Getting Ready to Go Vertical – Day 204

Tomorrow (or today, depending on when you read this), Rex Pickett’s Vertical should be available in hardcover. I’m not sure it is the signed hardcover they mentioned at first, but I’m hoping…

Besides the fact I’m looking forward to reading the further adventures of Miles and Jack (I’ve danced around the edges of some reviews, all positive that I’ve seen so far), I think it will be another nice addition to my growing collection of “New Age of Publishing” first editions. As I’ve mentioned in these pages, Vertical is interesting from a publishing standpoint because Rex Pickett teamed up with a partner to form Loose Gravel Press. I’m not sure if that qualifies it as “self-imprint” but I’m thinking it probably does.

Loose Gravel Press is also accepting submissions, which I may consider pursuing when I’m finished writing. Although my novel has a definite Canadian slant that may not exactly excite an LA/Atlanta publishing house, a lot of the book will take place in the US. Besides, I think mine would be listed as a Sideways/Vertical “you may also be interested in…” (YMABII…, to coin an acronym).

In any case, I have miles to go before that happens (no pun intended — but I did consciously decide to leave it in when I noticed “Miles”).

Speaking of writing, I had a good session today, though it was a quality writing, not quantity. I’m trying to wrestle a 4,000-word scene down to something more presentable. I’ve started by slashing some parts. Also, I need to rewrite to give it a bit more tension. Luckily, I came up with a decent idea to achieve just that (while in the shower, of course…) I actually didn’t quite get to it tonight. Perhaps tomorrow.


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2 Responses to Getting Ready to Go Vertical – Day 204

  1. Kelly says:


    Ooh, if your novel will be a Sideways/ Vertical YMABII… plus New Journalism echoes, plus a peek inside Graham’s brain… hee hee hee, now my interest is even more piqued. (As if I wasn’t standing in line for your book already.)

    YMABII his graphic designer (after they sign you), because that is one of the most beautiful book covers I’ve seen in decades (I’m a follower of such things). Stunning.

    Slashing is the fun part—it’s good to take a break from looking at things as if they’re precious and go all ruthless on yourself. Carry on…


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    • Graham Strong says:

      Hi Kelly,

      Funny you should say that — I sat down to write last night, and realized two scenes that I’ve fallen in love with have to be slashed. But I couldn’t do it. I know I have to do it, but I can’t do it. Both scenes were the ones I’ve worked the longest and hardest on. Maybe that says something in itself?

      So instead, I locked them up in the pen, waiting to see if they really are rabid. Even though, deep down, I know that they are… (I can hear them barking already.)

      As for the Sideways cover, I’m assuming you’re talking about the one with the two guys in the bottle? I love that one too. There was an “original” cover (near as I can tell, it was the original) that had a black and white cover of just a road with some bare hills on either side (I imagine the backroads of California) which was kind of striking in itself, but nothing like the movie-inspired cover. (Actually, if you have a copy, the old cover is used as a frontispiece… in my copy anyway…)

      Anyway, gotta go and do what’s gotta be done to those poor scenes. I’ll report back tonight or tomorrow…


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