The Blast Needs Your Help!
If you are a regular reader of The Blast your loyalty is appreciated. Having now "published" for over a year, I have decided it is time to create a Blast anthology --- a book. Attached below is a rudimentary "book proposal" and what I need from regular readers are recommendations: let me know what your favorite/most interesting/best Blast's are. (There's a Blast archive, which has Blasts #1-152, with an accompanying directory --- all along the tabs above). I also could use help with a) the book proposal (for those with experience, revisions, additions, edits?) and b) finding a literary agent (again, those with experience, please help!). If you don't leave a comment here, you can "message" me on FB or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks.
If, of course, you think this is a crazy, stupid idea --- a pipe dream, as it were --- feel free to say that, too. So, that's today's Blast.
A Book Proposal?
BoomeRant is a collection of essays that began appearing as blog posts starting in August of 2016. The initial idea was to produce a blog entitled The Daily Blast, but I quickly discovered that creating a daily 1.000-word essay requires more time, concentration, and energy than I might have every day. So, the blog morphed into The Blast and is now approaching 300 posts. They span a variety of subjects: politics, the arts, culture, education, sports, poetry, and so on, and are presented from a distinct point of view (mine).
As an inveterate New Yorker, a retired teacher with 42 years in a variety of educational settings, and, most significantly, a Baby Boomer, I believe/hope these pieces will resonate with a wide variety of readers. Whether progressive or conservative, old or young, male or female, person of color or white, the hope is that everyone can find something in this collection which has meaning, or humor, or insight --- something that speaks to each reader.
Needless to say, politics and “the Year of Trump” tend to get a great deal of attention, but there is also commentary about social media, as well as film and television reviews; there are random (self-made) political/social cartoons and poetry and songs. In all, the hope is that the essence of the past year (since August 16, 2016) is captured with a unique voice and point of view --- but one that is interesting and enjoyable to a wide variety of readers.
September 19, 2016