As you can tell from the title of this post, I have pretty much settled on Scapegoat as the title of my next book. It’s not set in stone, but it is set in quick drying cement. As for the subtitle, that has also been somewhat finalized, but I have to admit that I have changed it a hundred times. The subtitle I have the most confidence in is Scapegoat: Boeing, the NTSB, and the Mystery of TWA 841. But what about the poll? What about having The Hoot Gibson Story in the subtitle? It all boils down to marketing. There are a few hundred people who know Hoot and his story. There are millions of people who know of Boeing, the NTSB, and TWA. Add the word mystery and you have succinctly described the book, reached potential readers who may know nothing about the book, and created interest in the story being told.
So what’s the important news? In a previous post I prematurely gave a target date of March 2016 for the release of Scapegoat. Unfortunately, I will be unable to make that date. The primary reason for the delay is that just as I was about to send the manuscript off, I located an individual whom I have been trying to find for over three years. This wasn’t someone I could just blow off and decide to not interview. Not only did I have to interview this person, but I had to do so after this individual had a chance to review the manuscript. This took time. It took enough time that I missed all of the deadlines for a spring release.
So what is the new release date? Right now I am fairly confident in a fall 2016 release, hopefully sometime in August. There is still a lot to do between now and August.
The picture in this post is from my interview with this mystery man. You’ll learn his identity in the video below. As you watch the video you might think that my video skills have improved greatly. The truth is that the great video is thanks to videographer/cinematographer Bret Kalmbach of Apairus. That’s Bret behind the camera.