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Saturday, December 29, 2012

MLB: Former GM Wade takes swing as a novelist

It might take some effort to Wade through this inexperienced author’s first book.

Before he was general manager of the Phillies and Astros, Ed Wade earned a journalism degree at Temple University. So maybe it isn’t surprising that, when he found himself with some time on his hands, he decided to write a book.

What might be unexpected, though, was the subject matter. It wasn’t about baseball. The novel, self-published on Kindle, is a page-turning mystery involving Navy SEALS, skydiving and geopolitics….

There are autobiographical aspects to the book. “Some of it is. Some of it is background experience,” Wade said. “I did grow up in a small town in Northeastern Pennsylvania [where the story is set]. It was an area that was big on coal mining and railroads at one time and has struggled, as a lot of places in the Northeast have and a result of things changing. So some of it is. Obviously, more recently, the sky diving. There are different parts that are experiences I’ve lived through.”

Austin Posted: December 29, 2012 at 04:46 PM | 18 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Repoz Posted: December 29, 2012 at 05:59 PM (#4334263)
Dude is still killing trees.
   2. The District Attorney Posted: December 29, 2012 at 06:05 PM (#4334269)
I can believe he's an expert in freefalling!
   3. LargeBill Posted: December 29, 2012 at 06:13 PM (#4334272)
Am I the only one who quickly mistakenly read that headline and thought he tried to punch a novelist (swing at vs. swing as)?
   4. Poster Nutbag Posted: December 29, 2012 at 06:33 PM (#4334279)
#3 - Nope! Not only did I read it that way, I was REALLY hoping it was a literal, physical 'swing'! Wasn't he the GM who was choked or whatever by Shawn Chacon?
   5. asinwreck Posted: December 29, 2012 at 06:41 PM (#4334282)
The Bullpen of the Vanities
   6. clowns to the left of me; STEAGLES to the right Posted: December 29, 2012 at 07:01 PM (#4334293)
   7. Swedish Chef Posted: December 29, 2012 at 07:13 PM (#4334303)
There are autobiographical aspects to the book.

Top Secret Briefing, Oval Room, White House:
CIA Man: "It is destabilizing quickly, the situation will likely blow up in 48 hours if we can't contain it now."
President: "But where can we find a man that can trade for middling bullpen arms that quickly?"
Everybody around the table looks grim.
Cut to Phillies front office.
   8. Walt Davis Posted: December 29, 2012 at 08:00 PM (#4334325)
The middle reliever did it!
   9. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: December 29, 2012 at 09:11 PM (#4334356)
For once I will not snark about Ed Wade. Way to go for it, Ed, I hope it works out.
   10. J.R. Wolf Posted: December 29, 2012 at 09:53 PM (#4334382)
Self-published novels = bad novels. Real publishers love to buy good novels.
   11. Swedish Chef Posted: December 29, 2012 at 10:22 PM (#4334400)
Self-published novels = bad novels. Real publishers love to buy good novels.

That's not necessarily true in the brave new world of the Kindle and e-books in general. There's little capital outlay to consider for an author*, and the prospect of keeping 70% of the gross is tempting.

*) Though a serious self-publisher would probably buy some editing and proof-reading help.
   12. eddieot Posted: December 29, 2012 at 10:51 PM (#4334420)
Clearly it's a romance novel with Dan Plesac as the romantic lead.
   13. PreservedFish Posted: December 30, 2012 at 12:36 AM (#4334476)
I came here for the middle reliever jokes.
   14. J.R. Wolf Posted: December 30, 2012 at 12:41 AM (#4334478)
@Swedish: one of my buddies runs an e-book firm. Trust me on this.
   15. calhounite Posted: December 30, 2012 at 03:10 AM (#4334515)
Didn't he learn from what happened to Chacin when Chacin took a swing at him?

Never heard from again.

Don't care what the novelist did

Will never will hear from Wade again.


   16. OsunaSakata Posted: December 30, 2012 at 03:05 PM (#4334657)
Adam Dunn wrote a novel. Do you think he struck out?
   17. Belfry Bob Posted: December 31, 2012 at 03:35 AM (#4335116)
Self-published novels = bad novels. Real publishers love to buy good novels.

I hope this is a joke and you're not that far behind the times. 'Real' publishers mostly today like to buy novels that have potentially wide readerships with themes they can spin into a series. The quality of a story doesn't have much to do with whether or not a 'real' publisher looks on it favorably.

There is 'real' self-publishing, vanity pressings, and totally delusional publishing. Have no idea where Ed's book belongs. Hope it's the first group.
   18. BeanoCook Posted: December 31, 2012 at 03:45 AM (#4335120)
Self-published novels = bad novels. Real publishers love to buy good novels.


I'm sure this is true on average. But then again there are many, popular or famous authors that claimed to have shopped around their ideas for years getting rejected dozens of times.

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