Publisher Seeks Author for Small House Movement Book

[The following request comes from Praeger Publishing. This is a great opportunity for the right author to partner with a team that has over 60 years of success in the publishing business.]


23 November 2014

I am an acquisitions editor at Praeger Publishing ( I am interested in developing a book on the small house movement, and am seeking an author for same. The book would examine the origins of the movement, how widespread it is, its broader environmental and social goals, etc… This would not be a how-to book but would provide a serious discussion and analysis of this phenomenon.

If you know of anyone–or more than one person–I might get into contact with about such a book project, please get back to me with their name and contact information. (If you do not feel comfortable giving out contact info, have them get in touch with me at:

Thank you for your consideration, and I look forward to hearing from you.


James Ciment, PhD
Praeger Publishing
130 Cremona Drive
Santa Barbara CA 93117


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Man Lives in Tiny House With Tiny Dog

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Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter by Lloyd Kahn


There’s a grassroots movement in tiny homes these days. The real estate collapse, the economic downturn, burning out on 12-hour workdays — many people are rethinking their ideas about shelter — seeking an alternative to high rents, or a lifelong mortgage debt to a bank on an overpriced home.

In this book are some 150 builders who have taken things into their own hands, creating tiny homes (under 500 sq. ft.). Homes on land, homes on wheels, homes on the road, homes on water, even homes in the trees. There are also studios, saunas, garden sheds, and greenhouses.

There are 1,300 photos, showing a rich variety of small homemade shelters, and there are stories (and thoughts and inspirations) of the owner-builders who are on the forefront of this new trend in downsizing and self-sufficiency.

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At the heart of our 1973 book Shelter were drawings of 5 small buildings, which we recommended as a starting point in providing one’s own home. Now, almost 40 years later, there’s a growing tiny house movement all over the world — which we’ve been tracking over the past two years.

Many people have decided to scale back, to get by with less stuff, to live in smaller homes. You can buy a   ready-made tiny home, build your own, get a kit or pre-fab, or live in a bus, houseboat, or other movable shelter. Some cities have special ordinances for building “inlaw” or “granny flats” in the back yard. There are innovative solutions in cities, such as the “capsules” in Tokyo. There are numerous blogs and websites with news, photos, and/or plans for tiny homes, documented here.

If you’re thinking of scaling back, you’ll find plenty of inspiration here. Here’s a different approach, a 180º turn from increasing consumption. Here are builders, designers, architects (no less), dreamers, artists, road gypsies, and water dwellers who’ve achieved a measure of freedom and independence by taking shelter into their own hands.