MSM,Originally Posted by Mr Smartmonies
I am an editor. I've never done sports books, but I can help you a little with what piques a publishers interest.
Below find my comments on your ideas...
Idea 1. I don't think this is a great pitch. Angry fan speaks out against terrible owner. Why do we want to read about you being miserable? Either 1. we were miserable too and don't like thinking about it, or 2. it sounds excruciating.
Idea 2. I like this as a part of a larger book about Pittsburgh Sports. I'm not sure it stands on its own, but it is a decent topic for Steeler's fans. Your axe to grind with the media could be annoying or totally fetching depending on how you flesh that idea out. I would definitely explore that facet and find the most entertaining approach.
Idea 3. I really like this idea as a stand alone book. I think you need to think carefully about your audience. Is it sports wagerers, big time sports fans who wager occassionally, or everybody including casual fans? This will be an important decision before you can even plan such a book and will be crucial to its marketing and sales successes.
Idea 4. I like this as a chapter in the sports betting book. Perhaps a technique for the advanced gambler?
Idea 5. Most experts saw Detroit as clear favorite so I'm not sure this is a great selling point for a book. But, I am greatly intrigued by your advice to your friend about betting on hockey and his success. If you could encapsulate these strategies and tell them in a narrative format (like recounting your phone conversations with your buddy) it could fit nicely into your sports wagering book and be entertaining.
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