Brew saw that six more months would take him up to 32 years as a writer.
He had written a one-year metaseries, Still Out There: A Year in the Life of an Underground Writer, a six-month metaseries, More Tales To Posterity, Expecting No Answer: Six Months in the Life of an Underground Writer, and now began the metaseries Underground Writer: Six More Months in the Maelstrom.
He didn't know, then, how many series it would contain, or how many books.
More Tales To Posterity, Expecting No Answer: Six Months in the Life of an Underground Writer was 13. A personal best.
As it happened, Underground Writer: Six More Months in the Maelstrom would be 10 books, a slacking off, from 13.
Still, 23 books in a year was not bad.
Still Out There: A Year in the Life of an Underground Writer was 20 books.
So Brew was poised to write 43 books in 24 months. If he kept the pace.
Keep up the good work. How?
Robert J. Horton wrote a book-length novel called Stepson of the Hanging X.
Street & Smith changed the title to The Hanging X when it appeared in
Western Story Magazine, abridged it, and paid Horton less than the usual 5¢
In a foreword to The Hanging X, reprinted in hardcover, by Five Star Westerns, Jon Tuska writes,
In this case he was paid only 2¢ a word and his story was abridged so that it could appear in a single issue of the magazine rather than as a serial novel which had been the author's intent in writing it.
Dan Simmons has a new science fiction book out called Ilium. 576 pages. The first book of a two-book epic, concluded in the forthcoming novel Olympos.
The library orders more and more westerns and science fiction novels. And romance novels. They are crowding out the serious, or literary fiction.
No place for a three-book series like The Art Brew School of Daily Typewriting Writing.
Well, no one fool enough to write them. But if I wrote them, and someone was fool enough to publish them, would readers read them?
Golden West Literary Agency
2327 SE Salmon St.
Portland, Oregon 97214
Dear Jon Tuska:
I am writing a series of three books called The Art Brew School of Daily Typewriting
I enclose a list of the sections of each book, descriptions of the books, my bona fides, reprinted from a self-published pamphlet, a list of the books of my stack, to date, and several short pieces from the books. Feuilletons.
What genre is it? A roman-feuilleton. Poems, prose vignettes, interviews with myself, reminiscences. Book and movie reviews, music criticism, literary theory, cultural studies. The Florida cracker. Parker, Florida. Across the street from Parker Bayou, Uncle Ed's dock, Jack Parker's ice house.
I wonder if you'd like to represent me in the sale of The Art Brew School of Daily Typewriting Writing.
I always thought I'd cross over from the underground to the mainstream, but it hasn't happened. The books are about that. Combining writing, family, and work. In a publishing environment that's not interested in publishing what I have to say on the subject, although my coterie of steadfast readers, the Buzzard Cult, seem to enjoy it, and look forward to reading each day's installment at The Daily Bulletin.
I envision a uniform trade, or mass market paperback edition, with a design to the series.
The alphabetical list of titles is deceptive. The books form themselves into series, series of series, and so forth, all part of the meta-meta-metaseries 40-Year Run.
I've only been through Portland once, on the way from Seattle to Eugene, Oregon, on a bookselling odyssey with John Bennett, Vagabond Press, who published Screed, the Vagabond Anthology, and Black Messiah, a Henry Miller number, all at once. Circa 1980.
I'm not as prolific as Max Brand, but I have worked full-time for 20 of the last 30 years.
I am now on social security.
I can't afford to retire (I work, full-time). But if I could earn a technical writer's income, writing enema vérité, I would go to town.
Garage Band Books
Panama City, FL 32404
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