Just found this 24″-x-36″poster on Amazon for $30….
Just found this 24″-x-36″poster on Amazon for $30….
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I’m indebted to Soap fan Lee for his kind words, and for pointing out something about the book that, having been so close to it for so long, I was completely blind to: it explores both sides of the series’ legendary controversy. (This he noticed in the single spread from the chapter on Soap‘s controversy I posted yesterday.)
This is something that grew organically from the research phase of the book, and from its thesis, which has always been “Why, at a time when the U.S. and the world was torn apart by a plethora of horrible events, did people concentrate their anger on one gentle television show?” The answer is a complicated one, and took the better part of a chapter, and five years, to explain.
More importantly, what became an issue du jour for armchair moralists and political opportunists became a direct threat to the livelihoods, pride, and reputations of producers, cast and crew.
After months of hard work, wrangling with network censors and breaking new ground, all involved thought they would have the chance to enjoy the rewards of a job well done. What they received was a public drubbing and the very real prospect of losing their jobs if ABC caved under the pressure.
I’ve posted a new preview spread from the “Controversy” chapter above to give you a taste of the Soap people’s perspective on this. (I still love stage manager Carl Lauten’s reaction to it, and admire his grandmother immensely. I think you will, too.)
Just got off the phone with the amazing Sal Viscuso,* who’s gearing up for a tense two-man drama: A Steady Rain by Keith Huff at The Odyssey Theatre in West Los Angeles starting Feb. 22, 2014. It will be directed by Jeff Perry, co-founder (with Gary Sinise) of the Steppenwolf Theatre Co. (Perry can also be seen these days as Cyrus on the ABC drama Scandal.)
If the title sounds familiar, that’s because Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig made headlines when they performed A Steady Rain on Broadway in 2009. (This was also the production in which Jackman told an audience member to get off their cell phone. Yes, apparently some people have to be told these things….) Sal is playing the Hugh Jackman role.
Stay tuned for ticket information when it becomes available.
*If you want to know one reason why I call Sal amazing, you need to check out his story in the Soap book. Really.
Hi all. Just posted a few preview pages this morning, but I want to look for some better ones this week to post. Again, I’m having a hard time finding pages that are engaging enough for knowledgeable Soap fans without revealing too much of the “you’ll-only-find-it-here” information contained in the book.
More Book News
The publisher says that the book should be available in two weeks or less – yay! And there will also be an ebook version, though we’re not quite sure of the details on that one yet.
Once again, thank you so much for all your support on this one, gang. I really hope you enjoy this book
We will get some more preview pages up this week. But in the meantime, here are some lower-resolution uploads of the front and back covers
Quite frankly I never thought I’d be able to say it, but there we are. After one last marathon session, Pamela and I uploaded the book to the publisher last night. People, it’s done
Many of you know just how long and hard this project was to complete, with all of the work of writing and designing being squeezed in between “day job” work, evenings and weekends. As always, thank you to everyone who has rooted for its completion. You know, despite the five years it took to finish, I don’t recall a single person griping about the long gestation. That meant everything to me.
So What’s Next?
Well, with any luck, this baby gets printed in the next couple of weeks or so and the people who pre-ordered it will receive a copy to call their own. As always, orders can be placed here, or soon on Amazon.
In the meantime, there are a couple of things that need doing this week:
1) Update the cover image on the blog. A few days ago Pamela got inspired and tweaked the cover a bit, for the better, I think.
2) More preview pages. We’ll upload a few more spreads from the book, as well as the back cover. It’s a little difficult deciding what to share because the sections I’m most proud of are also the ones that I want people to be pleasantly surprised to find while reading it. I don’t really want to “give everything away in the movie trailer,” you know? Still, nice problem to have.
3) Launch party. We’ve never really had one for one of our books before, so we’re hoping to put something together for this one. We had some tentative plans to do something in LA…we’ll see if that’s still doable.
All right, everybody, take a deep breath. Now the fun begins
All the best,
Just about done, everybody. Anyone interested in knowing where we are in the completion of this book throughout this weekend is welcome to head on over to our usually neglected Twitter feed.
Otherwise, check back on Monday to be greeted with the news (fingers crossed) that our long national nightmare is over
I spent a good 12 hours on the read-through yesterday, and there still remains a lot to do. We may need to go into overtime on this one, but we’ll definitely wrap it up over the weekend. On the plus side, we’ll also get a couple more preview spreads up this weekend, too.
So here’s what’s left to do:
Season 1 chapter
Season 4 chapter
Bio/Where are they now section
So there we are. And yes, if I knew I’d be in labor with this book this long, I would definitely have opted for the drugs. Onwards and upwards!
Happy Thanksgiving, gang. While you’re breaking bread with family and friends, and trying really hard to remember what family crisis you’re not supposed to bring up with which family member, know that we’ll be hard at work finishing up this mighty tome.
Thank you for all your support, one and all. Now pass the @## potatoes
Oh boy…starting to feel the amount of work left to do piling up–I really have to stop tweaking the writing as I give this monster a final read. Anyway, here’s the schedule:
Wednesday: Continue read through of entire book for editing tweaks (starting on P. 83)
Thursday: Match the index against the book to make sure everything is where it’s supposed to be. Continue read through.
Friday: Conclude read through, and Pamela tackles last minute design tweaks. Then off it goes to the publisher!
Let’s do this thing!