I knew it had been awhile,
but it wasn't until I looked at the previous newsletter that I
realized it's been almost a year since I've written one. There's a
very easy explanation for thatóI didn't have anything to say. I chose
to spare you any meaningless drivel. A choice I know you appreciate.
But now I do have some things to talk
about, so here goes.
Iíll be at Illinois State
University on Tuesday September 23, 2:00, on the main floor of
Milner Library, for a discussion of publishing and a book
signing. I spent two years of my life at ISU and Iím quite excited to
go back as someone who could potentially help a future writer. Iíve
probably spent ten times more time learning this business than
actually writing. I hope my experience can save a young writer at
least a fraction of the time Iíve lost to the business part of
fiction. If youíre in the Bloomington-Normal area on Tuesday, stop in
and say hello.
Iím excited to announce that
The Janitor will be re-released under my newly formed
publishing company Number Eight Publishing. (Those of you that know
me and my loved ones, can figure out why ďnumber eight.Ē) To skip all
the boring business aspects, this means for you that a newer, smaller,
great deal cheaper, version of The Janitor will be available.
It means for me the book will be in more stores and more accessible.
Iíll let you know when a concrete date is set.
A year ago, a complete
stranger ended up buying The Janitor as a gift for her sister.
It was at Pages For All Ages in Savoy, IL. The kind lady deliberated
for at least ten minutesóunsure if Romanís story was her sisterís cup
of tea. She mentioned that her sister was a writer as well.
Fast-forward six months. Her sister, Terry Motycka (who resides in
Michigan), is now re-editing The Janitor for me. What are the
chances? Itís hard for me not to think there are forces beyond human
at work when something like this happens. Terry is a very fine
writer, has a meticulous style that is pleasing to the eye and mind.
her website when you get a chance and tell her I sent you.
I released The Janitor
audio book as an MP3 download free from AdamDecker.com. The fist
night it was released there was a site crash because so many people
tried to download it. Three weeks later the number is closing in on a
thousand. Thereís a great segment of the population that would never
know The Janitor if not for it being an audio book. Iím
excited for the word-of-mouth buzz this has the potential to create.
I had great fun recording the book. There were several times that I
burst into laughter at the thought of sitting alone in my house and
talking out loud. And while Iím not a trained actor or voice guy, I
can tell you that I did my best. I can tell you there are a great
deal of characters in the story that are not easy to voice, but they
all came from the heart. They are all presented the way that I saw
them when I first wrote the story. I hope you have a chance to check
out or tell a friend.
Probably my most popular
story, Unlocked Tomb, still continues to have great readership
from around the globe. Iíve been receiving a constant barrage of
emails from students and their teacher from an English class in Puerto
Rico. They are having a discussion and debate on the story. I canít
tell you how fulfilled that makes me feel.
Since I set out on the
business end of this journey it has always been my goal to make Roman
Swivel a household name. I believe that the goal is just the right
eyes or right ears away from happening. I believe it could
happen tomorrow. And once it does, I hope youíre ready for onslaught
of my mind in print.
Thanks for your time.
Happy reading or listening,