So Committed: A Memoir of the Artist’s Road features dozens of artists I interviewed on a 2010 cross-country road trip. Last week one of those artists interviewed me for a podcast on her Boise, Idaho, radio station. Singer/songwriter by night and DJ by day, Rochelle Smith also posted a review of Committed on the radio station’s blog.
Rochelle is the first artist featured in Committed who has read the book. I was honest in my portrayal of everyone in the book–the artists, loved ones, myself–and as such I have some trepidation about how others in the book will feel about how they are portrayed. In fact, the book opens with an author’s note with these two quotes:
“To read about yourself in somebody else’s work is like failing a test you didn’t know you were taking.”— Stephen Elliott, editor of
“Writers are always selling someone out.”— Joan Didion, author of
The Year of Magical Thinking
One test passed! Many more to go.
Committed will be available directly from the publisher as of October 16th, and widely across bookstores and online sites–including ebook format–in November. As such I anticipate the promotion ramping up. I’m not going to keep posting every new blog post or interview in a blog post here, out of kindness to my subscribers. But for those who are curious, I’ll post each one on my Facebook author page as well as on the Committed page of my website.
Thank you, readers, for your ongoing support!
5 thoughts on “Road to Publication: The Story Comes Full Circle”
Patrick, this is all so exciting! I DO hope you’re enjoying this ride 🙂 And the whole “test” part has GOT to be difficult. Such a tightrope walk…
Thanks! It has been fun. It has also hijacked my blog! I need to start returning to a more normal content mix of musings and resources on creativity and an art-committed life.
I understand the hijacking and so does everyone else! Right now it is THE reason to blog 😀 You’ll get back to the regular content once all this is well in the past. Enjoy the process now, and blogging about it IS the process—part of your creative road 🙂
Congrats on the upcoming publication of Committed. Enjoy all the fruits of your labor. 🙂
Thank you, Jackie!