Book update No. 8 — first deadline extended

Several months ago, my editor told me that she wanted to see the first two parts of my book right after New Year’s. (I’d been dreading New Year’s ever since.) Yesterday we talked for 20 minutes, and she told me that I can wait until the end of the month to send it to her. (Wooooo!)

She said that the first major deadline will be mid-February when she has to show a sizable chunk of the book to sales reps.

The other major deadline will be in July. The book has to be 99 percent done and edited by then so that the art department can take over and actually design it. I won’t be able to make any significant changes after that.

As for where I am with it right now…

My word count is up to 48,938. I was told to aim for 50,000 to 70,000, but it looks like it might end up being closer to 75,000 or maybe even 80,000. (Watching Baseball Smarter, by comparison, was about 64,000.) I wrote the introduction last month. (That’s about 1,300 words.) Now I’m working on the first section of Chapter One. (I’m not writing everything in order.) I’m still waiting for the Hall of Fame to send me photos of 19th century baseballs. I’m still waiting to hear back from Rawlings with info on the manufacturing process. I’m still trying to get an interview with Doug Flutie so I can ask him about the foul balls he’s snagged at Fenway Park. And so on. I also just discovered a couple more foul ball scenes — one in a movie, another in a TV show from the 1980s . Fun stuff, I tell ya.

If you want me to remind you when the book comes out, let me know. I’m keeping a list of people who are interested, and I’ll email everyone on it in about 14 months.

See below for previous updates…









  1. Jake

    Hey Zack,
    Glad to hear that everything is progressing well with the book. The movie part made me remember that in the movie called Simon Birch, a characters mom gets killed by a foul ball. You might already know about this but just though I’d pass it along to you. Cant wait until the book comes out!
    – Jake


    Zack, You might already know, but I’m sure that there was a TV episode from According to Jim (with Jim Belushi) where he goes to Wrigley and gets a foul ball. Or maybe, he goes with some guy who got Jim a ticket and the guy catches a foul, and gives it to Jim. This was about 4 or 5 years ago. Somebody reading your blog might remember more about it.

  3. zackhample


    I’ve heard of that film, but that foul ball scene doesn’t take place at a professional baseball game, does it? I think it’s just a little league game or a softball game or something like that.

    Thanks! I didn’t know about that. I just found the episode online, and I’m gonna watch it as soon as my spaghetti and meatballs are delivered…

    Yup, I got Ferris covered, but thank you anyway.

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