ABBA & Me | 10 February 2008
In August 2007 my brother-in-law showed me a couple of books about genealogy he had written. I was impressed with what he's done. He had transferred an ancient diary into a fascinating book about two men who had gone cycling in France. Rian had published the book with the help of an online publisher. And the book looked absolutely great. Stunning in fact!
When my brother-in-law asked me why I still had not written a book about ABBA, I didn't know what to say. That was a very good question. He was right: why hadn't I? Well for instance I did not have the knowledge to write an in-depth analysis of ABBA. Or even a simple biography. Or something about ABBA in Holland.
But I did know something about being an ABBA fan. And that was a subject no one had ever published a book about. What if I could come up with a few aspects of being an ABBA fan and write something about that. Maybe that would be an interesting read for other fans.
I started collecting material. I already had a few editorials from ABBA Plaza that could be used. And then of course I could write about meeting the ABBA members, about collecting ABBA stuff, about manufacturing bootlegs and about working for the official ABBA website.
Before I knew it, I was on an unstoppable train, rolling towards a book of more than 100 pages in English. And in the end the train stopped at 185 pages. I asked long time ABBA fan Sara Russell if she wanted to take a look at the text. I assumed that I had made quite a few English-language-mistakes. Sara immediately said she would edit my text and correct the errors – which she did. THANKS Sara! Big hug!
I photographed a few of my most beloved ABBA items and created a front and back cover. Then I uploaded text and graphics to the publishers' website and now it's almost there: "ABBA & Me", my little biographical book about ABBA fandom.
This means that I enter an exciting new phase in my ABBA life. As of 2008 I am not only webmaster of ABBA Plaza, but also author of an ABBA book.