MY BOOK, "HIDDEN HAMPTONS", IS ABOUT READY TO PUBLISH!
I am so excited to let you know that my book about The Hamptons is finally being prepared for publication.
It is in the category of fiction to avoid liability and to protect the local population: "HIDDEN HAMPTONS... a Novel" is the title and I plan to have it in bookstores and online as an e-book early spring-summer, 2020. It is a story of the local population of the East End of Long Island with romance and intrigue to keep the reader engaged. The purpose of my writing is to dispel the fluff and outrageous stories concerning the population of the Hamptons who spend less than 3 months of the year here. I am speaking of the summer crowd and celebrities who come here only for June, July, and/or August.
I wrote a post regarding this book including four short stories I published here on AR. I have now rewritten those stories many times, but I include them in the book. In case you missed the first publication of that post and to read the four posts go to "THE HAMPTONS...Secret Lives" click on that link and the four links to the short stories are at the bottom.
As you can see, there have been several iterations before I settled on an official title. Part of publishing a book is marketing. Just as in real estate, you want to get the message out there to those who the writer knows and who wants to read it.
So I will publish here first, just to give you a head start on what I hope to be a successful launch. There is much curiosity concerning the Hamptons, and in my book, I tell the lesser-known stories of this place called The Hamptons. This is a part of the country, known more for its celebrity lifestyle than the local population and their centuries-long struggles in this bucolic place.
The Hamptons has become a "play-ground" of the rich and famous and because of that, it has affected the local population in ways most cannot imagine. For instance, it has edged out many of the original families from their communities by the cost of housing. There is nowhere that a young local family can settle in and stay as did their ancestors.
There are very few ways to make a living here on the East End. Farming and fishing were the mainstays of the East End from the early 1600s. But now, few farms remain and fishing has gone the way of the farm with fewer and fewer fishermen able to make a living because of the restrictive catch requirements. Not only that, many families left The Hamptons because the land they lived on has much more value to developers than it does to the local homeowner. It is a sad commentary but the positives that come out of it and my stories will try to let the public know the richness of the lives of the local farmers, fishermen, merchants and their families. Watch for the Activerain launch in February--March 2020, and I love to get feedback from you once you have read it! Thanks!