February 07, 2010
Yes, I’m pleased.
Forgive me for taking advantage of this forum to talk about myself, but allow me to take my agents hat off for a minute and put my writer’s hat on. For those that know me it means putting the new Silver Stetson back in the box until the next conference and slipping on the old sweat-stained Stetson.
I’m pleased because I was at a Christian writers conference at The Ghost Ranch in New Mexico and I was asked to read a little of my cowboy poetry (I haven’t written a lot of it but I do have a small cowboy poetry book) at an evening campfire they were having. It was very well received, but that wasn’t what surprised and pleased me. Following the conference I was approached by Maggie Woychik of Port Yonder Press asking if she could put the little poetry book back in print.
It has only happened to me a couple of times that an editor has contacted ME soliciting a project instead of the other way around and it is a nice feeling. It got better.
After I agreed and provided her with the manuscript for the poetry book she came back and asked if I had some short stories that could go with it. I had some that were unpublished and a number that had already been published somewhere, but of course I only sold first rights on them so they could be re-printed. She kept asking for more until finally we were talking about a four volume set of the “collected short works of Terry Burns.”
THAT is what pleased me, that someone would think my short works worth collecting and that she would make the contact with me to do it. It will be called “The Sagebrush Collection” and the first book “On the Road Home” is just coming out. It focuses on stories of ‘life and love’ with a good sized western short story in the back. The second book will focus on cowboy poetry and western content and will be the ‘cowboy book’ – untitled as yet. It still leaves plenty for two more, although the themes for them are not set in stone yet.
Port Yonder press is a start up that is getting up to speed fast. I'm expecting them to do very well and you can find out more about them at http://portyonderpress.com/ I just hope my little project does well for them (because I wish them well, but also so they will continue for the whole series).
You may not want to know what makes me tick, but some of the stories in the book are heavily autobiographical and reveal more about me than I ever thought I would make public. I hope you will favor it with a read . . . and let me know what you think.