• My Police Stories

    From Mike Dippel@454:1/393 to All on Thu Feb 16 11:51:44 2023
    I have many stories to tell about my time on the Police force. I have often thought about
    getting some sort of recorder to dictate these stories into and maybe write a book.

    Has anyone ever done this, and how difficult would it be?

    Mike Dippel

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  • From Ky Moffet@454:1/1 to Mike Dippel on Fri Feb 17 14:27:00 2023
    Mike Dippel wrote:
    I have many stories to tell about my time on the Police force. I have often thought about getting some sort of recorder to dictate these stories into and maybe write a book.
    Has anyone ever done this, and how difficult would it be?


    Amazon Books is full of people self-publishing on every topic under the
    sun. There's an audience for everything (tho finding the paying audience
    is largely a matter of luck). True Life stories is a solid genre.

    The main way to get a book written is to actually write it. If you're
    better at talking into a mic than typing it out, then that's the way to
    go, perhaps with a transcription program like Dragon Naturally Speaking
    to do the grunt work. (There are others, that's just the name I know off
    the top of my head.)

    So yes, if you've got stories to tell, you should tell them, publish
    them, and if you're lucky you might make a few pennies from it. If not,
    at the very least your stories will be preserved.

    For true-life stories you probably don't need to hire an editor (which
    starts at about $300 per 100,000 words), tho it's good to have beta
    readers to catch typos and the like.

    Thanks to Amazon and other self-publishing outlets, you no longer need a traditional dead-tree publisher (and besides, their contracts suck).

    Do NOT get sucked into some outfit that charges you to "develop" your
    book; those are vanity publishers, and make their money mostly from
    fleecing authors.

    [However if you do hire an editor, here's my shingle. :)

    Anyway, yes! Go for it!!
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  • From Mike Dippel@454:1/393 to Ky Moffet on Fri Feb 17 22:42:28 2023
    On 2/17/2023 2:27 PM, Ky Moffet wrote to Mike Dippel:

    Mike Dippel wrote:
    I have many stories to tell about my time on the Police force. I have often
    thought about getting some sort of recorder to dictate these stories into and
    maybe write a book.
    Has anyone ever done this, and how difficult would it be?


    Amazon Books is full of people self-publishing on every topic under the sun. There's an audience for everything (tho finding the paying audience
    is largely a matter of luck). True Life stories is a solid genre.

    The main way to get a book written is to actually write it. If you're better at talking into a mic than typing it out, then that's the way to
    go, perhaps with a transcription program like Dragon Naturally Speaking
    to do the grunt work. (There are others, that's just the name I know off the top of my head.)

    So yes, if you've got stories to tell, you should tell them, publish
    them, and if you're lucky you might make a few pennies from it. If not,
    at the very least your stories will be preserved.

    For true-life stories you probably don't need to hire an editor (which starts at about $300 per 100,000 words), tho it's good to have beta
    readers to catch typos and the like.

    Thanks to Amazon and other self-publishing outlets, you no longer need a traditional dead-tree publisher (and besides, their contracts suck).

    Do NOT get sucked into some outfit that charges you to "develop" your
    book; those are vanity publishers, and make their money mostly from fleecing authors.

    [However if you do hire an editor, here's my shingle. :)

    One of my former Sgts. from way back when ( I've been retired for 20 years now ) has
    written a couple of books. I will probably contact him to see his process. Here is a page
    detailing one of his books:
    http://www.police-writers.com/gary_jones.html

    He was a great supervisor, and apparently has a gift for writing. Not sure I have the
    same ability, but I can get a lot of laughs when I tell my stories.

    We'll see.

    Mike Dippel

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  • From Ky Moffet@454:1/1 to Mike Dippel on Sat Feb 18 14:17:00 2023
    Mike Dippel wrote:
    On 2/17/2023 2:27 PM, Ky Moffet wrote to Mike Dippel:

    One of my former Sgts. from way back when ( I've been retired for 20 years now
    ) has written a couple of books. I will probably contact him to see his process. Here is a page detailing one of his books: http://www.police-writers.com/gary_jones.html

    Good idea.

    He was a great supervisor, and apparently has a gift for writing. Not sure I have the same ability, but I can get a lot of laughs when I tell my stories.

    The big trick is to write like you speak, rather than trying to make it
    sound "perfect". Funny police stories are always popular. Go for it!
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