Saturday, June 30, 2012

One Week and Counting....

I still remember writing my first story. I only had a small working vocabulary -- being that I was four or five and my dad had just started teaching me to read and write -- so the story had a distinct Hemingway flavor. The story was called "The Three Little Fishermen," and as I recall two drowned. Again, the Hemingway connection. It was maybe 50 words long (flash fiction) and was generously illustrated (graphic novel), any my dad was so impressed he paid me a quarter for it.

Flash forward four decades.

In a week or so, my first published novel will be available for purchase. I have been included in other people's books and I have published tons of things in newspapers, magazines and on the web, but this is the first time the one name on the cover will be mine. A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM by Jason Hunt.

I hope you run out (or log in) and buy one as soon as they are available. I know I am going to!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

So close I can taste it...

I am too excited to sleep -- literally. It is 3:00 a.m. EDT, and I am sitting up, looking at the amazing cover design by Kurt Bredt for A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S GUNFIGHT. Billie Johnson, the publisher of Oak Tree Press and its imprints, sent over the galleys, and as soon as I am through looking them over, we are on the last leg of the journey.

Well, the last leg of the first part of the journey...or maybe the first part of the final leg...or the third leg of the second part....

At any rate...the first "thing" was writing the book. The second was publishing it. And the third, of equal importance to the first and second, is selling it. I have to get the book in front of as many people as possible. I have a detailed plan for how I intend to do that -- which includes my son Josh and me strapping on the acoustic guitars and taking to the streets of Cambridge and Boston. We have always loved "busking" (street performing), but now we will be focusing on the second half of "Country and Western," and we'll be carting around a big old sandwich board with the a blow-up of the book cover on it.

Also, I will soon be posting a link to YouTube, where you can see the world premier of the first movie theme song written before the movie is optioned -- or even before the book is available to the public.

Yes, I have written "A Midsummer Night's Gunfight -- The Song." :-) Once it is ready, I'll let y'all know.

Stay tuned!