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.
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.
Happy Blog Day, everyone. It’s great to be back in (insert city) with you, and thanks for coming out. T-shirts are on sale in the lobby, and remember to tip your bartenders and waitresses. We’re going to finish up with one last hit, called “Human Pinball.” It goes a little something like this… (raucous applause and a standing ovation).
Hello blog faithful! My No. 1 priority this week was to make sure I got this installment written and posted on time, as in “on the right day” after my mishap last week. So, consider this a success. My No. 2 priority was to have all sorts of incredible news to share with all of you. Consider that a failure. Basically, the status remains quo.
So, I kinda sorta missed Thursday Blog Day yesterday. Not totally, because I did have time to post a short blurb and cut & paste my most recent Kickstarter update, but it really wasn’t a blog. It was more of a placeholder for this one, which I’m writing on Friday morning.
Hello blog faithful! I’ve been so focused and so intent upon this final stage of production for “Bats, Balls, & Burnouts” that today totally got away from me. Now, I have to head to the airport to pick up Barbara.