Monday, November 13, 2017

New Plan for the Books

I communicated with a publisher about this Drift Away blog transferred to Drift Away books.  First, I was told that publishers aren't interested in a series of books, which this would have to be.  At least two, perhaps three books worth.  Then I was told that they weren't interested in publishing a blog format book. 

Alright.  Well... I am.  My first book, Living Among Sasquatch:  A Primer is in a blog format and those who reviewed it loved it!  It is a diary of sorts, so the reader follows right along with us in our learning curve.   Most certainly the same would hold true in Pamela and me buying a derelict old trawler, making it serviceable, and then traveling down the east coast on it.  Blog format it will be.

Publishing in color is also important to me.  The blog photos are one key to the success of the blog, and therefore so too the books.  I thought I'd have to do hardcover to get color photos, but I found a less expensive alternative.  I can publish a 6 x 9 full color paperback, which is the way I will go.  I mean really, who is going to pay $100+ for a hardcover book?  Not this cheap old bastard.

I learned in business long ago that the secret to success is to listen to your customers.  My blog and book readers are my customers, and I hear you.  I will forego traditional publishing and self publish the books my way, not their way.  Even if I don't achieve the volume of book sales of a traditional publisher, I don't care.  This is the way you've asked for it, and the way I like it, the way you will get it, and the way I think it will work best.

Volume one will be Stamford to Albany to Annapolis, and ~may~ be available by Christmas.  The next volume(s), from Annapolis to Jacksonville, will be in 2018.

That's the plan.  Like cruising on Drift Away, it may change, but that is at least the vague idea.  It is time for a victory beer.


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

The Voyage of Drift Away - The Book(s)

This blog has been an online chronicle of not only Drift Away the boat, but Pamela and me, our dogs and cats, our travels, and our lifestyle.  Many of you have asked if I'm going to write a book about it.  I am now in the process of doing exactly that. 

But I have a problem.  It is getting too big. I'm not even through the first year and the book is over 300 pages, and I have two years to go.

I thought about leaving out the photos, but as they say, a picture is  worth a thousand words.  Make it only about our travels?  Naw.  Too many cruising books out there already.  Leave out the boat projects?  No!  That was half the "fun" (I just got to the part where we were replacing the refrigerator and found out the old one was glued in). 

I left out the obvious parts, like going to car shows.  But that ain't enough.

So I decided that instead of cutting out sections, I would just include the entire thing.  When I finish and see exactly how big it is, I'll start editing it and whittling it down.

As you long time followers know, we spent a lot of time in Annapolis, Isle of Hope, and Brunswick, and I won't bore you with repetitive happy hours, etc.  So maybe it won't be too bad.

But what I'm considering is breaking it down into two volumes.  The first would be 2011, the second 2012 and 2013 to keep the size and cost manageable.  To make the photos color, which I think is important, the volumes would have to be hardcover. 

The cost of color hardcover books is lofty.  The 174 page hardcover book I just published (Sasquatch, not cruising) sells for $59.99 on Amazon.  These could be twice that each.

I can also do eBooks and paperback with black and white photos for the thrifty of us. 

Just thinking  out loud here.  Any thoughts?

Thursday, November 2, 2017

A Question For You All

I graduated from writing magazine articles to writing blogs to writing books.  I just published another book about Sasquatch and republished my first book in hardcover and color.  I now will move on to publishing "The Voyage of Drift Away:  A Toilet Companion".  But...

I downloaded Blurb, a blog to text tool, only it has a 500 page minimum.  What I intended to do was to convert the whole blog and then weed out the silly parts, which would get it down to six or seven pages.

No, kidding.  Weed out the stuff not cruising lifestyle related.  But with a 500 page minimum, heck, I might as well just copy and paste from the blog.  But that seems like a tremendous amount of work.  Not that I won't do it.  I will.  But does anyone have a better idea?  Any other blog to text tools?

Look for Drift Away, the book, in 2018 I guess.

Friday, October 27, 2017

2018 Golden Isles Calendar

I suppose all cruisers have their favorite places.  Pamela's and mine are Georgia's Low Country, but especially the Golden Isles.

While putzing about with my fourth book, I put together a 2018 calendar using photos taken by yours truly.  It is available on Lulu.com.

I received my proof today, and it is a go.  Here are the pics in it.
















Yes, we miss cruising on Drift Away.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Thanks for the Joy You've Given Me

I'm in the process of writing another book, and in the introduction to it, I mention Drift Away.

I vividly recall Pamela and I discussing names for our old trawler but nothing fit.  I believe that things and pets and babies will name themselves given enough time.  We were listening to the radio, and Dobie Gray came on.


"Drift Away"


Day after day I'm more confused

Yet I look for the light through the pouring rain

You know that's a game that I hate to lose

And I'm feelin' the strain

Ain't it a shame


Oh, give me the beat boys and free my soul

I wanna get lost in your rock and roll and drift away

Oh, give me the beat boys and free my soul

I wanna get lost in your rock and roll and drift away


Beginning to think that I'm wastin' time

I don't understand the things I do

The world outside looks so unkind

And I'm countin' on you

To carry me through


Oh, give me the beat boys and free my soul

I wanna get lost in your rock and roll and drift away

Yeah, give me the beat boys and free my soul

I wanna get lost in your rock and roll and drift away


And when my mind is free

You know a melody can move me

And when I'm feelin' blue

The guitar's comin' through to soothe me


Thanks for the joy that you've given me

I want you to know I believe in your song

And rhythm and rhyme and harmony

You've helped me along

Makin' me strong


Oh, give me the beat boys and free my soul

I wanna get lost in your rock and roll and drift away

Give me the beat boys and free my soul

I wanna get logst in your rock and roll and drift away


Oh, give me the beat boys and free my soul

I wanna get lost in your rock and roll and drift away

Hey, give me the beat boys and free my soul

I wanna get lost in your rock and roll and drift away


Na na na, won't you, won't you take me

Oh, take me


Reading the lyrics then, what stood out was

Oh, give me the beat boys and free my soul, I wanna get lost in your rock and roll and drift away...

But today, reading the same lyrics, the ones that jump off the screen are

Thanks for the joy that you've given me
I want you to know I believe in your song
And rhythm and rhyme and harmony
You've helped me along
Makin' me strong

Drift Away wasn't just an old trawler.  It was a lifetime experience.  Thank you all for following our adventures, and misadventures.  You are the reason I wrote this blog, and continue to write.  You prodded me everyday, especially when the day's blog was late. 

In other news, I've started investigating looking for a literary agent to handle the publishing and marketing of my books.  And I'm contemplating a film agent for Weak in Body, Strong in Mind and Spirit, a wild book if I do say so myself.  I'm a bit shocked that this one came from my own brain because it is pretty, uh... bizarre, although you loyal readers may not be surprised at all.

My current book project is another nonfiction Sasquatch book that needed to be written, and then it is back to writing the Drift Away Toilet Companion.  Anyone who is a "follower" (by clicking the "subscribe to Drift Away" link above) will get a signed copy at a discount off of Amazon's list price.  And actually, if anyone wants a discounted signed copy of any of my books, email me at adkdave at hotmail.com  (replace "at" with "@", no spaces).  All books retail for $16.95 on Amazon.  I'll sign any books and mail them for $15 each plus $2 for shipping.  You can mail me a check or pay me on Pay Pal, which is easier.  The books are:

Living Among Sasquatch:  A Primer (non-fiction)

A chronicle of Pamela's and my experiences in learning that not only were Sasquatch real, but that we were living among them in our cabin in the woods.


Living Among Little People: A Guide for Sasquatch (almost all fiction)

Generally follows the same story as Living Among Sasquatch but told from our Sasquatch's perspective.  It is a tongue-in-cheek narrative where our Sasquatch misinterprets just about everything he observes us doing, with a good dose of action and suspense.


Weak in Body, Strong in Mind and Spirit
(completely made up, except the people and places are real) 

This book is a real hoot.  That's probably all I can say about it.  This came from my alleged brain, which should not come as a surprise anyone who knows me.


I am awaiting a proof of a 2018 calendar containing my photographs from Georgia's Golden Isles, our favorite part of our cruise.  Heck, I'll even sign that for you in gratitude for making this all possible.  $10, $1 for shipping.

Thank you all.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Photography Part 2

Just to get you Drift Away folk caught up with my photography.  Some you've seen before on this blog, others are new.