The NWMAA – From A Silly Idea to a Perhaps Reality
Did you know that four of the top selling authors in the motorsports field all live here in the northwest? True, “top selling authors in the motorsports field” should not be equated with either massive sales or impressive dollar figures, but still, it is intriguing. Not the biggest of fish in the pond, perhaps, but at least tadpoles of greater than average size in the puddle.
Ross Bentley is a professional race car driver and a businessman, and has enjoyed considerable success at both driving and managing. He has written over half a dozen books on high performance in cars, karts, and business.
David Hough is a member of the American Motorcyclists Association Hall of Fame, put there due to his unparalleled “Proficient Motorcycling” book series, the most recognized collection of books on how to ride safely in the world.
Jack Lewis appears often in Motorcyclist magazine, and is also a novelist and reality non-fiction writer that (I predict) is going to be a HUGE literary presence.
My own material I would describe as being interesting and pleasant, although not of the same stature of any of the other three.
But – I do know all three of them. One day I had a silly idea, and now it appears it is going to become reality – while retaining the silliness. I love that.
Here’s the memo I sent them:
To: Ross Bentley, David Huff, and Jack Lewis
From: Dave Preston May 9th, 2011
RE: Northwest Motorsports Authors Association – NWMAA
Here’s an idea that began as a silly thought and has now progressed to a silly concept I am quite serious about.
Genesis: I have noticed when checking the Amazon sales rankings, which I do more frequently than necessary (obsessive compulsion disease, anyone?), that authors from our area are represented in the various motorsports sales categories far more prominently that would seem geographically likely. Perhaps we could have fun with that.
Demographic: Two of us sell large numbers of books – Ross and David. One of us sells some motorsports books and is about to become huge (in my opinion) with a book that will become a significant piece of literature detailing the role of our reserve troops in Iraq – Jack. All of us have been published in magazines of significance. Two of us think and write logical and precise prose that is easily understood – Ross and David. One of us thinks and writes in illogical and confounding prose that is easily understood – Jack. One of us writes easy to digest articles, novels, and other. Me.
One of us is an internationally renowned race car driver who at one time owned his own Indy car team – Ross. One of us is in the AMA Hall of Fame – David. One of us is getting serious about writing and may become a publisher – Jack. One of us has a quirky sense of humor and more than a little of the Walter Misty about him – me.
Three of us have our own web sites – Ross, Jack, and I, and David should!
Two of us have had commercial success with our writing – Ross and David. One of us has had some success and is about to have a lot more – Jack. And one of us is having a giggle with the whole deal and has high hopes – me.
Intent: The NWMAA would exist to fulfill simple goals.
1. Be a private joke among the four of us. (Primary goal)
2. Co-promote our various writing efforts.
Structure: None. No meetings, no dues, no mission statement. All members would be both “founding members” and “President,” for those who want to have some innocent fun with their resumes. I suppose new members could be added over time – but then it would become serious, wouldn’t it? All members would have to agree to any new members.
Acronym: NWMAA is an onomatopoetic acronym that represents the Doppler effect of a high speed vehicle approaching you and then sailing off into the distance: “Nuuuw – mmmaaaaaaaa.” Just for a sentence that contains the words “onomatopoetic acronym” the group deserves to exist!
Logo: Surely we could come up with something cool. T-shirts? Bumper stickers? Decals? Time to calm down?
Like a few of my silly ideas, this one may have some traction. Plans are afoot to create the “NWMAA Sampler,” a $.99 Kindle offering that would have a biography of each author, links to his works, and samples of his writing. From small spasms of amusement can big things grow?
Copyright 2011 David Preston