"My name is Newton Sequeira and I am an Author Relationship Executive at Packt Publishing. Packt recently green lit a book on Oracle 11g R2 RAC Administration Cookbook and we are now searching for an author to develop the book.
I was reading through your blog and wondered whether you might be interested in this project?
Thanks for considering this proposal. I would appreciate if you could please let me know your views."
This simply scares me. Do publishers really approach potential authors this way? Believe you me, I am the very last person any publisher would want to be writing this particular book. Even if I were to complete such an ambitious project, I would be the laughing stock of the Oracle community. For at least a year. And based on what little I know of author-publisher relationships, the author endures crushing timelines and relentless editors and enjoys a very small fraction of the royalties. Yeah, awesome incentive there.
If you see my name on this book, don't buy it. Please.