Last week I said I was gonna be sharing some big news…remember?
Well, the news is that I now officially have a new baseball book in the works! I haven’t signed a contract yet, but it’s basically a done deal.
Earlier this winter (in case you’re wondering about the process leading up to this), I wrote a 20-something-page book proposal and sent it to my agent. She then looked it over and suggested some edits, and we sent it back and forth a few times. Once we felt we had it right, she passed it along to the people at Vintage. (That’s the company that published Watching Baseball Smarter.) They took a couple months to review it and finally made an offer last week, which I accepted after a brief negotiating process.
That’s how it all went down. Pretty standard procedure. And now I have exactly 12 months to write it. From start to finish. 60,000 words. Ouch. And then 12 months after THAT it’ll be published. (That’s March of 2011 for those of you who are keeping score at home.) Why so long? Because once I submit the manuscript, it’ll still need to be edited and illustrated and marketed and printed and distributed, etc.
What’s the book going to be about? I’m not quite sure how to describe it, so let me ramble on for a bit and hopefully that’ll give you an idea. It’s sort of going to be like my first book–How to Snag Major League Baseballs–except ten times better. It’s sort of going to be like my second book–Watching Baseball Smarter–except it’s going to focus on THE BALL itself. So, in addition to having a huge how-to-snag section in there, I’ll be writing about historical facts and anecdotes and trivia and wacky/funny/quirky stuff…all related to the ball. I’m even going to try to visit the Rawlings factory in Costa Rica and write about that, although it might be impossible. (Maybe the Rockies will at least give me a tour of their humidor at Coors Field.) I plan to have a whole section called “Death By Baseball” where I talk about all the players, coaches, fans, and animals that have been killed by balls. Stuff like that. I plan to have a section of snagging-related controversies. I might even have a section that profiles other legendary ballhawks. It’s hard to say. I still haven’t even discussed the specifics with my editor, but we’re planning to talk later this week, and then I’m going to plunge in.
Right now the book is tentatively titled…
THE BASEBALL: Five Ounces and 108 Stitches of Glory
…but that will probably change. If you have suggestions for what the book should be called, feel free to leave a comment and share them with me. If your title ends up getting picked as THE title, I’ll send you two signed copies of the book when it comes out and mention your name in the acknowledgments. (Sorry, I can’t promise you a percentage of the royalties, but hey, at least that’s something, right?) I’m hoping to make this whole process interactive, at least to the extent that Vintage allows it, so stay tuned for more updates.
And get ready for some other big baseball-related news within the next week or two…