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October 14, 2014

“Been away so long I hardly knew the place,…”

Haven’t forgotten my peeps. Just been crazy busy with my new book.

Kind of interesting, having had the experience with 501 Baseball Books Fans Must Read before They Die with it’s bipolarness — highs when the book was doing well and the interviews were frequent, and lows in terms of zero royalties (which does not mean the book has stopped selling), and decreasing interest/feedback from the publisher as they move on to new projects — I wonder what will this project will bring.

It’s a different publisher with a different philosophy, but the subject matter — the Maccabiah Games, aka “The Jewish Olympics” — has a niche audience. Just the thing for bar/bat mitzvah and Chanukah presents! Perhaps there will be even more opportunities for author events around the U.S. and even around the world, since the Maccabiah Games is an international event. (After all we are the people of the book.)

It’s certainly been a challenge. I’ve been quite surprised/disappointed in the lack of “official” record-keeping. One of the interesting aspects of the Games is that the sporting events change so frequently, depending on  if there are enough participating athletes. Sometimes there are, sometimes not. So in one “Maccabiyad” you might have Team Handball, but not in the next, then have it again in the one after that.

Another curious encounter is the lack of what I would consider cogent and organized record-keeping. There’s a lot of raw data in the form of spreadsheets, which I’ve been trying to decipher, but if there’s an “official” list of winners, I have yet to encounter it. It’s almost as thought the organizers don’t think it’s all that important.

While the creative process is fun — you “meet” all kinds of interesting people in the interview process —  I’m looking forward to handing in the manuscript, tinkering with the editing, and leaning back with a tall frosty beverage.

Of course, all this means I haven’t read a baseball book in a long time. There are some interesting things coming down the pike. I’ll be writing about them soon.

Wish me luck.

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