The Man Who Saved Two Notch update and new song for the virtual CD (Old Devils by William Elliott Whitmore)


Well, it’s out of my hands now.  I sent the synopsis and manuscript for The Man Who Saved Two Notch to my agent a couple of days ago.  It’s not a young adult novel and that’s the original genre his agency signed me up for, so I have no idea if he’ll want to represent it.  It’s not an automatic just because he’s my agent.  I like it, but that doesn’t mean that it’s marketable.  I don’t have the brand name recognition to carry a book through the vagaries and pitfalls of the market unless it is a primo property.  Publishing a book is a huge risk for traditional publishers.  It kind of parallels the big studio film industry.  I once got feedback from someone in the film industry about The Takers that went something like this, “It’s better than 95% of the stuff that comes across my desk, but I’m looking for something that’s in the top two percent.”  And, I can’t blame him for that. The publishing industry is in the same position.  So, unless it’s in the top two percent, you’d be a fool to take the risk.

That’s not to say that I won’t self-publish if he says no.  Thanks to Createspace it won’t cost me a dime up front.  I have a strangely strong gut feeling about this book that I’ve never felt before.  I’m not talking about the quality of the writing or my abilities as a storyteller.  My ego’s not that out of control.  It’s more like a feeling of total immersion whenever I even think about the story.  That suggests to me that I found “the zone” with this book when I was writing it. You more or less don’t write in the zone.  You simply record what you’re witnessing.

Anyway, I’m adding a new song to The Man Who Saved Two Notch virtual CD.  This is nothing more than a collection of songs that remind me of the story.  Today’s selection is Old Devils by William Elliott Whitmore.  BTW – If you enjoy on any of this songs, I encourage you to let your friends know.  Help an artist out and spread the word.

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