Q: How does it feel to be a published author?
I'd envisioned this moment for so many years. Now it's here, and it's got me slightly dazed. I don't think I'll really believe it, though, until I see my book on a shelf in a bookstore.
Q: How long has this book been in the making? Is it fair to say you’ve been writing it your whole life?I've been a baseball fan my whole life, that's true, but I'd only date the true genesis of the book back as far as 2005. I was an intern for the Brockton Rox, hosting the pre-game and post-game show, and I realized I was using the same words over and over to describe each game. (Every home run was "hammered," every loss was "suffered.") Frustrated with my own lack of creativity, I started brainstorming other words to use. Things took off from there, with the majority of the work completed during the 2010 season.
Q: Where can people go to buy The Baseball Thesaurus now and will it be available in print form soon?
Q: Who do you think will get the most enjoyment out of this book as the holiday season approaches?
Q: Being that you are a broadcaster for the Lansing Lugnuts, have you ever used a word/term/phrase on air that someone asked you about after?
Q: Is there one or a few terms in the book that are your favorites to use either on air? Why?
Q: How would you describe Noah Syndergaard’s fastball if you could only use the material found in your book?
During the year, by the way, Noah described one of his heaters as an "angry ball." I'd never heard that term before, but I love it. You know exactly what he means.
Q: Did you encounter writer’s block at any point during the making of your book? If so, how did you manage to overcome it?
Q: Seeing that Mike Redmond was the manager of the Lugnuts in 2011 and Sal Fasano was the manager in 2010, did you have an opportunity to quiz the former Big League veterans on their baseball lingo knowledge?
Q: Do you have any favorite baseball related books that inspired you to create The Baseball Thesaurus?
Q: Describe the process of finding a publisher (August Publications) in this internet driven age we live in. Was it a challenge?
* Summer 2009 & Winter/Spring/Summer 2010: Wrote book. (20,000 words)
* Fall 2010: Signed with a reputable New York City literary agent (DeFiore & Co.) who was enthused about the book and its potential; he asked me to bump the book up to 35,000 words, so I did so.
* January 2011: Informed by the agent that publishers loved the idea but didn't want to take the chance; agent wished me luck and moved onward. Well then.
* Winter/Spring/Summer 2011: Sent out Thesaurus to anyone and everyone. Dirk Hayhurst provided the most help, offering a new direction for the book (make it funnier and more inside-the-clubhouse oriented). I wrote two pages of this, then quit. There's only so much "inside the clubhouse" a person can write without jeopardizing his career in baseball. I also sent the Thesaurus to Kevin Reichard of Ballpark Digest because, hey, why not? I was sending it to everyone at this point, hoping for the best somehow.
* Fall 2011: Contacted by Kevin Reichard, explaining that (unbeknownst to me) he was in charge of August Publications and he wished to publish "The Baseball Thesaurus."
Fast forward 13 months, and I'm a published author. Exhaustive work, success, disappointment, frustration, and success again. It's been a rollercoaster ride.
Q: Which of the old school terms, not currently being used anymore, would you like to see make a comeback?
Q: Being around Low A ballplayers for basically half the year, do you sit and listen to their conversations for new material that you may not have heard before?
Q: Are you working on any other writing projects that you hope to get published as well?
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