Monday, August 14, 2006

Why Can't I Get Published?

It seems there’s an underwhelming lack of interest in my memoir, MotherTrucker which my agent has had for nearly a year now. Every time I contact him about progress, there doesn’t seem to be any.

The book chronicles my two years as an over-the-road truck driver. In the course of 23 months I visited 47 states (the only one I missed was South Dakota) and racked up over 200,000 miles.

As a new driver, I had my share of misadventures. Getting lost in LA, getting lost in Laredo, getting lost in Chicago – hell, getting lost in 23 states. Some of the stories are funny and some of them aren’t but they are all interesting and absolutely true.

But, nobody in the publishing field seems to give a shit. So, I decided to get into fiction and short stories seem to be my preference.

One story is complete, but I’d like to have 3 or 4 in the can before I begin begging someone to print them. The second installment is started, but dragging a bit.

I’m working all of them around one central character, a truck driver. Each story will chronicle one trip across the country and describe the people he meets and the shit he sees.

The completed story follows my intrepid hero, Ron Gabriel or “Gabe” on a trip from Winslow, Arizona and ends when he gets into some deep do-do in North Carolina’s infamous I-40 gorge. It’s an exiting piece, filled with adventure, companionship and humor.

Yeah – “They laughed, they cried they conquered 2000 miles of harrowing Interstate.” Actually, this should be read in that basso profundo movie preview guy voice.

So, if anybody knows of a place to publish these stories let me know. My agent doesn’t want to do short stories, so he just told me to, “Get them published – anywhere.” Thanks.




Anonymous said...

Last I heard, there were 50 states.
You might want to correct that. I liked it.

obi said...

Thanks for the comment and the correction. For some reason my fingers were stuck on 23.


Wendy said...

Hi Mother
Nice to hear you are writing your memoirs but check here.
You may find you have a bit of a conflict with the title.

obi said...

Wendy -

Thanks for the heads up. I have a call in to my agent right now.