Hello all. Yesterday, I finished the manuscript of “New Dawn – the fight to free Fallujah.” My first great surprise was that my new publisher, Savas Beatie LLC, wanted me to send them a Word document. My last publisher, one of the largest in the world, insisted that I send them a single-sided, double-spaced, printed copy. They did not want the electronic copy. I think they still had a bunch of monks working by candlelight in the back room.
To be fair, Savas Beatie wants a printed copy too, but they started reviewing my manuscript immediately and I saved a bunch of money not having to FedEx three pounds of paper across the country overnight. So far, I am very happy with my new publisher.
I have to thank Nicholas Vuckovich and Gunny Nick Popaditch, author of Once a Marine, for helping me hook up with Ted Savas.
For those of you that have been following my adventure, you will remember that my old publisher refused to publish my Fallujah Book. LtCol Nicholas Vuckovich (ret) read my post about being turned down. I had interviewed him for the book, as he was the RCT-7 Operations Officer. He immediately sent me an email, offering his help.
LtCol Vuckovich knew Gunny Pop, and knew about his publisher. He hooked me up with Gunny Pop and I called him the next day. Nick Popaditch is a wonderful man. We talked for a half hour and he offered to place a copy of my book proposal into Ted Savas’ hand the following week.
To make a long story short, Ted Savas offered me a book deal and I eagerly accepted. He asked me how long it was going to take me to finish and I told him I thought I could be finished by 1 August. Ted wrote a 1 September deadline into the contract and I sent him the manuscript yesterday.
In the coming months, Ted and I will go through two or three editing cycles, select maps and photographs for the book and work to put together a marketing plan. Finishing the manuscript is just the completion of one of many steps in producing a best-seller.
Now, I have to put on my marketing hat. We are hoping to release New Dawn by Spring of next year. In my next post, I will return to telling some of the stories of the brave men who fought in Operation Phantom Fury. Keep watching for updates and tell all your friends to follow along too. I want to build an army of readers by next spring.
The adventure continues.