Shot Tower: State of the Project; Library Unbibliography adds

The Project
The hunt for literary representation has been set aside for now. It may revive someday but not if things go as they should (as they will!) In my experience as a writer I have gotten more action ($$$) on my own than I’ve gotten through an agent or manager. I’m still open to considering a representative, however, so if you are one look the site over and consider it all one big query. Use the contact form on the About page, the modern equivalent to the old “Have your people call my people.” We’ll talk.

The active hunt has been set aside because the book is currently being evaluated by a fine publisher that I found on my own It is not a major publishing house but would be the ideal outfit to present this work. I’d hope this is something occurs to their Acquisitions staff as they read it. They should be through with their evaluation in two months or so. What they decide, believe me, you will be the first to know.

To avoid any JINX I will not name the organization now.


Unbibliography Adds

These titles:
The Philadelphia Riots of 1844: A Study in Ethnic Conflict by Michael Feldberg
Still Philadelphia by Fredric M. Miller, Morris Vogel and Allen F. Davis
Wicked Philadelphia by Thomas H. Keels

This set of titles is notable for two reasons: 1. a visit to the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Central Branch allowed me to put my hands on some books that were consulted during the project. 2. the page for this Unbibliography list notes that the influence of the works can vary by degree. The book Still Philadelphia, is a case in point. That’s a book I owned a long time ago (the 70s!) I once gave a copy to my mother as a gift. Yet influence this project it did and not to such a minor degree.

As I looked through it after returning from the library I saw a page in that book that influenced a major theme in my book, though I hadn’t actually seen the page in decades. I do remember the concept arising with me outside this project over the years. It was confirmed in my research during the project.

This is the idea and it is advanced by a character in the book, complete now for months: The neighborhood between Lombard and South Streets, and from river to river (part of it W.E.B. Du Bois’s Seventh Ward), was the oldest black neighborhood in the county, and it was integrated.





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