Sunday, June 17, 2012
Thursday, May 13, 2010
This is fantastic as I have other potential endorsements in the works as well. Endorsements could be the difference between me getting a publisher to actually publish the book and my having to self-publish. Good endorsements always help sell the book as well. I am very excited about this and figure after about 1/2 dozen or so endorsements, I'll start pitching the book again to some publishers and see where it goes....Exciting stuff!
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
The editor scaled my book back a bit (by about 5000 words!), but it's a leaner, cleaner machine and she kept my voice also. I guess with this economy that's what we're all looking for anyway. I suppose if this publisher doesn't like it I'll try with one or two others and if I still don't get any bites I'll just have to give the 'ol self-publishing a whirl. No problem there, just a bit more work and money involved...Oh yeah, money...Ok, well, slight problem, but we'll figure that out when/if the time comes! I figure if these folks will love it, the public will love it and want to make a movie out of it and the next thing you know, we've got the new "Sandlot" series, only this one is nonfiction...Who knows?
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Anyway, I have already sent in my first 'query letter' also and got my first REJECTION back...Ugh. Oh well, as one of my daughter's said, it just means I'm that much closer to the 'yes.' Letter! I have sent in another query letter, but don't have too much hopes on it, as it was an application you send in via their online template and I messed up when I did it online and submitted it before I could send in my contact info. I then had to resubmit w/my contact info. I'm sure this didn't look very good. I haven't heard back from them, but it's only been 10 days and they say if they like it that it will be at least 2 to 4 weeks before you'll hear from them (otherwise, you won't hear from them). We'll see. I will probably send some more query letters out in the next week just for fun and see what happens though. If I don't have any luck in the next couple months, I'll probably self-publish. That's it for now, gotta go! Wish me luck!
Sunday, October 12, 2008
"A Classics' Tale: How My Baseball Team Saved Its Sponsor; Put a Twinkle in the Coach's Eye; Restored Distinction and Prominence to the Town; And Fulfilled All of My Boyhood Dreams"
"A Classic Tale"
"A Tale of The Classics"
"True American Classics"
"The Last of the True Classics"
"A Classic tale of a Classic Game in a Classic Town on a 'Classic' Team"
"Boys, Baseball and The Power of America's Pastime"
"Double Play Classics: The Power of America's Pastime"
"We Want a Pitcher Not a Belly Itcher"
"Classics' Double Plays: The Power of America's Pastime"
"Saving The Classics"
"The Knothole League Knockouts"
"The Magic Valley Magic"
"Magic Valley Magic"
"A Tale of Two Teams"
...Please vote or add to it-- I want to finish this part quickly, so put your creative thinking caps on 'cause I'm ready to rock 'n roll onto the next phase of this little project really soon! Thanks for all your support in this! I'm really excited to get this done! I'll post again when I get a Title decided on (of course, if some big fat 'ole publisher chooses to represent me, they'll probably choose some other lamo title, but I should have a title to send w/my query letter) and when I start sending in queries. Wish me luck!
Monday, July 7, 2008
So, below is the short little Query Letter that I'm sending out to the Literary Agents to see if I can get any bites for a publishing contract...Let me know what you think. I'm open to suggestions and critiques...Unless you get too overly critical-- Then I do have to draw the line, of course-- Even writers have feelings. If you just hate it, just don't say anything. But if you think there could be something else added to maybe 'hook' you in to wanting more, let me know! In any regard, I'm excited for this no matter what happens, because it's been a great deal of fun and I do think people will enjoy the story (in spite of my amateurishness in spots)...If it piques your interest some, be on the look-out for the book in the near future!
Also, just so you know how it works in the posh and pompous publishing world out there, most publishing companies don't accept manuscripts directly and will simply throw them in the garbage if you send them unsolicited. Therefore, you have one of two options, if they accept unsolicited 'query letters' you can send them to the proper person...However, you must know exactly who that person is for your 'genre' of writing, etc. And also you must know if the publishing company you are sending to even accepts your genre of writing, etc. and if they accept unsolicited query letters, blah, blah, blah.
Therefore, there are literary agents who act as the go-betweens. Not that they are any better, really...Most of them don't accept unsolicited manuscripts either, so you have to send them (correct person) a query letter as well. These query letters are very precise. Normally, not more than one page long, 12 point font, spacing, margins, etc. are specific. You must 'hook' the literary agent or publisher by the first 2 or 3 lines or you're pretty much toast and you better have perfect spelling and grammar and address the correct person. That's pretty much the game!
There are several websites that talk about prominent authors who were rejected dozens of times before they got a yes (such as John Grisham who was rejected 16 times before an agent accepted his work-- and that agent was a loser so he had to start over with another). With that said, here's my query letter be what it may...
There aren’t many nine-year-old kids who can say that they achieved their hopes and dreams, saved their community, returned balance between good and evil and delivered a man from the ache of financial ruin within the span of one memorable summer. My little league baseball team, The Classics, did just that one season in 1969. In my 40,000 word narrative nonfiction book, experience the excitement as we journey with a team of misfit kids who have a dream of playing on the hallowed field of the AA minor league baseball stadium for the little league tournament championship. The monumental task in this accomplishment is both agonizing and exhilarating.
If there were a T-ball World Series, the team in our league, Shotwell’s Shockers, would have won it. Every player on their team was bigger, faster and stronger than any other team in the league. We were the kind of meal they might have for breakfast. But T-ball was over and it was time for pitch ball. We had a new coach and our team had been largely rebuilt. Both of these events were scary for several reasons: Our new coach had never coached before, and our team had never played together before. I wish that were the only problem though; the new coach also happened to be my dad. Our pitcher, Robbie XXXX, would prove to be the greatest pitcher and player that
So we embarked on our championship season to show the world that we could conquer a giant. Our team soon gained a tremendous following of fans and now this little magic that we had created rubbed off onto our financially strapped sponsor who found solace and joy in this small clan of kids playing a game of baseball.
I am currently a computer systems administrator with a varied career. I have been married for 27 years and am the father of six children. This is my first attempt at a full-length book. In contemplating my experiences and writing this book, I have discovered that while my background may be unique, the feelings associated with simply growing up and the desire to overcome great odds are universal. This is a tale of a different time and place where life was a little slower-paced and our whole world revolved around the outcome of a game. We went out and created our own magic and cast a spell on the rest of the community in the process.
It is my sincere hope that you will take a moment to let my book cast its spell on you. I certainly appreciate your time and consideration as I know that both are very valuable. I will gladly send you a copy of my completed manuscript upon your request. Thank you again for your time.************************************************************************
Well, let me know your thoughts here! I was just reading it and can see some possible areas where I may want to tweak it a bit already, so don't feel badly if you want to critique it some...That's why it's there!