March 10, 2015 (Sun Valley, Idaho) —
My Springers, Ria and JoJo, and I are just wrapping up a two month stay at our friend’s condo in Sun Valley, Idaho. Many thanks to John Gove and Patsy Huntington for your amazing generosity once again! Your condo has become like a second home for us and we love it!
A main purpose of our Idaho trip this time was to begin to work on a book, tentatively entitled “Inside The White House: Eyewitness to History”. Although I expected to get a lot of the writing done, I have learned that there is much more work to do in getting a book published than just the writing! It’s been an amazing two months…
With the help of nationally syndicated radio host and friend, Steven Maggi (www.StevenMaggiShow.com), we have begun the process of “the business of book writing”. We have three major publishers looking at the project as well as a group that could assist us in self-publishing.
I have developed a website (www.Inside-The-White-House.com) to promote the book, provide progress updates, and raise money through a GoFundMe campaign to help defray the cost of a trip to Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids, Michigan. The purpose of this trip is to do research at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum. This research will consist of about 10 days of digging through digital files including photographs, notes, presidential daily diaries, and oral interviews.
All of this is not to say that actual progress on the book has not begun. I now have well over 30 pages of notes compiled, book sections and chapters laid out, and hundreds of memories running through my head. The process becomes more exciting everyday!
The GoFundMe effort will begin very soon. There are levels of participation with rewards to encourage interested parties to donate. For more information see www.inside-the-white-house.com/funding.
Thanks for sharing some of our excitement about this book project. It has taken 40 years for someone to finally talk me into doing this…thank you Steven Maggi. Be sure to listen to the first half of my radio interview with Steven at www.inside-the-white-house.com/category/interviews with more to come soon on his website.
More updates to follow soon…