I hold a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature (Latin/Greek) but have not navigated academe very successfully for the past thirty years. This is owed partly to my non-PC place of origin (Texas), but probably more to my conviction–along with the ancients–that human nature is immutable, and my further conviction–along with Stoics and true Christians– that we have a natural calling to surmount our nature. Or maybe I just don’t play office politics well. I’m much looking forward to impending retirement, when I can tend to my orchards and perhaps market the secrets of Dead Ball hitting that I’ve excavated. No, there’s nothing new (nil novi) under the sun… but what a huge amount has been forgotten, in baseball and elsewhere!
My long-term goal for this blog is to attract enough followers that I may shift into a small web publishing business, with very inexpensive PDF’s and EPUB’s of books that I and like-minded people want to make available. Practically all forms of publishing open to a “no name” today are, frankly, rip-offs. I want to be able to manage every step of the process myself, and also to save my friends the pain of volunteering hundreds or thousands of hard-earned cash to a slick, distant operation only to discover that their sales are not being reliably reported.
I had a very unhappy adventure with print publishing in the mid-90’s, when I was “between” teaching gigs and wanted to try my hand at something new. I learned a lot about whom not to trust; and in particular, I discovered that promises about the Internet marketing bonanza always concealed the minor detail that you needed to ante up a small fortune to draw cards. I retain from those days several boxes of fine books that were never sold. I would eagerly supply more information about these on request–and I’m willing to ship any of the “leftovers” to anybody for a couple of bucks (s & h).
My two most recent e-books, published through Smashwords, are below:
- El Moreno, Vendetta di Dio (a novel inspired by Dante’s Inferno–and, yes, it’s in English… mostly)
- Hitting Secrets from Baseball’s Graveyard (non-fiction–a personalized, painstaking reconstruction of how star batsmen managed their tool a century ago, when the best players regularly flirted with the .400 mark)