It has been eleven days since my last post. Now that I have finished writing the biography of my father’s (Eddie Green) life and signed with a publisher I have been concentrating on the book cover design. Actually, I have been obsessing over it. Morning, noon, and night. Today I went out to the dentist and I was so anxious to get back home to my computer, I forgot to bring home something for dinner. I have been wracking my brain over what pictures to use.
Eddie’s forte was comedy, but he also sang, wrote songs, ran a string of restaurants, owned a movie picture/television station and was a government licensed ham radio operator. In the early 1900s Eddie was what Bob Hope called “a man of all trades, master of fun.” He was present before, during and after the Harlem Renaissance. So there are photos that I can use on the cover page, but in most of them Eddie was either acting silly, as in the picture from his movie “One Round Jones” (1941), or he is making a funny face in character. Anyhow, what I want to use is a picture that showed Eddie as the business man that he was because even as a comedian he was all business.
So, I have chosen the only photo that I have – a head shot of Eddie in his usual attire when he wasn’t in character – a sharp suit and a snazzy hat. Back east in the 40s and 50s men wore snazzy hats. Once the design is done, I will post it here. I think I will place small images of one or two of the comedies he made on the cover also.
I have realized recently that when I post to this blog I post as if I am sending my stuff out to the whole world, worrying that if I put too much in the blog who will buy this book? But, hello, silly me, the whole world is not following my blog! I have realized that I think of my blog followers as the whole world which is a good thing. Because that means I am pleased and satisfied with the progress of this endeavor.
Once my book publishes of course, I will be making a serious effort to see that it gets out to as many people as possible.
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Did you find a good Black publishing company? This is certainly going to be a positive benefit to our culture.
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My publisher specializes in books on Old Time Radio, vaudeville and movie legends. They contacted me as Eddie’s story as an African-American in the early 1900s is new and just as interesting as say another Armstrong or Micheaux story. This is additional fresh positive information for the Black community as well as for anyone who can find inspiration through a person who succeeded in life despite the absolute certainty of the existence of obstacles. Thanks for your comment, writerfred.
Wow, congratulations Elva! The book is finished, you have a publisher and working on the cover. That is wonderful! I wish you the very best luck with the book. It must be so exciting for you and your family. 😀
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Thank you. You know it is so exciting! Glad you are still around to see it.