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.

Another Book? Book Launch in 13 Days..according to Amazon.

Turns out readers are interested in what happens next to Sam Cohen. The book intentionally ends on an ambiguous note. Some readers have asked what or who influenced me to create such passive and yet assertive protagonist. Someone who happens to be at the right place, right time with the wrong people.

I have always enjoyed Jerzy Kosinkis’ book Being There. If you have never read the book or seen the movie, I would recommend you do. It is a great commentary on modern society. The main character, Chauncie Gardiner, a very simple minded, well meaning middle aged man is thrust into the position of greatness simple because he inherited a ton of money from a Wall Street tycoon. Anything he says is considered profound simply because people associate his wealth with wisdom, only in America.

Sam is not Chance ( Chauncie) but he learns that people with wealth and position are considered brilliant regardless of their actual deeds or IQ. Sam, like Chance, is passive to the events that are occurring primarily because, like Voltaire’s character Pangloss in Candide is an optimist, above all, as the world around him falls apart. I suppose Sam is more like Candide.

Where does Sam go from there? I have an idea and when I find the time and move on from my first novel Leaving Cleveland, I will start to write down that story. In the meantime, dear reader, let me know what you think and if you purchased and read Leaving Cleveland, write a review, rate the book and/or send a photo of the book to me of it’s geographical location. Let the adventure continue.

Finally, you can purchase the book NOW at Bookbaby or preorder it on Amazon on April 12th…

Thank you for all your support and please subscribe, share and tell your friends. I would love to hear your opinions and ideas.

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