Novelist Goes Back to Small Press for Satire of American Dream

Chicago, (PressExposure) October 27, 2008 -- Most writers start with a small press and then move on to a larger one. William Elliott Hazelgrove is no exception. The Chicago writer had started with Pantonne Press, a small literary publisher in Chicago. The press brought out his first novel, Ripples, that was compared to A Cather In The Rye by United Press International, but that didnt' bring the expected bounce writers need to move on to greener pastures. His second book, Tobacco Sticks, did the trick.

After a starred review in Publishers Weekly, the novelist was launched into a paperback auction that put him with Bantam now owned by Random House. There, Hazelgrove brought out his third novel, Mica Highways and seemed on his way. But then a funny thing happened. He came back to the press that gave him his start. "Well, Bantam really didn't want the books I had to offer," the author said from his studio in Ernest Hemingways attic, "They wanted me to write more Southern novels, but I had moved on and come up with this book that I thought was important for the times now." Rocket Man is the novel Hazelgrove felt had to be published. Already, the online community is raving about this book due out in December about the demise of the American Dream, a satire about a man losing his home in the suburbs. "William Elliott Hazegrove's ROCKET MAN is a brilliant piece of writing, a work that meticulously dissects contemporary life in America with such a keen eye that the author is able to catch at least passing glances at us all." So says, Grady Harp, Amazon's sixth ranked reviewer.

But publishing with a small literary press is a lot different than being with the largest publisher in the world. "Well, the money is a lot different," the novelist laughs. "But, yeah, you have to do everything yourself," Hazelgrove shrugs, leaning back in the old chair he writes from. "At Bantam, they pretty much took the book and then you waited for things to happen. Not the way it is with a small press. You want something to happen, then you have to make it happen." The forty eight year old author smiled. "It's the way I I guess everything's a cycle in the end."

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But publishing with a small literary press is a lot different than being with the largest publisher in the world.

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