Monthly Archives: October 2011
Less than 24 hours.
For those who have sat down at the keyboard and decided that they wanted to hammer at the keys until a book fell out, I have nothing but respect for you. This process has taken four years, and I’ve gone through more hoops and issues than I ever could have thought. The book has changed, evolved and matured, and it’s finally become a finished product that I am proud to have written.
My friends and family know the convoluted path this book has taken to publication. I’ve had the worst possible luck with agents and publishers, but the best support anyone could ask for. I had publishers back out, agencies that represented me go out of business, and every other false start and dead end you could imagine. At the same time, I feel as if I have a small army of friends and family behind me, every one of which has demonstrated time and again that they are willing and able to support me.
I believe in the publishing industry. I think there is still a vital role for professional publishers who can sift through acres of mediocrity to pull out those rare gems, polish them, and present them for the world to see. In an ideal world, that’s the route I would have taken. But I believe also that this is an industry in a state of flux, where companies with over a century of experience are fighting things like online sales and digital distribution when they could be profiting from them. When Tribe Literary Group collapsed, I found myself once again back at the beginning of a long, torpid process, and I began to question whether that’s what I wanted.
With the support and advice of friends, family and colleagues, I realized that what I wanted more than anything else was to see my book in people’s hands. 72 Hours is a good book, one that I believe is worth reading, and I felt that the time had come to put it out into the world, and move to the next project.
I’d like to thank everyone who has been a part of this process. Whether this book sells five copies or five thousand copies, it’s a testimony to the people in my life that it’s out there, and it will not be the last book I write.