* New Works *
Two new feature film screenplays:
2nd Chances and
Nutter have been completed and are
available for development.
Publishing this year
BEFORE MiLE ZERO,
The Carrion Birds
Thank you all for
the e-mails and positive comments.
Have an idea,
suggestion, or request? Send me a note below.
* * *
A conundrum that confronted me when I had completed
and tried to market my first manuscript: no publisher, other than the
vanity press, would deign to look at it unless I was already a published
author, and no agent would accept me as a client unless I was already
Encouraged by screenwriter
and novelist Budd Schulberg to contact his agent when I had a
presentable ms. (What a break!)
I worked diligently completing and polishing a
presentable draft of Below Mile Zero, a novel of Key West until it
After clipping Schulberg's business card, upon
which he'd written the name of his agent, to my query letter off it went.
Several weeks later I received a rather tedious form letter from that
literary agency stating that unsolicited manuscripts were simply unacceptable.
The card was neither mentioned nor returned. (It
would have been a nice memento.)
* * *
How many gifted writers have never seen the
light of day because they weren't given a chance, since they weren't
Consider the true story of John Kennedy Toole, who
wrote A Confederacy Dunces, published in 1980 and winner of the Pulitzer
Prize for Fiction in 1981.
Enviable? Not really.
The only reason the book was published
11 years after the author's suicide, with no small thanks to
similar sequences of rejection as listed above, was due to his mother's
tenacity in getting a publisher to actually read the manuscript she only
discovered after her son's death.
What great works could he have given the
world, if given that chance? How many other John Kennedy Tooles are out
there, unread, unpublished, discarded without a fair shot?
It can be exceptionally difficult to market one's work when the
rejection of an author's work may, in fact, be a rejection of years spent
developing insightful perspectives on life that, given a chance, could
entertain and educate.
Cre8tve1 Corporation pledges a lion's share of its
resources to correcting these oversights.
Bless you Cre8tve1.