This is the time of year when you start hearing about all the exciting new baseball titles you can look forward to. And don’t worry, I’ll get to those soon.
But I can’t help feeling a bit sad about the short “buzz-span” of a book. Heck, even that perennial best-seller Moneyball isn’t talked or written about much, but the sales keep climbing. I know that people will still buy 501 Baseball Books Fans Must Read before They Die since the information remains basically the same (although I wouldn’t be surprised if an updated version is in the cards). But even so, the newness isn’t there any more. It’s like having a kid go from an infant to an independent adult in a year. All the new authors will be enjoying their experiences and, save for a perhaps few events, my run is over.
Even though I’m working on a new (non-baseball) sports book, it’s not the same. 501 was my first, about a topic I love, so it will always be special.