Change in the Weather, Change in the Title…

New cover, What do you think?

As you can see it has been almost a year since I announced the completion of my fictional memoir ” Leaving Cleveland.” What am I up to? Well, as one literary agent expressed ” You are a good writer and this is a good story and we would be interested in representing you BUT……you are not famous, yet.” He was absolutely right. Not to be deterred, I decided to go the self-publishing route. I am have researching the best way and have learned a lot about self-publishing and publishing on demand. The more I have learned the clearer it became that for this book it is the best way. I have been in contact with BookBaby and have gotten all their info and costs. I will be also applying for a grant through the college I teach photography , Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. They award grants to help their faculty complete projects they are working on. If I do receive the grant, the wheels will be in motion and I hope to have this book out by early fall, just in time for the holiday season.

If you have been following my posts you will also notice that I have changed the title to Leaving Cleveland. When you follow the upcoming posts and read the book will make more sense. So please sign up for notices of new posts and tell your friends. If you are new to this blog , you can read some of the entries, although I will be submitting more entries in each new post as I keep you up to date with my experience of self publishing. I have also made a slight change to the cover, let me know what you think and if you have any suggestions. See if you can guess what the story is about by the cover….My goal is to post once a week and as things start to getting closer to publishing date even more.

The Book Blurb: Leaving Cleveland

No the fun part and learning part begins. I have never self published before so there is a lot to learn. I am working with the company BookBaby who does this all the time and they have been very helpful. I reached out to them to let them know how money I had to work with to publish and they gave me a breakdown of all the things I could do and reassured me I was in good shape for a good launch of the book. The launch of the book btw is in March of 2023.

The Blurb:

Knowing there must be more to his predictable life in Cleveland, Ohio, recent college graduate and aspiring photographer, Sam Cohen, stumbles into an unforgettable adventure in the heart of the New York City celebrity and art world in the 1980’s.  

After a year of apprenticing the “White Rastafarian” in his wacky commercial photo studio, Sam gets his break and becomes the photo assistant to the world-famous Izzy Teivel. 

It is an auspicious start for Sam but reality sets in and dysfunction prevails. Izzy who is revered by her fans, clients, and subjects but abusive to everyone else especially Sam who finds himself questioning his choices and sanity. 

 The pressure manifests as nightmares of his father’s past as a concentration camp survivor. Sam’s guilt of leaving his family behind is triggered through a photo assignment Izzy is given by Vanity Way to photograph famous Jewish writers, Elie Wiesel, and I.B. Singer. Morally conflicted, Sam has to decide whether to return to Cleveland to help his estranged father and over protective mother or to stay and pursue his own selfish dreams. 

Steven H. Begleiter from his upcoming book ©LEAVING CLEVELAND .

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Steven H. Begleiter

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