The Devil Is In The Details – My Daredevil Book
I got a book deal.
I’m going to be the editor, and lead contributor, on a non-fic book of critical essays about Daredevil.
It is, quite honestly, a dream project for me to work on. Daredevil is my favourite character of all time and while I’d love a run on the actual title putting together the definitive tome about him is an easy second place. The book is titled:
This book has percolated for many months now. I went to SequArt, hat in hand, and laid out my plans for the Daredevil book I thought they should let me publish. I had a list of essay topics and a whole back history of love pouring through. I gave the publishers my ideas and they liked them. They said it was a good start and to go any further they would have to see how I wrote on the subject. They asked me for a sample essay.
I picked one of the essay topics, one of my favourite ones, and set about reading and researching for it. It was a pretty hefty topic and I thought it would probably run about 7k of words.
The reading and note taking took me well over a month. I must have read over a hundred single issues, easily. I had copious notes and then I set about writing the damn words. After 4k I realised I was going to bust through the 7k pretty easily. By the time I got to 7k I recalibrated the estimate to 14k. In the end, I submitted 25k of words — which was a killer to print and proof.
Then I waited.
Each fortnight, I sent in a gentle reminder that my essay was in their inbox and they wanted to read it.
I was patient and the consummate gentleman — that’s how real closers do it.
Finally, a reply appeared in my inbox. I could see the first few words of the email and it read something like “Ryan, thanks for your patience, we want to inform you…” and I knew it was a rejection. What a bummer, all that effort, research, thinking, writing, reviewing, stewing, and time was down the drain. Oh, well, I thought, as I opened it up.
BOOM! This wasn’t a rejection, it was the real deal. I was getting the book deal to produce an anthology of essay about Daredevil. All that was left was to assemble a team and get started. No time like the present.
The whole casting couch process is still in flux but suffice it to say that what we have organised already is killer. This book truly will be the definitive Daredevil historical document and my name will be on the spine. I’m pretty excited about that.
And that’s my story so far. I’ll keep you posted as more developments come to light. I’ll have a finalised chapter listing eventually, and I’m working hard on cover designs and foreward scribes. You won’t miss a thing but for now check out the Facebook page for the book, give it a like, and enjoy your night be it rain-soaked in Hell’s Kitchen or on the couch with a good book at your fingers.