7/27/2012 Time off

We’re headed for Bayfield, Wisconsin for a much-needed vacation in Lake Superior’s Apostle Islands. You won’t see any more posts here until we return. Then, refreshed, we’ll turn our attention to preparing for the book’s release and the Release Party from 2-5 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Feasting Fox, 4200 S. Grand in St. Louis.Continue reading “7/27/2012 Time off”

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7/21/2012 Back to the video

With the book finished, I’m turning my efforts towards promotion. Today I went with videographer David Ayres to G.&W. Bavarian Style Sausage Company in South St. Louis to shoot more of the promotional video for the book. G&W represents the “Brats” in the name of the book. I spoke in front of the camera inContinue reading “7/21/2012 Back to the video”

7/19/2012 Some final sweeping up

I did some cleanup tonight that really marks the end of writing Beer, Brats, and Baseball: St. Louis Germans. Matt Heidenry, my editor, sent me back a PDF of the book after he inserted the corrections I made in the proofs. I went over them to make sure everything was done right. There were onlyContinue reading “7/19/2012 Some final sweeping up”

7/17/2012 Finished. Done. Finito. Fertig. Race over.

Lorraine and I finished proofing the manuscript tonight. That could mean the book’s done, although Matt Heidenry’s given us the option of checking a new PDF for tiny mistakes during his vacation next week.  There are only a handful left, if any. Now it’s on to the next phase, which is promotion. So tell me,Continue reading “7/17/2012 Finished. Done. Finito. Fertig. Race over.”

7/14/2012 9 p.m. Coffee with a professor

Today I met UMSL History Professor Steven Rowan for the fourth time for coffee at Northwest Coffee in Clayton. Steve’s one of the foremost experts on Germans in St. Louis and has written, translated and edited numerous books on the subject. From the beginning, he’s been generous with his time and a wonderful source.  SteveContinue reading “7/14/2012 9 p.m. Coffee with a professor”

7/4/2012 10:44 a.m. A patriotic note

Yesterday I dropped the last of the first round of proofs off to my editor, Matt Heidenry. We talked about a number of things we had to do before the final product is etched in stone around July 18. That includes one more readthrough and some possible minor changes on the cover. It also may includeContinue reading “7/4/2012 10:44 a.m. A patriotic note”