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Tuesday, October 21st, 2008 at 1:56 pm  |  50 responses

Links: So I Got A Book Deal…

Plus, The Landlord better be renting…

by Lang Whitaker

Lots to get to today, but first I get to lead today’s Links with an announcement about something that’s been brewing for about a year.

I just wanted to let you all know that I signed a book deal which was announced today. And it’s a book about…not basketball. Baseball, actually. Which I’ll explain momentarily.

First, here’s the official news from the publisher:

From Lang Whitaker, the executive editor of SLAM magazine and a contributor to SI.com, SEARCHING FOR BOBBY COX, a humorous, thoughtful, and knowledgeable fan’s memoir of following manager Bobby Cox and the Atlanta Braves for the past two decades, to Brant Rumble at Scribner by Alison Schwartz at ICM.

OK, so why a baseball book? A couple of reasons: One, I write about basketball pretty much all day, every day, and if I’m going to be staying up all night for the next year to write a book, I’d rather not be writing about basketball all night, too. Two, while the Hawks are my favorite basketball team, the Atlanta Braves are my favorite baseball team, and I think the two of them are neck-and-neck as far as favorite of all-time. Third, according to pretty much everyone I talked to, baseball books tend to sell better than basketball books, at least for first-time authors. (Although if this book does well, I’d love to do a hoops book next.) And fourth, I just thought it would be fun to write a book about the Braves. Pretty much every basketball-related thought I have gets fleshed out and written down somewhere, but the baseball stuff is all floating around in my head.

So…I’m pumped, and I honestly believe there’s not a better book editor for me to be working with than Brant, who’s probably best known for his work with writers like Chuck Klosterman and Rob Neyer, and he’s also worked with some guy named Stephen King, among others. (And I totally didn’t just write that paragraph because Brant asked me to send him the link to this post.)

I’m still going be at SLAM full-time, still writing for SI.com, still doing stuff for hawks.com. I’m just going to be sleeping a lot less for the next year. I actually yawned as I typed that sentence.

This whole thing was not an easy process, and I learned the value of patience and letting things sorta work out on their own. I think the book should be out Spring 2010. (Believe me, you’ll know when it’s out because I’ll be asking each of you to buy about a dozen copies.)

Until then, I guess I have to write a book. And I just wanted to thank all of you for your friendship and readership and support.

Start saving your money now.

Moving on, I closed the comments for our Gunnin’ For That #1 Spot DVD giveaway. I tried to read through there quickly and find a few winners, but there’s no reading those comments quickly — way too much good stuff in there. I’ll go through them all his afternoon and we’ll announce the winner tomorrow.

Let’s get to some Links…

QUOTE OF THE DAY
“We were looking for a good place for our opponents to stay and the Fairfield Inn not only meets, but exceeds my expectations.  We are very excited that they offered to be the Bison’s sponsor for hotel accommodations.  I can only hope that when we travel to play our away games that we can stay in a hotel of this quality.” — Jay Sills, CEO of the ABA’s Kentucky Bisons.

• I was going through the ABA website and came across this great press release, which is where today’s quote of the day came from. That press release not only meets, it exceeds my expectations.

• Hey, at least Jamaal Tinsley’s staying busy. Then again, combating image problems by hosting after-parties might not be the best idea.

• Remember all the stories about how JR Smith was going to grow up this season? Not so much. And I love Karl’s quote on Ruben Patterson.

• I‘ll be honest, I didn’t even know the L-Wolves had signed David Harrison. Somehow that’s just…perfect. (Plus, Kevin Love fouled out in 11 minutes?)

• One of my favorite sites to check out the last few months has been Nate Silver’s fivethirtyeight.com, a blog where the guy known for writing about baseball stats has been projecting election results with remarkable accuracy. I sent the link to Ben about a month ago, and since then this site’s been showing up all over the place in the media. But once the election’s done, what’s next? I’ve got it: Put Silver in charge of the BCS. Seriously.

• I hope The Landlord was renting in Sacramento — looks like Shelden Williams will not be getting a contract renewal from the Kings.

• And finally, there will be no Disaster in Orlando.

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    Meh. Any clown can get a book deal.

  • http://www.myspace.com/2536545 Bryan

    Congrats Lang I look forward to reading.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    If I haven’t said it before, please let me say that this “old school” feel to the Links is fantastic. Secondly, congrats on the book deal Lang!!! Will there be an incentive for us to buy your book in bulk to outshine a certain Ryan Jones and his love piece from a few years ago? :)

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Congrats my man. You should have plenty to write about on good ole Bobby. That Nate Silver guy was just on Colbert last week.

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    thanks lang. hey farmer, mmmmmmmmm chipotle!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    Don’t taunt me, Tarzan.

  • Sparker

    throw in love’s short outing and this is a tough thread for ryan all around

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    Why so, Sparker?

  • http://tha4point0show.tumblr.com WeS

    I’ll pick up a copy.

  • Gumdrop

    Congrats Lang! But needless to say, if the book in any way interferes with you coverage of Mr. Ping Ping, the Slam community will not be pleased.

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    Mr. Ping Ping is under consideration for the cover.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ Double R

    Lang are you going to review Live and 2K9?

  • thesubwayconnection

    Big ups Lang! As much as I hate the Braves (Mets fan here), I’ll probably still read your book.

  • namik

    Congratulations Lang. If I understood anything about baseball, I would definitely be excited to get my hands on this book. And I bought Ryan’s book and it was pretty damn good. But then I lost it.

  • Sparker

    ryan, i was just teasin’ ya about being teased by eboy and tarzan. i also know you’re a klove fan, so… there was that too. that’s it. my small attempt at being funny, grazing the rim at best

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    Ah. I thought you meant because Lang stole my idea of writing a book about Bobby Cox. Which he did. He’ll pay for it.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    But yeah, that KLove news is disappointing. I trust he’ll figure it out.

  • Myung

    Looking forward to it. Congratulations.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    so wifey’s not gonna complain about you having two full time jobs? congrats Lang.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    Congrats Lang, unfortunately i dont do baseball much, so i’ll donate to the “bring back Josh Childress” fund instead.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkiM3tBJVhk SMK

    Good luck with the book, Lang. I hope you get ejected from the coffeeshop where you’re writing it 143 times as an homage to the man.

  • monrats

    Congratulations Lang!

  • aotearaw

    Congrats Lang, well deserved. Baseball still sucks though…..

  • Ping Ping

    congrats on the deal Lang, best of luck with it …. honestly you will sell way more copies if you have Ping ping in a size 7&5/8 new era lid on the cover.

  • Kene

    ….fivethirtyeight is the business. Nate Silver is thorough with his.

  • Bryant Reeves

    Can’t wait to read it. I remember when Bobby was in charge of the Jays, back when the Toronto stadium was a converted football field. Good times.

  • Bryant Reeves

    From the ABA link: “The Owensboro Police and D.A.R.E will be on hand for finger printing kids”… sounds like fun!

  • http://www.myspace.com/hemantsbeats what

    Wow as a Braves fan this is incredible, I’m looking forward to it

  • http://nbaukfan.blogspot.com/ mat smith

    might actually read a book on baseball then when its done, keep up the great work Lang

  • http://www.hoopsvibe.com/nba/overdribbling chiqo

    what are these books that you people speak of?

  • jb21

    I will buy this book and read it cover to cover regardless of how good or sh*tty it is.

    Oh and Big CountryThe Toronto stadium wasn’t converted into a football field, it was the other way around …

  • http://slamonline.com Sam Rubenstein

    congrats to Lang. Man, I wish I could have enjoyed Bobby Cox not making the playoffs the past few years but… let’s change the subject. Congrats on the book deal!

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    LMFAO @ RUBEN PATTERSON AND GEORGE KARL. THAT WAS THE FUNNIEST THING I’VE EVER READ… THIS WEEK!

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Congratulations Lang!

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Well deserved.

  • Bryant Reeves

    jb21 – read it again. Exhibition stadium was a CFL stadium that was turned into a baseball stadium. we’re saying the same thing. I was there when they tore it down. It blew up real good.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    I’m also writing a book Lang. Fictional novel actually… Are we allowed to know the publisher?

  • chintao

    If George Karl wants to choke Reuben P, he probably could just lay down a trail of extra-sticky space cakes.

  • http://www.freewebs.com/betcats DP

    Good look for you, Lang. Can’t wait to see the book at the Borders right down from my crib. now I would like that dvd that I won from the last links section to be delivered to 1045 Flynt Dr. Apt. G-8. Thank you sir. play wit it.

  • http://www.myspace.com/linkstigatorkevin Kevin Wilson

    I’m glad. Bobby Cox is probably full of great stories we’ve just ignored over the years because the Braves were so no-nonsense about winning division titles. Can’t wait to see it on the Amazon pre-sell.

  • http://www.lifehoopsthoughts.blogspot.com the baconator

    Lmao at the ABA links. I’m sorry, but if you’re going to nickname your cheerleaders, you can’t call them the Bison Girls. Might as well call ‘em the Fat Girls Who Got Cut From Every Other Cheerleading Squad (FGWGCFEOCS for short). Also, major congrats on the book deal. I’m not a huge baseball fan, but next time I hit Barnes & Noble I’ll be looking for it

  • ktokyo

    That’s great to hear Lang. Consider one copy already sold here. Been a Linkstigator since back in the day.

    In unrelated news, Kevin Love is going to be a bust, just like Big Country Reeves. You heard it here first.

  • Froggiestyle

    Baseball? Really? I hope you know at least 3 people who give a fluck about guys scratching and spitting up lung pieces. Ohhhh wait I get it. This is for the Pro-America spots *wink* the Real-America…. what “urban” folks dont buy enough books for your taste Lang? :)

  • Big L

    Congrats Lang. I know 2 Braves fans so you can put me down for 2 books. Nothing against you, but I hate the Braves especially if you guys get my boy Peavy.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Cheryl

    Lang, congrats Dude! I remember you talking about this more than a year ago. I’m so happy it’s happening. Now, get to it. No pressure, tho’! :-)

  • http://remembertheaba.com Brett Ballantini

    Way to go Lang! Based on the title alone, the book ought to be a terrific read. Here’s a tip, work in an interview with Bobby C. devotee Ozzie Guillen.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ Tariq al Haydar

    Congrats, Lang. I actually hate baseball but there’s a tiny chance I may check it out just because I like the author’s previous body of work.

  • James aka the artist formerly known as Krayzie Bone

    It makes me feel old that I remember him managing the Blue Jays

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