My work was entirely nonfiction.
I had been writing professionally since 1988.
The following Wednesday, I opted to go with Random House.
I think authors can get into trouble viewing the subject matter as their turf.
But with nonfiction, the task is very straightforward: Do the research, tell the story.
The biggest problem has been exhaustion. I've spent about 6 of the last 14 years completely bedridden.
Books on horse racing subjects have never done well, and I am told that publishers had come to think of them as the literary version of box office poison.
My agent and I put out my proposal one Thursday afternoon in August, 1998. Publishers started bidding immediately, and that process progressed for a few days.
It only worked for a little while; the morning after I agreed to go with Universal, an article came out in the Hollywood trade papers, and the secret was out.
I am disabled, so I can't travel, and I have not been to any development meetings, but Gary and the others affiliated with the film keep me updated on everything.