Monday, April 14, 2008

Under contract

Ray Schalk, 1914
Bain Collection, Library of Congress

It was no surprise -- we've communicated off and on over the past year -- but today I received a publishing contract for my next book, the biography of Ray Schalk.

The book about Schalk, the Hall of Fame catcher for the Chicago White Sox (1912-28), will be published by McFarland & Co., Inc., of Jefferson, N.C.

McFarland also published my Red Faber biography.

Even knowing that a contract was likely, I felt some relief when it arrived. It represents an important step in the process. Having an "outside publisher" lends credibility to the effort.

My self-selected deadline is January 31, 2009. That seems a long ways off, but there is much to be done!

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