The starting point of all the above, is a non-fiction book. And for the same, I am looking for a research and writing assistant to help me!
What is the book about?
Cant give too many specifics for the time being (because I dont have them to be honest; all of it is WIP). But when it does come out, it will be stocked in either the self-improvement or business & management category at bookstores across the world (not just India). In fact, the first month together will be spent on shortlisting the theme, idea etc.
What I need from you? What "skills" am I looking for?
- Understanding of business. If you have studied marketing, journalism, business reporting, you will be an ideal person to work with.
- Understanding of behavioural sciences. All self-improvement books are essentially about behaviour, decision making and mental models.
- Ability to conduct online research, do background research on people, connect dots (like investigative journalists do) and other similar things that will help us make sense of all the data that we gather.
- Inquisitiveness and innate curiosity about the world around us. What makes people do things they do? Why do companies fail? What makes an underdog beat a Goliath against all odds?
- Handle large quantity of data. This "data" would be things like interviews (that we conduct), research (to back up these interviews), original text (that we write), media (that we will have to consume to work on the book), scratch notes, snippets, thoughts and other things.
- Great command over English language. This means that you are a grammar nazi, you know how to fix a badly written piece of text and you can spot a badly written piece of text from a mile. This is probably the most important bit as my command over language is questionable.
- Some sense of humor. Please. There's just too many serious people around and we can do with some easy going people.
- You would have read a few business, non-fiction and self-improvement books. This means you understand the structure of such books. You also know what is faff and what actually adds value.
- Most importantly, you REALLY want to work on a non-fiction in the self-improvement genre.
- be is in your mid-twenties. I am sure of this unless you are an anomaly.
- be willing to work 2-3 hours EACH day. No Sundays or weekends. I dont believe in that thing called the work-life balance. My work is my life. I live to work. I work to be able to make lives of people better, if not make a dent in the universe.
- live in Mumbai. You will work from your home / college / office etc. And you will have to meet me once a week for 2-3 hours.
- have access to a computer and Internet.
- know Google suite really well (drive, docs, keep, calendar etc.).
And the most important of them all. What's in it for you?
- Stipend. I can pay upto Rs. 5K per month. For the duration that we work together. I estimate this to be a 6-month long engagement. If 5k a month is too less for you, I promise that I will give you all the royalty I make for the first 5 years. No conditions. Serious about this.
- Credits in the book. As an assistant for sure. And in case you and I click, may be as a co-author. How cool will it be to have written and published a book in your name?
- Learning. The book will help people become better (yes, you are staring at a man who wants to be yet another self-improvement and personal productivity guru). And while the ambition is to write a book that helps people, the very process of writing the book will help you as well. Plus I am a great mentor. I am. Trust me!
In short, I am looking at a Superman / Superwoman. To push me to do well. And make the world a better place. I know I cant do this alone. And I need help. Are you the one?
P.S.: Found any typos in this post?