Synopsis: Same Sins Separate Path, a 98,000-word fiction novel is the story of Titus Wilcox, the countrified brother from Beaufort South Carolina who enters wondrously into the corrupt world of Wilfred Grimes (CArJAk), the brash, jive talking, city slicker from Baltimore Maryland.
When Paps flees the backwoods of the Low Country, the only recourse for the remaining Wilcox clan is a journey to higher ground. A gig in Baltimore finally comes through for Aretha Wilcox, inciting the family's new beginning. Once on scene, Titus learns just how far behind the curve he really is when he crosses the path of CArJAk, a foolhardy "Merliner" whose life is plummeting toward an inevitably bad conclusion. Owed to some imperceptible force, out of some indiscernible need, the two are unified into a friendship bond that requires costly sacrifices. As the bare essence of CArJAk's hard luck existence unravels, Titus, who is still licking fresh and painful wounds of his own, is duty-bound to set his homie on a straight and narrow path. Amassing all efforts to stave off the inevitable devastation that follows CArJAk like death s dark shadow, Titus finds himself dangerously caught up into his friends vacuum of despair.
Set in the mid 80s, Same Sins Separate Path stands alone in a few distinct ways. First, it is one of the few passionate stories that reveal a rare, dignified portrait of pure, unadulterated friendship at its best. Secondly, Same Sins Separate Path exposes the undercurrent of fury beneath the skin of young black men who can't seem to get a break. Lastly, it confronts the notion that a conversion from the vestiges of ruin to a life of integrity is impracticable.
Risks and challenges
The bulk of the work involved in producing Same Sins Separate Paths, has already been completed. The story has been written, formatting and cover design has been completed, and a publisher has been identified. I am choosing to work with Ingram Spark, an established, well-known, and reputable print-on-demand-publisher with extensive industry experience and ties.
The next hurdle is in marketing and promotion. While future plans are to launch the novel in as many locations as possible, the two (2) primary settings, Beaufort SC and Baltimore MD have been targeted for initial launch. Devoting an equal amount of time in both venues may present a scheduling challenge but not one that is insurmountable when approached with great coordination, key contacts, and established resources on the ground.
If we are successful in reaching our targeted funding goal, the funds will be used for the following critical components necessary for making Same Sins Separate Paths a total success:
-Email pitch and press release creation
-Press release distribution
-TV and radio appearances
-Scouting, filtering and selection of local bookstores, festivals and events for book signing/book talk
-Schedule guaranteed book signings depending on author availability and store schedule
-Callbacks and follow-ups using phone and emails
-Creation and maintenance of Facebook fan page, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest accounts
-Locating targeted book reviewers
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