The book will be released on October 10, 2016. It will be available on Amazon and foundationsbooks.com in both paperback and Kindle additions. This is exciting! Originally, I was planning on self-publishing because I didn’t want to deal with the process of submissions and rejections, trying to find an agent, and struggling several years to make any progress. Then a friend, a fellow author, told me about her publisher and I sent them an query. They asked to see the manuscript and the three days later I was offered a publishing contract with Foundations, LLC publishing company. They are not a vanity press. They are a small, independent publishing house. It has been a strange ride, but a good one!
It’s very exciting! I found a publisher for the book. GOODBYE, SATURDAY NIGHT will be published by Foundations, LLC. I signed the contract last week. It is hard to believe that after 37 years, the book will be in print and out to the reading public. It has been a wonderful trip and the folks at Foundations are wonderful to work with. I am very happy to be represented by a publishing house. Stay tuned for more details.
Writing a novel is truly the most difficult task I have ever undertaken. Getting the words down on paper is not the hard part. Getting the words to say what I feel and, at the same time, seem rich and interesting to the reader, is the hard part. I started the book 36 years ago, left it alone for 35 years then started writing and editing it once again. It has now become an obsession. I can’t seem to turn it loose. I just keep rewriting and more rewriting. It’s almost there… I hope.
I spent a productive day working on the book. Writing is most rewarding, but very challenging. Rewriting seems to be a never ending process. At some point someone is just going to have to take the manuscript away from me and call it done.
I posted tonight on the Facebook page of GOODBYE, SATURDAY NIGHT about Evan Hunter. I mentioned he wrote 117 novels, in addition to plays, screenplays, and television work, between 1952 and his death in 2005 at the age of 78. The more I think about it the more I really appreciate the genius of Evan Hunter. He was a very good writer and received many awards and published several best-sellers, including BLACKBOARD JUNGLE (1954) and LAST SUMMER (1968). He was highly acclaimed for his brilliant screenplay for Alfred Hitchcock’s THE BIRDS (1963). It is absolutely amazing he could write so many books, and most of them good works. It has taken me 36 years to get GOODBYE, SATURDAY NIGHT to a point where I am almost ready to send it to the editor. I’m not sure I have time to write a second novel. #evanhunter #lastsummernovel #prolificwriters
Just when I thought the novel was getting ready to send off to the professional editor, the rewrite bug bit me and I began to revise and edit once more. It seems this endless process of rewrite will end when someone actually takes the manuscript away from me and sends it to press.
We had a great creating writing conference at University of the Pacific this past weekend. It was the first writing conference I’ve attended and I wonder why it’s taken me so song. I attended sessions on publishing, writing dialogue, marketing, and creating a book that sales. Thanks to Scott Evans for organizing such a wonderful event. I can’t wait until next year.