July 19, 2013
I write books more often than some men change their pants
This past weekend may not have brought us justic for Trayvon Martin, but it brought something even more important for me personally. Friday night, I put the finishing touches on my third book.
I'm in the process of giving it a vigorous spell-checking, better than I gave either of the first two, and it should be ready to drop... I don't know, soon. I can't say for certain, because I'm not sure how long it'll take to edit it and put together a paperback version. Possibly as soon as next month. Start getting your three dollars together so you don't have any excuses. #responsibility
This past Friday, the same day I finished this latest book, was the first anniversary of the release of my first book, The Mindset of a Champion. I've now been an author (of $2.99 self-published ebooks) for one year and one week. I could have sworn I've been at this for like 20 years. It definitely feels that way, maybe because I've managed to be so prolific. I started writing the first one in April of last year, so I guess it's been more like a year and three months.
When I dropped my most recent book, Infinite Crab Meats, only about five months ago, I figured I might drop another book in the relative short term. I didn't have shit else to do, and I was generating a lot of text. I had a proverbial hot hand in a dice game. I had to take some time off from the Internets to have my eye slit open for the umpteenth time, and then I figured I'd spend a couple of months working on something and maybe have it ready to drop on the anniversary of the first book.
Obviously, that didn't happen. Part of it's that I spent a couple of months toying around with a different idea that I ultimately decided to set aside, something truly unsavory (even compared to Infinite Crab Meats), and part of it's that I just haven't been able to write it as quickly as I would have liked. I spent all of about two weeks writing The Mindset of a Champion, and I was hoping every book I write would be so easy. That hasn't been the case with either of the last two, perhaps because they're less autobiographical in nature.
Also, Infinite Crab Meats was upwards of 40% longer than the novella-length Mindset of a Champion. It was truly infinite in nature. This new one is probably somewhere in between those two. I won't know exactly how long it is until I'm done editing. One or two things could be cut, if they don't come out just right, or if they seem superfluous. The Mindset of a Champion, as I orginally conceived it, was much longer. Some of what didn't make it into that book is in Infinite Crab Meats, especially some of the stuff from the Wyclef chapter, and I even managed to incorporate one or two things into this new book.
Without saying what it's called or exactly what it's about just yet, because I don't want to, I think it's something the Internets will really, uh, appreciate. It has the potential to be more disliked than either of the first two, which have been strongly reviewed across the board, albeit only by guys who continue to live in their moms' basements well into adulthood, but I think it might also have stronger commercial prospects, which is obviously the most important thing here/in life. The subject matter is less controversial than some of the more lurid aspects of Infinite Crab Meats, generally speaking, but it's kind of thing a young man on the Internets could spend a lot of time discussing. Perhaps a lifetime.
I'll have more info here in the next few weeks, including the title, the cover, what it's about and maybe even an excerpt or two. I should be completely done with the actual text soon, so maybe I'll send out a few review copies, if anyone's interested. I sent out review copies of the last book (in some cases, unsolicited), and people never did get around to posting a review. They might still be reading it. It wasn't that long ago. I read over a hundred books per year, but I live a much different life from most people. If you're from the New York Times, you're reading this, and you'd like a copy to review, or you want me to see if there's a reasonably lengthy section that would be suitable to run as an excerpt, email me. Otherwise, watch this space.
Byron Crawford a/k/a Bol is the celebrated author of several books, most recently NaS Lost: A Tribute to the Little Homey.
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