Sunday, September 30, 2012

Sept. 30 - Oct. 6, 2012 Discussions

The news is that there is no news.  Last week,there were no discussions, no news articles and no 11th anniversary articles about the anthrax attacks of 2001.

On Monday, I sent out a final batch of 14 query letter emails to literary agents to tell them about my new book.  I received back 2 rejections the same day, 2 more the next day, and 1 on Friday.  I also received a form-letter rejection slip from book publisher Farrar, Straus & Giroux on Monday.

So, it looks more and more like I'll be self-publishing. 

I finished the first version of the Index for my book.  I may go through the book again just to add more entries about Bruce Ivins.  He's mentioned on nearly every page in about 70% of the book, so I tended to just pass over those mentions when I did the first version of the Index for everyone and everything else.  Finishing the Index says that my book will be 391 pages long after I complete the 2-page "About the Author" section.

The next step is to get some quotes from printing companies on how much it will cost me to print 300 copies of the 391-page book.  Once I have those quotes, I can do a Cost-Benefit analysis to see if I should go with a regular printing company or a print-on-demand company like iUniverse.

Meanwhile, there's still been no arrest or news in the Syracuse hoax letter case.  "DXer" on Lew Weinstein's blog lives in Syracuse, and he's saying, "It appears that there’s going to be an arrest shortly in the Syracuse anthrax hoax letters matter."  I hope so.  It's a very interesting case, and I'd like to see how all the various pieces of the puzzle actually fit together.


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