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.
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.
The past few weeks I’ve given the Senna versus Schumacher concept, as opposed to just the Encounter Down Under story, some more thought. I’ve thought about the current story, too, of course, but tried to take it a level up.
My new job has indeed come to fruition. Starting on October 1st, I’ll be working as an interactive media consultant at the Evangelische Omroep, a Dutch Christian TV and radio broadcaster.
Doing some more writing…
I hope to find new energy in working at the EO, and find (or rather make) the time to get back into writing The Encounter Down Under. In principle, I would like to continue on the path I’ve chosen: a free e-book of which I’ve written part I and the first half of part II. My progress up to now dictates that I start on the Canadian Grand Prix on which I had finished research last Spring.
Get in touch with publisher again
On the other hand I would also like to get in touch again with the publisher I corresponded with, in February and March of this year, to see whether my alternate set-up has any potential to turn into a proper book.
I’ll keep you posted on this new blog location. Feel free to comment or ask questions: I’m happy to answer any of them.