If you’ve read my last few blogs, you know I’m in the process of writing an audio book, tentatively titled, Cradle to Grave; Stories to Survive the Apocalypse. The stories come from interviews I’ve done over the past 20 years. The theme is how stories can help define the arc of our lives from birth to death. Can we tease out themes that will help us survive in these perilous times? You will hear from about 25 people… and me – both narration in the studio, and from my live one man shows.
I need your help. The project is evolving. Questions I have that I’d love your help with are; Title? Length? What is working, what is not? Who is my target audience? Where / how should I market the book? Libraries? Audible?
I think this is a really unique book with all the interviews from a wide range of people: musicians; iron workers; CEOs; entrepreneurs; an ex-cop; a dancer; a pediatrician; psychotherapists; Chris Brubeck; a former fundamentalist minister; Gloria Steinem; Don Garlits (drag racer); Daniel Ellsberg; a street vendor, etc.
To finish the project, it is going to cost some serious money. Will the book find an audience? Its purpose is entertainment. The stories need to be crisp enough to be “page turners,” otherwise it goes nowhere. Below are six chapters, more or less finished. Total length is about 3 hours. Take them on your phone on a commute; gardening; working out, whatever. If you would listen to all, or one, or even part of one and shoot me your thoughts, I’d be hugely grateful.
P.S. This is a first pass. Forgive a few content inconsistencies, numbering mistakes, audio inconsistencies, etc. It will all be straightened out in “post” as videographers say.”
Chapter 1:Childhood and Family of Origin
Chapter 2; Parenthood
Chapter 3: Music
Chapter 4: Major Fuckups
Chapter 5: Medical Adventures
P.P.S. Whew, nothing about politics. Not much happening in that department, anyway.