This week, I took the difficult step of separating from my literary agent after he was unable to place my book with a publisher and had fallen out of a communication with me since late last year. I did not take this step lightly, but going forward, I realize that I need more aggressive and supportive representation for my manuscript if I am to make a success of it. My now-former agent said, in his parting message, that he surveyed other agents who agreed that publishers are not interested in the “Americana” field and have difficulty seeing a book about celebrity as “serious,” which tells me that my agent was probably not selling my book on its strongest or most relevant points. I have some potential plans and options for moving forward, but in the meantime, I will be taking some time to revise the manuscript to make it the best-documented book about James Dean every written, not least so no one can challenge my conclusions on the facts.
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4/2/2023 12:53:23 pm
This is the way.
4/2/2023 01:54:48 pm
Good luck with the agent dilemma. Sounds like a process with multiple intricacies. Sounds like major headache.
4/5/2023 04:26:06 pm
I did not write a book *about* anyone's sexual orientation. I told a story about a period in history, and part of that history is the way society worked to repress and suppress non-heteronormative identities. The purpose isn't to care about someone's sexual orientation but to understand the trauma and damage of a time when even slight deviations from the norm faced ruthless punishment. For better or worse, James Dean's life is one of the best-documented from that era in this subject, and also important because of the impact on later generations of queer men.
4/7/2023 08:41:57 pm
"The purpose isn't to care about someone's sexual orientation but to understand the trauma and damage of a time when even slight deviations from the norm faced ruthless punishment."
Another Book by Daniken
4/2/2023 03:29:03 pm
Erich von Däniken, Enoch and The Return Of The Gods
4/3/2023 01:49:38 pm
James Dean is a long way from your usual subject matter
4/6/2023 12:09:56 am
Man on Man Impact in the Americas. You don't get to dictate, Debby Beedees.
4/6/2023 02:56:30 pm
Have a word with Nick Redfern or David Hatcher Childress about getting books published.
Norma Jean Sweet Jane Dean Martin Milner in Route 666
4/8/2023 01:39:45 am
But if you talk to Redfern be prepared to travel the world and fvck your fans. And threaten people with beatings that never have happened and never will happen. Oh yeah, that first thing never happened either.
4/7/2023 12:15:37 pm
I have to say, every used bookstore has tons of Americana and celebrity books on the shelves. It was obviously a huge topic in the 20th century. I don't know how to judge your agent's comments, but it is remarkable to me how the American public is perhaps losing interest in our country's own history.
4/14/2023 06:38:01 pm
If we take "Americana" as meaning pop culture and not Howard Zinn's nonsense or U.S. Grant's autobiography, Larry McMurtry's Booked Up in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington DC never did.
4/12/2023 08:01:46 pm
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