29 Mar 2011

New poll -- a subtitle for The End of Abundance?

I've not been writing a lot about TEoA, but I've been working on it quite a bit.

Here's a brief summary of the situation:
  • I cancelled the contract with UC Press in December when it was clear that we were not reaching agreement on the audience for the text.
  • Island Press gave it a pass. Reviews were decent (two positive and one neutral), but the new editor wasn't willing to take a chance on me as a first-time author.
  • I've decided to self-publish the book (probably through Amazon). That will make it possible for you folks to get hard copies. I plan to put out a PDF (hyperlinks!) and/or Kindle version.
  • I've got a copy editor. I may have a cover designer.
  • If all goes well, it should be done in May (party!)
This book is meant to summarize most of the material on this blog, tie together meta ideas and add some new insights and ideas that seem to fit better in a book.

I've written it for "people like you" -- folks who may not be economists but who are interested in understanding or using economics to improve water management. I am writing for engineers, managers, lawyers, environmentalists, biologists, political staffers and farmers...

So, I've got two questions:
  1. Which subtitle (in the poll on the right sidebar) sounds the most interesting? What makes you want to open the cover?
  2. Do you have any comments/ideas on what I've described? Please comment or email me.
Bottom Line: I am looking to put out the best book possible and will consider all suggestions.

Addendum: The title will still be The End of Abundance. I am talking about the subtitle!