Saturday, July 10, 2010

Making Strides With The Book

Well, I've done it. I managed to copy the first draft of the book I've been co-authoring with a father who lost his son in a tragic accident. For the last few months I've been working a book about sixteen-year-old Kirk Gentrup who was killed while on the baseball field during a championship game back in 1995. Using father Ken "Cruiser" Gentrup's trove of hand-written notes, newspaper clippings, and a collection messages and greeting cards he obtained over the years, I've constructed stirring narrative. At this point, I have only an initial draft complete. That means this work-in-progress still has a ways to go before it is complete.

Then What?

After the manuscript has been completed, edited, and revised I assume the role of publisher for this work. It will mark the second official title to be produced by Founders House Publishing, the small press started by my wife and I. Let me tell, you this is becoming an exciting endeavor to carry on. I know I'm learning more about the writing process, while also bringing to bear all of the skills I've gathered over the last four years as a freelance writer.

This is one of these ambitious projects that has evolved into my own personal growing experience. It offers me great challenges as well as the chance to grow as a writer. That is valuable itself. The book will be a big stepping stone for me since I will assume co-author credit and enjoy the exposure that comes with it. I hope I can make the most of it as a publisher too.

I'll keep everyone informed as we move forward with some of the advanced publicity for the book and I may give you a few peeks into the development process as well. Keep checking back. I'll catch you later.

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