Bob Wilber grew up aspiring to follow in his father’s baseball footsteps, and while he was able to secure a full college scholarship and later spend parts of six years in professional ball, as a player, coach, and scout, his mother’s writing, communications, and public relations skills were what eventually defined his career. After a successful and adventurous sports-marketing trek through the sports-apparel business, agency work, and professional indoor soccer, he saw his first drag race as he closed in on his 40th birthday. Little did he know that he’d go on to spend 20 consecutive years as a team manager and PR representative for Del Worsham and then Tim Wilkerson, two of the most popular Funny Car drivers on the NHRA tour. At the conclusion of the 2015 season, Bob ended his drag racing run in order to take on an important personal assignment. Over the course of 2016 he wrote his autobiography, entitled “Bats, Balls, & Burnouts” and submitted it to the publisher in early February. It is due to be in print in by mid-2017, and will be available on multiple platforms and sales sites.

Of Updates and Sharp Objects
May 18, 2017   //   by bwilber

Greetings, blog faithful. It’s Thursday (of course) and it’s May 18, in the year 2017. That makes it 16 and a half months since I sat down and started writing “Bats, Balls, & Burnouts” way back when we still lived in Liberty Lake, Wash. Seems like ancient history. And today, maybe today, possibly today, we might just get a real look at when the book will be available. I wish things could be more predictable with publishing people, but apparently I’m not the only author they are working with, so I take my updates from them when I get them.

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I Gotcha Covered
May 11, 2017   //   by bwilber

Welcome back to Thursday Blog Day, faithful readers. It’s actually Wednesday as I type this, but that’s because I’m flying out to Spokane on Thursday and won’t have time to write it then. So, this is kind of like time travel. It’s Wednesday as I’m typing these words but it’s Thursday as I’m posting them, from the Sky Club at MSP. See how weird that is. Weird.

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Another Milestone, Plus a Fabulous Wedding
May 4, 2017   //   by bwilber

I know what you’re saying (or thinking). It’s, “Oh yeah, that blog guy Wilber is touting another milestone day for the book he started back before I was born. Give us a book already!” Right? Well, I know it seems like that, even more so to me, but we did have another major milestone this week and we’re down to the last step. I swear.

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Of Publications And Champions…
Apr 27, 2017   //   by bwilber

Like Peyton Manning coming to the line or scrimmage and seeing a surprise defensive alignment, the play I called in the huddle for this blog installment will now be switched via an audible. I might even yell “Omaha!” while doing it.

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Closing In On The Finish Line
Apr 20, 2017   //   by bwilber

Later today, hopefully, I’ll be resubmitting my Galley Proof (version 2) of “Bats, Balls, & Burnouts” to Outskirts Press and all of the “wordy” stuff will be done. No more writing, no more editing, no more proofreading. The page count will be finalized, the cover will be completed, and off we’ll go. When will I have the first printed copy in my hands? I’m not totally sure yet, but it’s a matter of weeks, not months. And once that happens, it will be available for everybody to either purchase or download. And I’ll start going to some races to help promote it. That’s how close we are. I’ll try to remember to keep you posted once things like availability and on-sale dates are set in stone, because you know, I might just forget about little details like that. Not.

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