On with the show, this is it!
That Oscar-winning rabbit concluded his intro with that tune, and, as of 12:01 a.m. today (Wednesday, August 17), my fifth novel, Cowboys Come Home, is up for nomination in Amazon’s KindleScout program.
Two previous novels — KindleScout is fiction only — have been published in the program, which is something of a bridge between traditional and new publishing. Here’s a fine, balanced account of the pros and cons.
Many of you have been kind enough to read previous books of mine, dating back to the late 1990s, when I wrote my first NASCAR book, At Speed, and even back to 1986, when my first book of any kind, Pride of Clinton, hit the local shelves. Long out of print, Pride of Clinton was a history of my high school alma mater’s football team.
It was significant because it still means something to people here — I’m often asked if I have any more copies, which I don’t — and because it convinced me I was capable of writing books.
I tried to get fiction published as far back as the late eighties, but all I got were form-letter rejections. I decided I needed to get better. I don’t know if I’m good enough now, but I’m better.
I just produced a short video about my fiction.
I like to ramble with my subject matter. Maybe I’m searching for a niche, but that would be a bonus if I found one. Basically, I’ve written what I like to write. As a sportswriter, I always thought that if I was interested in something, undoubtedly there were considerable others out there who would be, too. I guess I’m not interested in a market as much as my market. It’s quite possible that innate stubbornness plays a role.
Writing fiction is hard. Doing anything well is hard. Ask a comedian. Ask a musician. Ask a plumber.
I’d appreciate it if you’d consider the merits of my new submission, Cowboys Come Home, which is modern western about the travails of a couple Marines coming back to Texas after meritorious service in World War II. Click on the link above (the title), and you can read a short synopsis, the first three chapters, and a Q&A with me about the book.
It’s quite different from the first four. Not as much parental discretion is required. The language is cleaner. It’s quite violent, at times. It’s got the same hard edge as the first four – in order, The Audacity of Dope, The Intangibles, Crazy of Natural Causes, and Forgive Us Our Trespasses – but it’s set in a different time and place.
If you find it promising, nominate it. If it is selected, you will receive a free download before publication, the better, presumably, for you to tell others you like it in the form of posts, tweets, Amazon and Goodreads customer review. Every little bit helps, and every little bit is worth at least an advance download if Amazon deems its quality as more than a little bit.
It takes two clicks to give my book a little nudge.
I’ve written four novels and a collection of short stories. I’ve also written a number of books about sports, mostly about NASCAR. You can find most of them here.
The Kindle versions of my books, where available, can be found above. Links below are to print editions.
I’ve written a crime novel about the corrosive effects of patronage and the rise and fall of a powerful politician and his dysfunctional family, Forgive Us Our Trespasses.
I’ve written about what happens to a football coach when he loses everything, Crazy of Natural Causes.
I’ve written a tale of the Sixties in the South, centered on school integration and a high school football team, The Intangibles.
I’ve written a rollicking yarn about the feds trying to track down and manipulate a national hero who just happens to be a pot-smoking songwriter, The Audacity of Dope.
I’ve written a collection of 11 short stories, all derived from songs I wrote, Longer Songs.
Most of my sports columns are at montedutton.com.
Follow me on Twitter @montedutton, @hmdutton (about writing), and/or @wastedpilgrim (more opinionated and irreverent). I’m on Facebook (Monte.Dutton), Instagram (TUG50), and Google-Plus (MonteDuttonWriter).
Coming soon: My fifth novel, a modern western, Cowboys Come Home.