Help us save the Next Year’s News series!

dab1718As you may have heard, we haven’t been able to produce the 2019 edition of Next Year’s News (formerly known as The Date-A-Base Book). Unfortunately, we don’t have the funds to do it. Producing a research-intensive book like this takes several months of full-time work. And that means we need to sell enough copies to cover the cost of our time in producing it. The 2017 and 2018 editions did not cover their costs. So we’ve had to switch our attention to other projects that generate an income.
We know that many of you were dismayed when we announced the series was ending. We were dismayed too. We know that some of you had come to rely on it, and used it to generate your own income. But, sadly, the books were losing us a lot of money.
Over the past few weeks, we’ve been trying to save the series. We’ve tried to recruit someone to run a crowdfunding (Kickstarter) campaign for us, with the aim of pre-selling 1,500 copies of the 2019 edition. Sadly, that effort has failed because no one with any crowdfunding experience has come forward.
But there is another way. We’re going to make one final, last-ditch attempt to save the series. And this is where we need your help.
We’re going to try and sell as many copies of the current 2018 edition as we possibly can, and see if we can raise the funds that way instead.
In order to save the series, we need to sell an absolute minimum of 1,200 copies. So far, we’ve sold just 130 – but at least we’re past the 10% mark.
We need your help to get a big word-of-mouth campaign going, and really get those sales flooding in.
Please will you help us spread the word? Let’s see if we can reach our target of 1,200 copies and save the series.
If you know anyone who would benefit from a copy of Next Year’s News 2018, please will you either buy them a copy or send them to so they can get one for themselves?
A note about printed copies:
As we only sold 30 printed copies of the 2017 edition, the 2018 edition is only available electronically (as a PDF file). But the PDF file is printable, so you could make your own printed copy. Or you should be able to take the file to any high street print shop and ask them to make you a spiral-bound copy with card covers.
Here are just a few of the ways in which people are using the book. Do you know anyone who works in any of these industries?
  • TV/radio/production companies use it to as a source of ideas for shows about upcoming historic anniversaries. They also use it as a source of ideas for features and snippets to include within other shows.
  • News websites, newspapers and magazines use it for their “on this day in history” features.
  • Writers and journalists use it for ideas for newspaper and magazine articles that tie in with upcoming anniversaries. This is a fairly untapped market, as very few people are doing it. Yet the articles are reasonably easy to research and write – and there are thousands of ideas for them in each book.
  • Novelists and filmmakers use it as a source of ideas, and also for historically accurate background details and sub-plots.
  • Museums use it for exhibition ideas.
  • Historians use it as a source of ideas for their books, articles and lectures.
  • And other people are using it in all sorts of interesting ways.
Can you think of anyone who could benefit – and potentially make money – from their copy?
We are ready and willing to begin work on Next Year’s News 2019, just as soon as we sell enough copies of the 2018 edition to cover the cost of producing it.
We will produce a half-length version within three months of starting work on it, and the full version within five months. If we sell enough copies of the 2019 edition, we will go straight on to produce the 2020 edition, aiming to have it finished by October 2018, and then the 2021 edition, aiming for a spring 2019 release.
But all of this depends on us selling enough copies of the current 2018 edition. If we don’t reach our target, then we will have no choice but to end the series, with the current edition being the last.
Once again, we urge you to help spread the word and/or buy extra copies of the 2018 edition for people you know. Let’s see if we can save this series, and maybe even give it a whole new lease of life. It would be such a shame to lose it.
Thank you for your time.
Here’s the link to get the 2018 edition again:

We’re redesigning our website – how should it look?

Google says we have to redesign our website to make it mobile phone compatible. So we thought we’d take the opportunity to give it a thorough makeover, as it’s been several years since the last overhaul. Your thoughts and ideas for the new design would be most welcome.

(Note: we’re talking about the redesign of our main website, not this blog. We’ll sort out the blog another time.)

Here are some things you might like to consider:

Do you find the current site easy to use?

Is it easy to buy things?

What would make it easier?

What would you like to see on the front page?

Do you ever use the anniversary lists or what ifs that are on the front page, or should we remove them?

Would you like to see something else on the front page instead?

Do you like the cartoon-style images on the front page and on the covers of the ideas books, or should we replace them with something more professional?

Should we list every book we sell on the front page to make buying them easier?

For lifetime members only:

Do you ever access the members’ section using a smartphone?

You can post your comments on our blog at, leave a comment in our Facebook group, email us at or post something on Twitter @ideas4writers

Many thanks in advance for your thoughts.