WATKINS GLEN, New York - The manuscriptand soon-to-be book The Fracking War went to the publisher today after the final/final/final/final/final rewriting and editing.
Did I mention that this was the final rewriting and editing?
This last draft, which was pored over one last time, was living proof that humans are, well, human. Even after so many readings and sets of eyes, there were still a few little niggling items that needing attention. They are now fixed. No doubt though when the actual page proofs are delivered for us to read in a week or two we will spot an errant comma, apostrophe or - gasp - a word spelled incorrectly.
That's why we get yet another shot before actual printing.
The upload now means the company will get cracking on the design of the cover - a critical piece. We have some ideas. They have graphic artists. There's a NY artist who we have been trying to find for weeks who has done some fabulous work for the anti-fracking movement. A cover will come out of all of it.
In the meantime, we launched the Kickstarter.com campaign (The Fracking War - Kickstarter) for the book yesterday, grabbing 11 backers and a lot of buzz from people. The lack of a cover design has been an obstacle for some parts of that marketing effort. For example, while we have t-shirts from The Fracking War as a reward for contributing to the campaign, we can't display exactly what they look like yet.
Michael J. Fitzgerald has been a journalist for 40 years, working as a writer and editor for newspapers, magazines and web publications. In 2014 he published the novel, "The Fracking War." In 2015, he published his second novel, "Fracking Justice." He writes or contributes to five blogs. He and his wife Sylvia Fox are the owners and principal partners in *subject2change Media, a multi-media firm involved in print, video and broadcast. He writes a weekly column, "Write On" for the daily 'Finger Lakes Times' newspaper in Geneva, NY. He was a journalism professor at CSU Sacramento from 1986 to 2011 teaching Newswriting, Column Writing and Magazine Writing.