Amazon announced their Kindle and set in motion the self-publishing revolution. I saw a couple of acquaintances go out self-publish their stories, the stories they really wanted to tell. Frankly, there wasn’t much going on for me, so I stuck a toe in the water. That toe was “Lost Claus” (which I go into here). I now realized I could get those stories I wanted out to the public, or some of them anyway.
Plus the title had to go. The title “The Write Stuff,” felt dated and seemed to be over-used out there. I needed to rename my work. That’s where the passage of time came into play. After my adventures in Hollywood, a seed was planted. I thought to myself “This would be a funny story, it could be like a sequel to ‘The Write Stuff’ where my writer character gets his story optioned and gets to write the screenplay.” That’s me, thinking up a sequel to a story I hadn’t put out there yet. But then the title for the sequel hit me, “High Concept,” a Hollywood term for a type of blockbuster movie. For some reason I decided that if that’s the title to the second book, the first book should have a similar title. Working backwards the novel became “Novel Concept.”
All I had to do was format it all for the Kindle specs and the paperback and get an ace cover design. It was a long journey for this story. I wound up updating some things and not others, acknowledging the present I was in at the time of publishing, but keeping a timeless feel from all the years it laid in wait. And it was fun to get into the head of my younger, glibber, less-structured self. So, it’s been released onto the world and it’s a relief to free this long-stifled comedy.