I began writing fiction in the ‘80s, after moving from L.A. to New York, and by the end of decade I had a literary agent for a satiric novel I’d written about a group of people with homes in Manhattan and the Hamptons. Every six months, for five years, I would take a new draft of the novel to that agent, and his reply was always the same: “I don’t know, it’s just not quite right.” That vague and unhelpful advice proved sufficient incentive for me to get through the first 10 revisions. Then my agent retired, without ever having submitted the book anywhere.
Later rewrites of that unpublished novel included shifting the time to the months after the stock market crash of 2000 and making it more of a cautionary tale. I intend to publish that satire as an eBook in the coming months.
Jake’s Take had a somewhat similar trajectory. First written in the early ‘90s, I rewrote it a number of times over the years. After deciding this Noir novel would be my first eBook, I removed the 21st century descriptions and places in order to set the story in the waning years of the 1990s.
Aside from writing novels that never got published, I succeeded at stand-up comedy in New York (but didn’t pursue it), put up a set of one act plays for a short run Off Broadway, wrote and directed a couple of attempts at short films, and pursued other creative interests. I ultimately did get a new literary agent, but because I overlooked the necessity of getting short stories published in various periodicals I lacked the pre-built following he felt was necessary for me to break through. The emergence of digital publishing is now giving me the chance to gain recognition for writing skills I have been honing for nearly 30 years.