Monday, November 18, 2013

A Bittersweet Day For Me

This afternoon I will be emailing my latest manuscript, entitled First Exposure, to Bold Strokes Books for publication.  We’ve already signed the contracts and this novel will be published in the Aug/Sept timeframe of 2014.  Indeed, BSB hasn’t even seen the manuscript, yet they’ve already created a cover. I created the idea of this novel four years ago, and have crafted the manuscript on-and-off since Dec. 2010.

This will be my eighth published novel, and I think it is my best work. It’s a story I’ve come to love, one I’m very proud of. I should be cracking open a bottle of Champagne and tap dancing down Main Street, right?

That exuberant attitude was my stock reaction to my seven previous novels, but I find myself, for the first time, feeling profoundly disheartened about the prospect of giving this work to the world. This story is special to me, and draws from several incidents I experienced during my time serving in the U.S. Navy.

Yes I want to share this work with readers who can appreciate the story and the love that went into it. This work, however, is so personal, that I dread having editors change the wording, or have book reviewers tear it apart, analyze it to death, and attempt to give it some meaningless star rating.  In short, I don’t want people fucking with it or judging it.

J.D. Salinger, after writing Catcher In The Rye, became a recluse. He continued to write every day, yet he never published anything after Catcher. For the first time, I’m beginning to understand his motives. That is, I’m realizing that the process of creation is the main goal, and it is enough.

1 comment:

Dorien/Roger said...

Worry not, Alan; it will be another feather in your literary cap. Let the readers/reviewers form their own opinions as they do with any other book. It is your baby and regardless of how others see it, it is beautiful to you.