3,001 or Bust -Great Expectations
I’m like a large child at Christmas. They tell me the presses are rolling and the Amazon link should be up any day. Now all I can do now is wait. I recall the words of Paul Howey, my editor at The Laurel of Asheville, “patience my boy, patience.”
Oh well, I guess it keeps old Doc young. As soon as it comes out I’m gonna have to get back to work on “Acquisition Syndrome.” I’m the type to always have something to look forward to.
Once “The Mandolin Case” is out there, I have to move forward. I look at it not as the finish line, but only a chance to get to the starting gate. I feel like a pony who has trained for years and now they’re gonna let me on the track to run. I hope I don’t stumble and break a leg before the first turn. I’m not the type to be nervous about much; as a doc I have seen a lot, but I gotta admit my heart is in this book, and I hope it doesn’t fall too flat.
My only sales goal is 3,001. I have high hopes, but I know it ain’t “Great Expectations.” I only got one critical review in the run-up to publication. One fellow said he thought all the music needed to be changed to opera and insinuated bluegrass people wouldn’t read. That made me mad. It’s okay to diss me but don’t get after my people. (I’m like Indie on that)
That man’s last book sold 3,000 copies. There is nothing wrong with that, and I’m not very competitive by nature, but the human in me wants to whup him on that. Kathy Boyd and Phoenix Rising of Portland, Oregon reserved copy number 3,001. So, it’s 3001 or bust. The kid has faith, so we’ll see.
As I have mentioned I’ll be at the Red White and Bluegrass festival in Morganton N.C. July 1-4. After that, my agent has about four more stops lined up for me for the rest of 2010. As soon as dates firm up on that I’ll let you know.
Starting in 2011, my wife plan about 6-8 outings a year. That’s about all I can do and still tend to my Doc gig. I still like the job and love my people. I’m not ready to give it up. Besides, if I retired I’d drive everyone crazy; way too much energy. I’m just an overgrown boy.
Years ago one of my buddies on the bluegrass tour told me he made it all the way to California and back. He said they met great people, ate fine food, played a lot of music, and sold enough CDs to come home with ten more dollars than he started with.
He’s my hero and that is my goal. Some day we want to make it all the way to California and points in between so y’all watch for us. We love a great jam session and will pick for food. See ya out there.
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