|A PERSONAL NOTE FROM JEFF|
I'm really happy with this book, though I'm betting I'll catch grief from some who aren't especially "fans" of W. T. Sherman. The research came from so many original sources, especially memoirs of probably 25 different historical figures, including Sherman himself (as well as Grant, Joe Johnston, etc). This will complete the series of the Civil War in the "west", moving from Atlanta, through the end in the Carolinas.
After this? First, a little break. I've done five books in five years. That's NOT a complaint, but it has taken a great deal out of me- so I'm going to take a little time off, and hope to begin work on the NEXT story this fall. If you follow my Facebook page, or have checked in right here, you'll have seen that there is some argument with my publisher as to what my next book should be. No final decision has been made- that's up to me, ultimately. If they choose not to print the story I prefer to do, I might have to look at "other options".
In the past several weeks, I have received a number of requests for advice on how to either begin writing a book, or get one published. It may seem like I'm an expert at both, but unfortunately, I can't really offer much helpful advice. If you have what you feel is a great idea, there is to "technique" that works for everyone. My advice is to do what my father used to tell his Creative Writing students at FSU: "Just write the damn thing." As for publishing, those doors are, admittedly, tough to open. I strongly suggest finding a literary agent. Almost no major publishing house will accept a manuscript that does not first pass through the hands of an agent. I can't offer you an agent's name, since I'm one of those very rare writers who never used an agent at all. These days, that just won't work, unless you get very lucky, or find a smaller publisher. I understand completely the allure of writing, and some of you say you've been inspired by reading my stories. That's an extraordinary compliment- thank you! And- good luck!
My book signing tour will begin with the release of the new book in June, and the itinerary for that will be posted on the "Special Appearances" page probably in mid-March or so.
As always, I apologize for not responding to every email I receive- But I assure you, I do READ all of them, and will answer them as time allows. And, for all you cynics out there (and there are a few), yes, it's really me who answers you. I don't have a staff do it.
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Jeff Shaara - February 26, 2015