Survival Guide to Homelessness

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Saturday, November 06, 2004

Letter to Cool Publisher

To: [Cool Book Publishing Firm]

Dear [Cool Book Editor],

I am in the midst of writing a book which teaches how to live well while homeless. A review of your online catalogue reveals several similar books, including ['Nuther Homelessness Book], which gives information on being homeless in a traditional way, the life, to use a crude term, of a bum. My book will offer readers an alternative to this stereotypical lifestyle, and will make a nice companion to that work in the catalogue or on the shelf. I propose a lifestyle which has all the advantages and freedoms that attend a rent free life, without the social stigma. My guide will teach methods of being homeless undetectably, invisibly. A person living as I recommend will be welcome in restaurants, malls, schools and at social events. When he walks onto a car dealership, a salesman will try to sell him a car. He will be employable. He will have options to change or maintain his lifestyle.

I spent nearly five years, from mid-1996 to the beginning of 2001, homeless, or as I liked to call it with a distributed household. I had storage, shelter, mailbox, telephone, shower, bathroom facilities, cooking equipment, and transportation, even access to television, radio, computer equipment, and ac power. I had the essence of a home. It was simply more geographically scattered than is traditional in our culture. My techniques could be adapted to anyone's tastes and talents, and to the resources available anywhere.

I have enclosed a topic outline of the proposed book, several sample sections, and a self addressed stamped envelope for your convenience. There is no need to return any of the submitted materials. Thank you for considering my Survival Guide to Homelessness.


Mobile Homemaker

Sent: 5 November 2004
Names omitted to protect the guilty.


At 10:52 AM, Blogger The Lioness said...

Well Dahling, good luck. GOOD LUCK! I know you'll get it, eventually. I know you will.

At 7:02 AM, Blogger nichole said...

Yes, good luck! I understand why you kept the publisher anonymous, but I'd gladly urge them to publish your book if you emailed me their info. I could play up my librarian cred, if that would help.

Thanks for writing this excellent blog.

At 2:39 PM, Blogger Jeremy Dunck said...

Mobile Homemaker,
I live in Dallas, and see homeless folks fairly often. There are plenty of people here with the "get a job, ya bum" mentality.
I have to admit that I don't understand how these folks get by, and why they'd want to live like they do.
Even so, I can appreciate choosing your own lifestyle.

I see you're hoping to publish, and that's great. It seems pretty clear that you'll be able to reach more people in paper than online with this subject.

But I was thinking about printing off this site and giving the info to the folks I see around, already on the streets. I think some of them definitely would benefit.

What do you think of that? Would you want a tip for every copy given out? Would you prefer I not do that at all?

At 3:12 PM, Blogger Mobile Homemaker said...

Jeremy, thank you for asking. All the information on this site is copyrighted, however, I would be delighted if you handed out copies, so long as you did not do so at a profit. Just make sure the URL is on each page you hand out.

Eventually I will complete the work, and will probably offer an ebook for sale at a nominal price from this site. It will include much more material than is on the website now.

As for contributions, they are always welcomed, never mandatory.

At 6:54 PM, Blogger Jeremy Dunck said...

Mobile Homemaker,
I certainly will not sell this at all. I give money to homeless folks fairly often, and the cost of a printout would be less than my usual gift.
If you're interested in encouraging this sort of sharing, you might consider licensing the works as under a Creative Commons license.
This license allows you to easily attach a copyright contract under which you retain copyright control, but makes explicit the rights you will allow others to have.
For example, this license would allow attributing, non-commercial, non-dirivative usage of your work to anyone interested in copying it.
More info at the CC site.

Anyway, good luck with the publishing, and keep up the great work!


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