Want to hear me read an excerpt from the book? That’s what I did for funny man Sam Dingman’s podcast:
That’s right. I finished the first draft of Dudesong, my epic poem version of “The Big Lebowski”. The first draft weighs in at 5200+ handwritten lines of rhyming heroic couplets in iambic pentameter. I’m in the process of typing it all up into a manuscript. The process is weird, and definitely different from the way I wrote the thing in the first place. I’m making little tweaks here and there but largely this is just typing and typing and typing. Still, when it’s done I’ll be able to hit ‘print’ and have a physical actual manuscript of this thing in my mitts. My groin parts shift just imagining it.
Then there’s the matter of what to do with the manuscript. I guess the obvious answer is to mail it to everyone. Licensing agents, literary agents, publishers, journals, bloggers, Jeff Bridges, and anyone else who’ll receive mail. God only knows whether I’ll be legally allowed to publish the thing for sale. To tell you the truth, I’d be pretty crushed if I got ceased and desisted. I want this to be published and distributed. Not for the money, though money is nice, but more for getting this thing on bookshelves in the big bookstores and placing it in the hands of as many fans as possible. If I give away free e-books instead of selling this thing, less people will read it. That’s just how it goes. I didn’t take a second job and work 8 months for this thing to be some PDF on Bluehost.
I’m stressing about this now but the good news is still that the important part is done: getting the damn thing written. I like it so far, and I hope lots of people will get to enjoy it. Wish me luck or, even better, help me get this distributed. I need helpful fans!