June 11, 2019 is the publication date of Man Grooves, which I’m calling my first novel, but it isn’t really a novel. At best it’s a novella. I wrote it for kids, but I think child-like adults would like it. I also wrote it as a vehicle for future music projects.
I spent a shockingly small amount of energy trying to find a traditional publisher for it. I contacted exactly one editor who passed. My take on traditional publishing at the moment is that they offer so little to a beginning writer/artist theres no point in trying to start there. Publishing, like the music industry, has become a place where one must demonstrate independent viability, then perhaps, when a larger publisher is no longer wanted or needed, the larger publishers will be interested.
I’ve been preparing to make these books for years. I started experimenting with creative writing when I was little, but got serious about learning the craft of it in the early 2000s, which seems like an eternity ago. I wanted to be able to draw comics, and motion graphic stories to accompany my musical ideas (did I mention I’ve been a working musician paying all my bills with music since I was 23?), so I went to art school late in life. I was 36 when I started.
Anyway, Man Grooves feels like a milestone for me. An accomplishment I was beginning to think would elude me for the rest of my life.
But here it is.
I have so many more ideas for things I want to make. Much like the Pixar founders, who sat around a table when they first started the company and made a list of things they wanted to make, I have a list of things I want to make. Maybe it would be better to say things I need to make.
But for now, I will simply say that I’m happy that I finished this.