I began writing CONFESSIONS OF AN HONEST MAN thirty years ago. I acquired a high profile literary agent named Scott Meredith, thanks to the sale of a short story to Playboy Magazine. The story won Playboy's Best Story Award for the year. It seemed that I was shot out of a rocket; my career was launched and I had editors at Meredith's agency helping me with CONFESSIONS etc. In spite of this stroke of amazing fortune, that was not my best year. It was almost my worst. I had big problems, personal problems. The editor helped me with the book, but I was not yet mature as a writer. The book required that I trace the lives of characters across fifty years. I was barely over twenty years old. Then Scott Meredith passed away and so did my opportunity.
I continued writing and finished CONFESSIONS and other projects. When I started passing CONFESSIONS around to literary agents the landscape of publishing had changed. The era of vampires and tycoon-erotica had taken hold. I heard this phrase hundreds of times: "While your writing is excellent, I find that I haven't fallen in love with your book and I'm afraid I'll have to pass."
There are so many people writing so many books these days that it's difficult to get ANYONE to read my manuscript. I don't blame people for giving me the swish n' pass treatment. In spite of so many obstacles, I'm stubborn and I believe in what I'm doing. Now, thanks to my "excellent writing", there are people willing to read me, and not only read me but fall in love with my work.
Lin Ross is an email acquaintance. I don't know the gentleman; he's a fine novelist and we have a good online rapport. I decided to send him the manuscript of CONFESSIONS. Yesterday I received this review of CONFESSIONS OF AN HONEST MAN, written by novelist/poet/musician/artist Lin Ross. I thank Lin from the depths of my heart. He is nurturing and unselfish, a rare bird indeed. To read the first two chapters, click this link:Confessions Of An Honest Man
"Confessions of An Honest Man" a Novel by Art Rosch