Tuesday, January 27, 2009

It's a wrap!


After more than two years and 400-some pages, on Monday I shipped my Ray Schalk biography manuscript to my publisher, McFarland & Co.

My suggested title is Cracker: Ray Schalk, Hall of Fame Catcher of the Chicago White Sox. I can't predict whether McFarland will like that title (or my suggestion for a cover photo), but it's not my call.

The photo shows the manuscript binder, which, with the CD of the entire text, photos and captions, weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces. That is about the weight of a newborn baby, and this was my "baby" for the past couple of years.

An acquaintance who is prolific with these books observed to me, "You are never really finished writing a book. You finally just have to stop." I know what he means. I could have added this or polished that. But this book needed to be done.

Now the wait begins. It will be many months before I receive page proofs. My hope is that a finished book will be out by Thanksgiving, but that is optimistic. McFarland says books take 9-15 months after submission.

Meantime, I'll catch up on long-overdue projects around the house -- and think about my next project.