Friday, March 21, 2008

Here's the Story...


On more than one occasion over the past year or so, I've referenced a full-length manuscript that I wrote and hoped to shop to publishers. It's a memoir which chronicles, in stark detail, my heroin addiction, time in rehab and stupidly impetuous move to New York City immediately following 9/11.

While "The Book," as my wife and I call it ominously, has been considered by three major publishers -- all of whom seemed to like it, but not enough to pick it up -- only a handful of friends and family have read it cover-to-cover. I readily admit that, because of the sensitive nature of the subject matter, I've been reluctant to even shop the damn thing; I've wavered on the fate of my work -- which I'm certainly proud of having accomplished -- for months and months. As I said, only three publishing houses have seen it, which doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of possible takers.

Since first mentioning the existence of my little memoir, I've received emails and comments wanting to know when it might be published -- and each excerpt I've posted has brought more and more of these. I really can't tell you how much I appreciate the interest and the support; it's all meant quite a bit to me and may have helped me to reach a point of critical mass in my head.

So, after talking it over with Jayne, I've decided that I'm going to put my money where my mouth is -- both as a writer and someone who claims to believe in the power of new media: I'm going to release my full-length memoir via the internet. I'll make it available for download from this site, for a price that's yet to be determined. (It won't be a fortune, I promise.)

For the record, after a slew of edits and clean-ups -- the last of which is being done this week -- and a rotating host of working titles, the name of the book is Dead Star Twilight.

You'll have to trust me that it has meaning.

I'm both terrified and excited to finally be getting this thing out there, and I'll probably delve more into my decision to release it online -- what made me think that this is the way to go, all Fugazi/grass roots style -- at a later date. I'll also likely be posting one last "new" excerpt from the book before the release date.

And that release date is Tuesday, April 8th.

(Welcome to the Monkey House/6.4.07)

(The Ex Files/6.7.07)

(Imperfect Strangers/8.30.07)

(With Love and Resentment, Your Past/9.5.07)

(Listening Post: Memoir Edition/1.27.08)

25 comments:

largo said...

Can't effing wait.

This is a really, really good idea by the way. It's going to pay off for you big time.

Paul said...

Congrats, Chez, both on the publication of the book and on the upcoming "Little Chez."

You couldn't have picked a better date for the release of your manuscript; April 8 is the due date of my first little one -- the next in a long list of dates which will live in infamy!

Nancy said...

I'll buy.

Big surprise, eh.

n, np

trish said...

Yup, put me down for one.

Anonymous said...

It's terrific that you are getting it out now, as it kinda has has an expiration date. It would take a publisher another year at best to release it.

Next year, everything will be completely different!

Do you have anything in the drawer to pull out????

Incoherent Mess said...

That's awesome. I'm definitely buying.

There, I said it said...

I'll mark my calendar.

Anonymous said...

Great, I will also be a supporter, however I am asking for 2 versions please. one regular and lets for the love of all that is unholy get an audio version as well, so I can listen to it when I am running!

Deacon Blue said...

Oh, sure, cut out the middlemen and leave the poor publishers unable to get their cut. Ya pinko commie scumbag...

Now that I've gotten that off my chest, time to go find some free music and movies on the Internet.

Oh, don't forget to dedicate the thing to Sarah Jessica Parker.

Anonymous said...

Umm, how many people read your blog, and leave comments? Are you sure this is the best way to market your book?

schwa242 said...

Sweet... can't wait!

Tom said...

Cant wait to see it!
All though i have to admit that I will first be searching for a pirate version.
I'm just that kind of guy :D
But look at it this way, if there are pirated versions of your book circulating it has to be worth something right?

Anonymous said...

Excellent!

tamara said...

Awesome...will be waiting, baited breath and all!

Question, though—how would one go about getting a signed copy?

Anonymous said...

I'm thrilled for my sake to get to read it that soon, but Chez, I really think you could be on the best seller list with this one. Are you sure? You have a built in fan base for your first book signing tour, etc. Of course you've got plenty more in you, but I really wanted this one with a hard cover, purchased at Barnes & Noble, and signed by you! Whatever you charge, I will buy it this way anyway, but...

Nathan said...

I'll probably buy. And I disagree with those who say don't put it out this way. Partly its about having the balls to put yourself out there. If you've got another book in you, you've got another book in you. Its also not unheard of for an author to be discovered by an agent or publisher because they put their work online. I don't see any downside to it.

Alice said...

well, of COURSE I'll download it... and print the damn thing out...then hunt you down in NYC to get it signed!

Dammit, Chez- I wanted hardcover! :)

Anonymous said...

Noooooooooooooo I wanted a hard-cover version signed by you so I could display it proudly on my shelf to show off to everyone with all that "I knew about him BEFORE he was famous *nose in the air*" stuff!

I hate you. :(

Paul said...

I'm in, can't wait! Do you accept kroner?

sam said...

Yep, yep... sign me up.

firedmyass said...

All hell of yes... I'm in.

Anonymous said...

I am so fucking excited!!

Harris said...

Dead. Star. Twilight? Did the other guys in your emo band agree to that?

cajun man said...

anticipa'shon

anonymom said...

I'm in. Can't wait. And I fully support the way you're putting this out too. Big ups.