Elephant in the Room: The end of the beginning




Some of you know that I’ve been working on a book for a while — it’s called “The Elephant in the Room,” and it’s a memoir about my life as a fat man in a growing America. Just after midnight last night, I wrote the final sentence and then typed -30-, which is old newspaper lingo for the end of a story. I emailed the draft to my agent. Most of my columns for the Charlotte Observer were about 600 words. One of the features I write for ESPN might run 4,000. This was 61,000 words. I hope a few of them are good.

This is just the end of the beginning. A few trusted readers are going to take a look and give me some thoughts. I’ll read those and make some changes. Then my book editor at Simon & Schuster will get ahold of it, and he’ll have more ideas. What we end up with will be different than what I turned in today. That’s how it works and how it ought to work. I don’t know when there will be a book for you to buy. But you can bet I’ll let you know through this blog, Twitter, Facebook, emails, town crier, etc.

There’s still a long way to go. But for now: I wrote a book! I think I’ll go sleep for a couple of days.



12 thoughts on “Elephant in the Room: The end of the beginning

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  2. I am so beyond proud of you!!! I still want an autographed copy when it comes out. I hope you will be having a book tour so I can buy a copy in person and have you autograph it on the spot…This way overdue. Please keep us posted.

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  4. GREAT NEWS!!!!! ATTA BOYS for hanging in there and making it happen.

  5. I’m looking forward to reading it.

  6. Congratulations. Hope to get in a year or so…..???

  7. In Soviet Union when you write a book it finishes you.

  8. You should be so proud 😊 well done!

  9. That is something to beveryproud of! Now take that well earned nap!

  10. Good luck Tom, I’ll look back at your blog👍

  11. It’s about time you wrote a book! T;o)m Campbell

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