[Sbse] Publishing question and Renewable Energy Topic

Susan Roaf s.roaf at btinternet.com
Mon Apr 12 11:11:36 PDT 2021

Dorothy Excellent,

Well done you refining such subjects to make them more useable for 
ordinary architects (students - people).  Make the book proposition sexy 
- then lots of publishers will bite your hand off for it.  The title 
will tell all.  Thinks of riffs on it - Run on the Sun - Safe as Solar 
Houses.....  dont just make it technical - but make it personal - so a) 
WHY are you writing it ?  to make sure all buildings are run on solar 
for the sake of the planet - and building owners and occupants ...(Big 
Vision - Big Audience .this is about local resilience and global 
responsibility)      b) WHO is it aimed at - You / Me / Everyone  - shed 
all those skins self-rick concerns - think big - Go For IT. Maybe your 
help might change the life of millions of ordinary Joes - like me - 
explain why it matters - by-pass architectural prejudices, and use your 
'evidence based science' to help ordinary home or business owners to 
de-couple them selves to failing political and physical infra-structure. 
Go Sexy - Make your book matter - not a boring architecture Business as 
Usual text book.  Make it about how solar matters for our economy - our 
society and the planet.   And get a  good graphic designer.

This could be a very successful book indeed.


------ Original Message ------
From: "Randolph M. Fritz" <rmfritz3 at gmail.com>
To: "SBSE List" <sbse at uidaho.edu>
Sent: Monday, 12 Apr, 21 At 01:40
Subject: Re: [Sbse] Publishing question and Renewable Energy Topic

First, I will say that I, personally, am a very small publisher, who has 
been keeping Rendering with Radiance in print for a while. If you want 
to learn about publishing as a subject, I can suggest no better 
reference than Marshall Lee's Bookmaking 
. Good university libraries should have copies.

I produce physical books and use Bookmobile's short-run digital printing 
service and fulfill orders myself, since demand is small. Fulfillment 
is, however, a considerable amount of work if you aren't set up to do 
it; if you're expecting volume, hire someone to handle that job.

Second, beware of vanity publishing scams. There are firms that promise 
to make your book famous and successful…if you pay them big bucks 
upfront.  These are scams. There are a lot of firms which are not 
outright scammers but which charge considerable, and unless you're 
pretty sure your book is going to be successful, they're probably best 
avoided. Remember Yog's law: "In an honest publishing deal, money flows 
to the author." (I am, by the way, cynical of Trunity's marketing, but I 
could be wrong. Talk to people who actually do business with them and 
read their contracts and terms of service. Be careful.)

For ebook self-publishing, there are two basic choices, Amazon and 
everyone else. Amazon's contracts are awful, and even major publishing 
houses have difficulty doing business with them, but people do make 
money publishing through Amazon. Amazon has reach: everyone knows them 
and there are Kindles all over the place.

A friend who self-publishes novels in ebook form is happy with 
. They do epub format and are OK. They also do on-demand printed books.

I am thinking about bringing out an ebook in PDF form, I have good 
reports of Gumroad 
for this purpose.

A word on software. Adobe's tools are expensive but – unless you are 
packaging a book for conventional publication – you probably don't need 
them. Serif's Affinity tools are much more modestly priced and work 
well. If your goals are modest, you may not even need these design 
tools; Draft2Digital accepts Word documents.

Anyone who has questions, feel free to email.

Randolph M. Fritz || rmfritz3 at gmail.com <mailto:rmfritz3 at gmail.com>

On Sun, Apr 11, 2021 at 4:36 PM Michael Iversen <mroyiversen at gmail.com 
<mailto:mroyiversen at gmail.com> > wrote:

SBSE ... I have the same general question as Dorothy Gerring, specific 
to a systems-based course textbook on urbanized ecosystems, or cities as 
ecosystems. Instead of cobbling together journal articles, book chapters 
and an assortment of resources for the past 15 years, I have finally 
decided on completing a course module-based eBook myself, using a 
'campus as a lab for sustainability' framework, complete with a digital 
platform for assignments, interactive content, and course management 

So far, I have been intrigued with Trunity Trubooks, but would like to 
be more informed on the appropriate publisher / self-publishing options.

Michael Iversen
Urban Planner, Architect, Urban Ecologist, LEED AP

Unity College
Distance Education Subject Matter Expert, Adjunct Instructor
Urban Ecology & Sustainable Planning Masters Program
UESP 605: Sustainable Design

Michael Roy Iversen, Urban & Campus Sustainability Consultancy
Oak Park, IL

mroyiversen at gmail.com <mailto:mroyiversen at gmail.com>


On Sun, Apr 11, 2021 at 4:21 PM Dorothy Gerring <dgerring at pct.edu 
<mailto:dgerring at pct.edu> > wrote:

  Hi SBSE Folks:

  I've been teaching a class on siting, sizing, specifying renewable 
energy systems for about 10 years. The books I've been using have become 
a bit dated (and they don't seem like they are going to be updated) and 
I was thinking of writing one because I can't  find anything like what I 

  My questions:

    1.  Would you find it helpful to have a book that explains basic 
siting, sizing, and specifying of typical renewable energy systems? This 
could be used for a studio class (or a systems class) or for a building 
owner wanting to understand how and why to  make their building more 
efficient and if it is a good candidate for renewables.
    2.  What experiences (good and bad) have you had with publishers 
(such as Wiley, McGraw Hill, etc.) and would you recommend one over 

  As always, thank you for your feedback and lively discussion! It is 
wonderful to have a world-wide community of people who are so 
enthusiastic about teaching and sharing about building science issues.

  Dorothy Gerring
  Associate Professor
  Architectural Technology and Sustainable Design
  Pennsylvania College of Technology
  One College Avenue
  Williamsport, PA 17701
  570-326-3761 ext. 7015

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