late last year — I wrote about that on 19 December.
- I’ve been in touch with a co-author. He’s rather well-known in motor racing history circles, but I’ll keep his identity to myself for now.
- Today I contacted the publisher I spoke with some 3 years ago. He hadn’t forgotten about my idea either, and would like to talk about it again.