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Abe F. March
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PostSubject: Publisher accepted   Mon Nov 17, 2008 11:43 pm

This is a preliminary post to say that a publisher has offered to publish my latest novel with the working title: "They Plotted Revenge Against America."
I'm still in contract negotiations and therefore won't say more.

Shelagh is the first to congratulate me. She's always on top of things.
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PostSubject: Re: Publisher accepted   Tue Nov 18, 2008 12:50 am

That's wonderful, Abe. How exciting! Congratulations!
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PostSubject: Re: Publisher accepted   Tue Nov 18, 2008 6:16 am

Good news, Abe. Hope it proceeds smoothly.
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PostSubject: Re: Publisher accepted   Tue Nov 18, 2008 8:02 am

Cool, Abe. Good luck.
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PostSubject: Re: Publisher accepted   Tue Nov 18, 2008 10:02 am

Thanks all for your good wishes. I'm not celebrating just yet.
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PostSubject: Re: Publisher accepted   Tue Nov 18, 2008 10:19 am

Congratulations, Abe. I hope this works out well for you!
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PostSubject: Re: Publisher accepted   Tue Nov 18, 2008 1:48 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Publisher accepted   Thu Nov 20, 2008 7:00 am

Yeah, I know, Abe, those celebrations might need to stay on hold, but this is still great news. Keep us posted and let us know when we can pop open a few bottles of champagne and start the real party.

Congratulations.

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PostSubject: Re: Publisher accepted   Thu Nov 20, 2008 7:59 am

Congratulations, Abe. We are all hoping for the best.
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PostSubject: Re: Publisher accepted   Thu Nov 20, 2008 10:11 am

Way to go Abe. Let us know when you sign the dotted line.
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PostSubject: Re: Publisher accepted   Mon Nov 24, 2008 8:42 pm

Any news yet, Abe?
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PostSubject: Re: Publisher accepted   Mon Nov 24, 2008 11:15 pm

Brenda,
The contract has been signed. It was acknowledged by email but I'm waiting for their signature on it. The ms has been assigned to an editor who I'm told will return it "marked up." In the meanwhile, preparing the bio, the blurp, submitting the photo, etc., is in process. I've asked for a time frame for publication but have not heard yet.

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PostSubject: Re: Publisher accepted   Mon Nov 24, 2008 11:18 pm

That's wonderful, Abe. I'm so happy for you!
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PostSubject: Re: Publisher accepted   Mon Nov 24, 2008 11:31 pm

So give us a preview: who are these plotters, anyway?
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PostSubject: Re: Publisher accepted   Tue Nov 25, 2008 12:53 am

And what's your book about? If the contract's signed, you can talk about it now, can't you?
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PostSubject: Re: Publisher accepted   Tue Nov 25, 2008 6:32 am

Lin, here is my draft of a blurb:

A Muslim and Christian youth are sole family survivors from an American air attack on Baghdad in 2003. They join other Lebanese and Palestinian youths in Beirut seeking to avenge the deaths of their families wrought by
American-supported Israeli aggression. David Levy, an Israeli Secret Service Agent with a grudge of his own, organizes the training of selected young men and women whose desire for vengeance is strong enough to carry out a deadly mission in America. Their plan: the infestation of poultry, water foul and fish with deadly flu viruses that will mutate to humans. An antidote is developed but will be made available only if certain demands are met.
In the course of their final preparations in America, the mission members discuss the deep-rooted causes of conflict in the Middle East region among themselves. Their desire for revenge weakens as some of the team members realize that their actions will result in the killing of millions of innocent people. In the meantime, suspicions arise. Homeland Security is placed on alert and begins to close in on them. In the end, only one team member is willing and able to carry out the plot. His actions could either break the stalemate between the Israelis and Palestinians - or lead to an unparalleled tragedy.
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PostSubject: Re: Publisher accepted   Wed Nov 26, 2008 12:42 pm

Abe - the reveal! It seems that you have created something that has profound potential for people to stand back and say, "hmm, interesting, I always wondered what that was all about over there". In placing it into the context of a novel you have given people a gift - an opporunity to learn about the real conflict in a safe way (by reading it in a book, rather than getting themselves blown up).
At the same time, I can see where the story itself will make people uncomfortable (I did that in my novel, where Anne is defending herself from a brute and actually kills the guy - it's violent and bugs people). People who read it (all 89 of them) said it really made them squirm to think that was something that li'l old me would write about, but as writers don't we love it when our readers are thinking and talking about things? The last thing I want are lackadaisical readers (they may never bother to pick up another book - of anyone's), so if we can irritate them just a little, or make them ponder, sweat or vent, in addition to having a laugh now and then or think about sex or something wonderous, then I think we are on the right track.
I think when writers bring up the topic of attacks to our food and water supply - which I recall Jenny (as Victoria Howard) doing a great job of in her novel Three Weeks Last Spring - it really scares people, and the thought of it happening on our own turf, rather than as a battle fought by our own soldiers but "over there" somewhere out of sight and mind, is an opporutnity for thinking about our place in the wider world, and what we are prepared to do to save it.

I'm thinking this would make a good movie...
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PostSubject: Re: Publisher accepted   Wed Nov 26, 2008 12:53 pm

That's an excellent analysis, Pam. I can turn off thoughts about terrible things happening 'over there,' but when it's on my own turf, whether it's in my home, my state, or my country, that's a different matter. It's terrifying.

Abe, your book sounds even more chilling because it sounds so realistic. I remember feeling the same way when I read Robin Cook's first novel, and look where he is today.
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PostSubject: Re: Publisher accepted   Wed Nov 26, 2008 11:22 pm

Thanks Pam for your analysis and to Brenda for your supportive comments.
I realized when I wrote the book that it would be controversial. I felt it was something that needed to be written with factual information. The characters are fiction but the events creating the desire for revenge are real. The weapons of terror we are most accustomed to hearing about have been with some form of machine or explosive devise, however our vulnerability to other forms of attack are often overlooked. I realize that some may take offense to anything that puts our country in a bad light, but that gets back to turning a blind eye to reality. On the flip side, romance is also a part of the story in an unusual manner.
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PostSubject: Re: Publisher accepted   Fri Nov 28, 2008 8:36 am

Abe, this sounds great. Surely an exciting plot. Pitch it to the movie moguls!!
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PostSubject: Re: Publisher accepted   Fri Nov 28, 2008 10:18 pm

Zada,
that sounds like a good idea, however I believe that must come after the book is published, don't you think?
It does raise a good question of who should do the pitching.
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PostSubject: Re: Publisher accepted   Sat Nov 29, 2008 6:12 am

I have no problem with something that puts our country in a bad light, but differentiating between who is responsible for the bad is the issue. Usually it issn't the people who are living here, and I think one of the good things about our country is our natural resources.

I read the first part of Abe's book with concern, since I see so many people in this country who are trying to do the right thing who would have been harmed as these people avenged those who did the wrong.

In my books, Flow On Sweet Missouri, and Iowa Born and Bred, I write about the lives of my great-grandmothers and their connections to our Civil War. My great-grandmother in Missouri was born as her mother fled vigilantes in the 1860s. A family story is how severed Union soldier's heads were placed in front of their home, as the town was split between Union and Confederates. When I spoke to the eighth graders who had been read the book by their teacher, one black boy asked me, "What did they hope to accomplish with that action." At this time in our history, when we had the greatest casualty rates of any war we have been in, the events were not over there but right here. (The teacher told me the severed heads story was the kids favorite. I hoped the teacher had skipped that chapter. I certainly hope none of them had nightmares from it!)

So Abe, it sounds like this turned out to be a great book, and I wish you the best.

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PostSubject: Re: Publisher accepted   Sat Nov 29, 2008 7:05 am

Abe, if you pitch it to the movie moguls before it is published, You might be able to get their publicists behind you for the book to create buzz for the movie? Some movies are never books. I was just thinking it would make a terrific movie. Of course, many books would be excellent movies, but what do I know?

The way our culture is into violent video games, Carol, I am not surprised that the chapter on beheading was the most popular. It is certainly an event that will stay with many as a part of history that is not taught in schools. At least I never got that in my history books.
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PostSubject: Re: Publisher accepted   Sat Nov 29, 2008 7:20 am

This teacher did an excellent job of teaching her students all sides of an issue in history. I have a chapter where my ancestor who fought for the Union has a conversation with a Confederate soldier in a barn filled with bodies from a battle. A boy in the class told me, "You know that happened a lot. Sometimes they exchanged food and even tobacco."

During the recent campaign, I checked out info on Bill Ayers and the organization he was a part of in Chicago. In the campaign this was taken out of context, and when the whole issue was looked at, it showed that those were violent times when the Chicago police had beat peaceful demonstrators, and those who were protesting the Vietnam war felt no one was paying attention and kept "turning up the volume" to be heard. Women's protests were never reported as they were usually peaceful, but those with men and a mixture of students got the most attention, especially if the police got violent. So those protests were even encouraged for that reason.

During the beatings by the Chicago police during the democratic convention of 1968, the media was not allowed. But someone took a movie that aired on TV. A friend of mine still remembers it with horror.

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PostSubject: Re: Publisher accepted   Sat Nov 29, 2008 8:34 am

Thanks again Zada for your suggestions. And Carol, I think you've got the jest of what the story is about. The events that I created could happen and it would be wise to guard against them. Your own historical research has given you much insight about real events that are both bad and sad yet there is also a positive aspect that brings out the best in people.

I intend to pursue the movie inquiry prompted by this thread.
Thanks again to all of you.

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