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 a longtime assignment. He is currently writing his autobiography, entitled “Bats, Balls, and Burnouts” which is due for publication late in 2016.
If it seems, to you, that I’ve been touting these “major milestones” for many months, with regard to “Bats, Balls, & Burnouts” that’s because I have. And every time I think I’ve reached the final one I discover a new one coming at me from over the horizon. Who knew this was so much work? There was the Kickstarter campaign that was so successful. There was October 20, when I finished the first draft of principal writing. There was November and December, when Greg Halling and I went through the whole thing, multiple times, editing out stuff that could go and tightening it up. And then there was the last three weeks, as I saved $5,000 by doing the copy-editing page by page, paragraph by paragraph, sentence by sentence, word by word, and comma by comma.
Since I didn’t get any urgent emails from anyone earlier this week, I’m assuming most of you didn’t notice that our blog site got hacked recently. I happened upon it just hours after the deed was done, and deleted it immediately. The hacker deleted my most recent blog, and replaced it with stuff I care not to mention. They also changed the title to “Hacked By” followed by a name I will not print here.
Greetings blog faithful. It is yet again another Thursday Blog Day and it’s yet again another fine day to finish copy-editing my book. Doing it myself was pretty much of a “no brainer” after I learned it would cost me more than $5,000 to have a professional do it. I also knew it wouldn’t be perfect, because copy editing is hard work and I’m a “big picture guy” who isn’t all that great at it. And, I had no idea how long it would take me. I’m still not done.
Cliches. You gotta love ’em, and here I get to use one: Better late than never! The whole day got away from me and all of a sudden I realized it’s Thursday Blog Day and I hadn’t written a word. What was I doing? I was saving more than $5,000, that’s what.
In the long saga that has been “Bats, Balls, & Burnouts” there have been many landmark moments. This week provided another such moment, and it was a big, although unexpected, one. Going into the process with publisher Outskirts Press, I was not aware that my manuscript would undergo an editorial review after submission, and I assume my lack of awareness about that subject had a lot to do with my focus on writing. I have done very little digging on the Outskirts website, in terms of policies and other obligations, throughout the process. I just stayed laser-focused on the writing. Either that or I used the writing as a perfect excuse to not dig into the minutia.