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 Graduate Visits the Studio

latest version of the book cover Leaving Cleveland

This is an excerpt of Chapter 21 and to set it up: Izzy is on one of her ” lost weekend” episodes and can not be found. The publisher Jahnie, of the magazine Vinyl, is freaking out since he went out of his way to convince Dustin Hoffman to be photographed for the cover of the magazine by Izzy. Tensions are mounting for Tiny; Sam and Jahnie since Izzy is not returning her calls and Hoffman and his entourage are on their way to the studio. Izzy finally makes an appearance and declares to Sam that she does not feel like taking any photos today and tell him to call off the shoot with Hoffman, but it is too late …..

                                                            Chapter 21

Dustin Pays a Visit

“Good morning, Tiny. Have a good weekend?” 

“Not bad. Went to CBGB’s and saw this band called Blondie. The lead singer was smokin’.” 

“Sorry I missed it. So, what’s happening this week? Any traveling?”

“Izzy left a note for you that she wanted you to start pulling out these images from her archive and taking them to the lab to make 8” x 10” work prints.” 

Tiny handed me a sheet of paper with the names of famous people 

Izzy had photographed. 

“What’s this about and anyway shouldn’t you be on it?” I said, looking at the list.   

“She is putting together a book and I have better things to do.” Tiny turned away and stared at the calendar on her desk. “She does have a big a shoot in the studio on

Friday for Vinyl and wants to have these images printed up by tomorrow. So, get busy.”  

“Are you going to tell me who is coming by this Friday, or am I going to have to guess?” I tried to see what was written on the calendar.  Tiny looked up at me. “Dustin Hoffman.” 

“Seriously?” I said. 

“Seriously,” she said. “He’s between films and Jahnie met him at a party last week and someone convinced him to have his portrait taken by Izzy,”

“Benjamin from The Graduate for fuck’s sake! Great movie!”  

“Personally, my favorite was Kramer vs. Kramer. Nailed the divorced dad and I should know.”  

“OK,” I said. “I’ll track down these chromes and get prints made. Is Izzy coming in today?” 

“Nope. Not till tomorrow. She’s off on one her lost weekends. Probably see her on the side of some milk carton one day.” Tiny let out an unexpected snort.   

Izzy didn’t show up till Wednesday afternoon and Tiny was not happy. The phone never stopped ringing. Jahnie was freaking out, wondering what had happened to Izzy. He was responsible for getting Hoffman to the studio that Friday and according to Tiny was having doubts if that was a good idea. 

Izzy entered the studio as if her absence was never noticed. As soon as she entered Tiny jumped out of her seat. “Where the fuck have you been? Janie’s been calling for the last two days!” 

The presale of the book ©LeavingCleveland will be January 14th, 2023 and can be purchased at all your favorite booksellers 

Launch of the book March 14th 2023 

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