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Roundabout Press is looking to fund our debut novel, The Fourth of July by Kevin Dowd.
Roundabout Press is looking to fund our debut novel, The Fourth of July by Kevin Dowd.
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Roundabout Press, a new independent publisher, seeks funds for its first book, a novel by Kevin Dowd entitled The Fourth of July. Roundabout is committed to helping authors realize their work. Every project is a collaborative effort free from the agendas of conglomerate publishing houses. The face of publishing is changing, and our goal at Roundabout is to produce quality books at fair prices by working directly with authors.  

Book Description

It’s summer 1974 on an island off the coast of Connecticut, and all Jack Smith wants is a vacation like he enjoyed in his youth: swimming, sailing, and sunshine. But Jack finds his summer plans quickly spiraling out of control. His estranged wife follows him to the island, looking for money. The priest and constable are conspiring his ruin. And the local Lolita is intent upon seducing him. Jack suddenly has more problems than he can handle, and he deals with them the only way he knows how: with rum and romance, all leading to a calamitous Fourth of July, in Kevin Dowd’s hilarious first novel.

About The Press

Roundabout Press was founded in 2011 with the purpose of publishing new American fiction. We endeavor to provide a forum to literary artists that is free from corporate or conglomerate concerns. We are committed to the printed book as an art form, with design and printing standards of the highest quality (although we also offer electronic and audio formats).

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    A first edition copy of The Fourth of July + A CD of original music by the author, "Jack Smith's Favorite Pick-Up Lines From 1974." Shipping included.

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    A first edition copy of The Fourth of July SIGNED by the author + original doodle personalized by author + A CD of original music by the author, "Jack Smith's Favorite Pick-Up Lines From 1974" + a brand new first edition of Philip Roth's novel, Indignation, (one of Kevin Dowd's favorite authors) signed by Roth. Shipping included.

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