A few years ago I was fortunate enough to receive a grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation, which allowed me to write my first novel There’s A Somebody. It was an enormously satisfying endeavor. In that book I introduced a minor character, Owen Youniacutt, who is truly dear to my heart. Owen is a compilation of fellows I met when I was a big rig driver and men I encountered as owner of a manufacturing business. It’s true I stretched and exaggerated those fellows, but to me the combination makes Owen an American hero.
After the first book came out, I remember driving in Norther California when the song Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys came on the radio. The tune reminded me of Owen – and really each of us – because I felt the lyrics captured the truth that people generally are a bundle of contradictions. Just because you like “smoky old pool rooms” doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy “clear mountain mornings.” And who isn’t (among us guys at least --- women have their own partialities) simultaneously drawn to “little warm puppies and children and girls of the night?”
So I came home from my business trip and started writing All Hat to showcase those paradoxes as characterized by Owen Youniacutt. Here’s a hint: when you read the book, pay attention to the difference between what Owen says and what he does, something you might not have picked up in There’s A Somebody. And although the two books are stand-alones – you don’t have to read one to understand the other – it might be fun to note the short period in There’s A Somebody when Owen drops out of the scene. Those few weeks are the entirety of All Hat.
You’ve probably already watched the video above where I shamelessly beg for money, so it’s only fair I tell you where it’s going. The number one cost will be high quality printing. I’ll again use McNaughton and Gunn because I think they are the best. (Yes this is a self-published book, but it doesn’t need to look like it.) Next, the money will be used for promotion and distribution. There are several components to these categories, some expensive (like re-working my website), other not so much (like registering the copyright), but I promise to stretch the dollars as far as possible using social media, etc. You can help here as well. If you like what I’m doing, send the Kickstarter link to all your book-loving friends.
If you still haven’t had enough of me, here’s an interview where I get to expand on some particulars of the new novel. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMFdZxH9x4c&t=869s
My goal is to have the book in your hands by Christmas, so let’s get this thing published! Thanks!
Risks and challenges
The book is written and edited, and ARCs (Advance Reader Copies) have been sent out for quotes. My only real concern is printing delays around the holidays.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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