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CALL ME CRAZY, BUT …
For the past three months, my third novel, The Custer Conspiracy, has been circulating among the NY Literati looking for an agent. To date, I have received five requests to see the entire manuscript seeded between thirty-three outright rejections.
Even though I think The Custer Conspiracy is worthy of a mainstream publishing house, I’m not surprised at the level of disinterest. I understand the book business pretty well (I think), and can appreciate the pressures the agent class is under when trying to select books the ordinary reader (you and me) will be allowed to read.
When Americans awoke on July 4, 1876, to celebrate the Centennial of the country’s birth, the first accounts of Custer’s massacre hit the newspapers.
Massacre Of Our Troops. General Custer and Five Companies Killed by Indians.
Three days after Custer’s troops were killed at the Battle of the Little Bighorn, surviving officers and soldiers of Reno and Benteen’s commands began the gruesome task of burying their fallen comrades. Was Custer’s body among them?
** Image above is tombstone of Custer’s brother, Tom.
One hundred forty years ago, on June 25th, 1876 , Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer and 210 troopers under his command were wiped out fighting the Lakota Sioux and Northern Cheyenne at the Little Bighorn valley in southeastern Montana. To this day, the Battle of the Little Bighorn remains one of the most studied, publicized and controversial battles in American history.
Two years ago, on the anniversary of the battle, I stood on that hallowed ground.
Knowing first hand the value of a good editor, I asked my friend Edmond Addeo to be my guest blogger this week. I met Ed at a writer’s conference in San Francisco and was so impressed that I asked him to edit my latest novel, The Custer Conspiracy. Best thing I ever did. I’m proud to introduce Ed to all of you who might be in need of a professional editor. I’ve worked with many editors over the years. Ed is, by far, the best I’ve ever met.