I'm a blue-collar guy who has a poet's sensibilities, minus the talent to adequately express them.
My writing career includes eight years in the newspaper business as a reporter, copy editor and managing editor and five years as a freelance copywriter. There was one major problem with all of that--I only got paid for writing things that somebody else wanted me to write. It got old.
Like a lot of people who majored in English, my resume is all over the board. On the plus side, I've gained some unusual experience and met a lot of interesting people. Somehow, while trying to make a living in the traditional sense, I've managed to do a lot of writing in my spare time--work I wanted to do, things I wanted to write, things I never got paid for.
Eventually, my spare-time creative writing began to pay off. I signed with an agent in Los Angeles and later one in New York, and I managed to option a screenplay, Big Sandy, to Hollwyood Producer Timothy Blake. Both agents signed me during writers strikes on the basis of a screenplay sample, and in each case when the strike was over I went to the bottom of the totem pole. Of course, that’s where I belonged in relation to writers who where actually making money.
Now that the independent publishing revolution is hitting full stride, I feel a growing sense of excitement and optimism. As I prepare my manuscripts for publication, I'm still dreaming about the day I'm finally proclaimed an overnight success.
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by David Reichart
Approx. 28,640 words.
Published on November 23, 2012.
Big Sandy is a funny, uplifting, fast-paced story about two 11-year-old boys, a couple of bullies who hound them, and a displaced yearling cougar that impulsively follows them around their hometown, usually just out of sight of adults. The action revolves around the boys’ attempts to save the cougar from people who are determined to destroy him.
Every Able Body
by David Reichart
Approx. 28,610 words.
Published on November 9, 2011.
Three people set out to destroy a white slavery ring operating out of a waterfront bar in a wartime boomtown: Frank Lundy, a private eye who's 4-F and sensitve about it; Valerie Gilbreath, a police reporter and ex-debutante; and Alfred Page, an AWOL black soldier targeted for murder by one of the kidnappers, know one thing for sure--Sally McGinn should have never gone downtown on a school night.
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