All good things must come to an end.
I’m about a week out from finishing my work on The Benefactor here in Los Angeles. By now (if you’ve been watching) you’ve probably seen some of the promos on ABC, the articles and the appearances by Mark on CNN and various other programs. The buzz machine has begun. And you won’t be disappointed.
What a time to have to be done. It just means that now it’s time to get back to the things I had to put aside (briefly) before I started on the show.
There’s a lot of things currently all waiting to pop. I’m still in negotiations with an unnamed film company to let them acquire my screenplay. This, of course, is still in the back and forth between the lawyers, each jockeying for a better deal on both sides. I try to stay out of it. I try not to think about it. Because, when you do, you obsess over it and start spending money in your mind. Can’t do it. Not gonna do it.
Then, of course, there’s the followup book to my first one. It has nothing to do with the first book (i.e. no letters) except for the fact that it’s another humor book. The proposal is all good to go except for a packet of material I’ve got to put together… Things like video clips of me when I was on CNN talking about the book, some radio transcripts from the interviews I did when it came out and all the print press the book got. This, of course, helps any publisher see how much “the author” did to get himself out there and sell books. I’m hoping to finally get the whole proposal out in the next few weeks, then it’s a lot of waiting.
But July comes quickly, and that’s when Consumer Joe comes out for some attention. Starting next month the book will be featured at all Barnes & Noble Bookstores on their Humorous, Helpful & Odd tables. That’s right, people. I’m talking, every single B&N across the country. It will actually be the first time since the book came out late last year that it will be featured on those tables. (It was on the shelves, of course.) Don’t know if you know it – but it costs $$$ to get a book on tables and displays. It’s called Co-Op and it’s what every book author hopes their publisher will go after, but it’s always a longshot for first time or unknown authors. It takes being able to show the bookstores that your book has had steady sales for sometime on its own merits. If it can do that, they’ll consider some face time for it. So, the B&N result is a good one.
There’s other stuff, as well. Must get back to a screenplay I was working on and get into a few freelance magazine articles I’ve been tapped to write. And while that’s going on, I must definitely catch a few of the movies I’ve missed over the last few months.
All in all, it all sounds do-able and great in theory.
Then again, I may just take a long nap. My pillows are so comfortable.