Soon to be a Book: “Acquisition Syndrome”

        My draft of “Acquisition Syndrome” is now on the way to my agent via Fed Ex. There are still many steps before it makes it print. (Agent, publisher, graphic artists, page layout and design, revision suggestions by my editor Dorrie O’Brien,  proof copy tests readers, line editors etc etc. To be ready by Christmas is optimistic, but maybe we’ll be lucky. AFter the first of the year is more realistic.

        You will not be surprised that some of this book is a light-hearted romp through the world of some bluegrass picking doctors. Those of you who know me well will also not be surprised the book also has some serious undertones.

        The subtitle is “From Healing Art to Business.” You may have noticed the trend in recent years medicine has become too business oriented and not as patient centered, at least not enough to suit me. The book explores this unfortunate trend and the human factors of greed and exploitation that underly it. I assure you the story will not please big business or big insurance whatso ever, so when they come looking for me, just say, “Dr. B? Oh he’s just some crazy bluegrass picker down in North Carolina, Harvey County I believe. Trust me, they are gonna be some kind of unhappy, so please, if it ain’t one of our kind, don’t point me out to ‘em at a festival. I think regular folks like us will enjoy the book, though.

        You can count on this: The story will take you deep inside the world of modern medicine to places you did not know existed and will expose traps I hope you avoid in your travels. The story is fiction but it is true fiction. As I’ve always said, fiction should show the truth but tell no facts. I worked on this book very hard even the summer I was sick, and I hope I did that. I hope you guys enjoy it as much as “The Mandolin Case.” With the support of the bluegrass community ‘the Mandolin Case” made it all the way to #1 on the Amazon Country  Book list last summer. I recall the one publisher who said bluegrass people wouldn’t read. Now they have shown interest in “acquisition Syndrome.” I told my agent I wasn’t trying to be mean but sorry, I dance with who brung me. If that guy didn’t have faith in us before he’ll have to wait in line a little while. And  like Dr. Bones Robertson in “Acquisition Syndrome” I’m a nice fellow, but can have a tenacious side if someone disses my people.

        Will keep you posted on developments.

dr. B

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23 Comments on “Soon to be a Book: “Acquisition Syndrome””

  1. Carolyn Brooks Says:

    Sounds wonderful — VERY much looking forward to reading it. There are those of us that remember health care when it was about the patient – not big business. Sometimes “progress” is anything but.

  2. jel Says:

    2 WOO HOOs!

    somthing to look forward too!
    and for The Mandolin Case making it too #1 :)

    • drtombibey Says:

      Thanks Jel. I hope to get well enough for me and the wife to take the book tour to Missouri some day. Dr. B

      • jel Says:

        doc, that would be nice, if ya could,

        but if not maybe , I could talk DH in to taking a trip up there!

        Is there any cool places to take picture of up there? :)

  3. kcleighton Says:

    Wasn’t it Twain who said we want our fiction to be more real than our reality? Looking forward to reading it when it hits the bookstore! I can’t tell you enough what it has meant to me to find your site. Every week this aspiring author learns something new.
    Keep kickin’ the you know what out of old long gone and stay cool Dr. B.
    kc

  4. Cyranette Says:

    Greatly looking forward to it! You’re a true inspiration and heck of a culturalist.

  5. Teresa LeMaster Says:

    Looking forward to the next book. We know all about those precious insurance companies don’t we Dr. B? Looking forward to seeing you at Darin and Brooke’s CD release . Hope this finds you feeling just lovely today!! Prayers to you , my friend.

  6. Felix Miller Says:

    Ah, the next book, eagerly anticipated here in our house. You are a worker, Dr. B., Barbara and I admire your spirit and determination. We will read any book by the world’s best (and only) author of medical bluegrass fiction, true but without facts.


  7. Doc B! I’ve missed you! I’m waiting eagerly for this new book – it’s a sequel of sorts to “The Mandolin Case,” right?

    How are you doing, though? I haven’t seen an update on your situation in a while. My thoughts are still with you and I often wonder and worry about where you’re at and how you’re coping. I hope Marfar and the kids are being as supportive as they can be, and that music is continuing to be as strong a presence in your life as always.

    • drtombibey Says:

      slightly, So good to hear from you. Yes, it is a sequel to “The Mandolin Case’. Of course Indie is gone and Dr. Bones Robertson does his best to fill his shoes and serve as a mentor to young Dr. Billy Spurgeon.

      Overall I am doing OK considering my Dx. I am tired and my vision is poor but my wife keeps me going.


  8. Can’t wait to read it…..keep on writing..and playing…Wishing you the best.

  9. June Says:

    Moose’s wife hooked me up with your site and I love it. You are a very talented physician, writer, and musician….very impressive.

  10. carmenbgml Says:

    You have been staying BUSY! Can’t wait! Proud to be your friend.


  11. It has been a tough summer but I’m hnanging in there. Dr. B

  12. Smitty Pres. of Neuse River Fan Club Says:

    Doc,glad you have started the process. I stiil remember the time we got to play golf at Lake Lure, just seems like yesterday.


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