Monday, December 14, 2009

HARRY TRUMAN'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE is an excellent success story

by Jane

When my client Matthew Algeo suggested the idea of doing a book about the road trip Harry Truman and his wife Bess took right after his presidency was over, I thought it was a terrific idea. The proposal went to 34 publishers in three different rounds beginning in April 2007 and finally selling in early July of that year. There were two bids on the project and Matthew chose Chicago Review Press, a small publisher with whom we do quite a bit of business.

The book was published earlier this year, has earned more than twice its advance and has received incredible reviews and press mentions which I am sharing here. Success stories like this one don’t happen often but when they do, I find them enormously gratifying:

Washington Post Book World
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
The Daily Herald (TN)
ArtVoice (NY)
Wisconsin Rapids Tribune
News-Sentinel (IN)
Pennsylvania Magazine
Pekarskie (PA) News-Herald 
Sauk Valley (IL) Weekend 
Ogle County (IL) Life/Rock Valley Shopper
XM/Sirius Radio’s The Ron and Fez Show
Kettering-Oakwood Times
History Magazine
Dayton Daily News
Memoirs of an Amnesiac
Columbus Dispatch
Carroll County (MD) Times
Jefferson City (MO) News Tribune
WTKF FM's Coastal Daybreak
Book Reviews
American Road
College & Research Libraries News
New Press (OK)
WGN-AM’s Extension 720 with Milt Rosenberg
Baltimore Sun's Read Street
Mountaineer (NC)
Cars & Parts
Nashville Public Library's Off the Shelf
Daily Reflector (NC)
Selma (CA) Enterprise
American Spirit
American History
Delaware State News
Baltimore Jewish Times
XM/Sirius Radio's Peter Greenberg Worldwide
Frederick (MD) Post
Pennsylvania Gazette
Dover (DE) Post
Something Good to Read
Presidents and Presidency of the United States
AAA Traveler
Indianapolis Star
Bucks County (PA) Herald
New York Times' In Transit
Journal of American Culture
Washington Post
Boing Boing
Urban Coaster
Dave's Travel Corner
Creative Loafing
Chowan (NC) Herald
Jackson (MS) Free Press
Cumberland Times-News
Press-Telegram (CA)
Allegheny Radio Corporation's "Magic Morning Show"
WTCS-AM's "The Morning Show"
Appalachian Independent
WVON-AM's "Paul Lisnek Show"
WLS-AM's  "The Roe Conn Show"
Lake Michigan Shore
Illinois Radio Network's "Eye on Illinois"
Washington Times
KMBZ-AM's "Kansas City's Morning News"
Palladium-Item (IN)
WZUS-FM's "Scott and Scott in the Morning"
St. Louis Beacon
WMEA-FM's "Maine Things Considered"
WILP-AM's "Happenings Q&A"
KGO-AM's "The John Rothmann Show"
Riverfront Times
The Week
Herald and Review (IL)
History News Network
New Daily Record (MD)
Star-Democrat (MD)
Herald-Star (OH)
Columbia Daily Tribune (MO)
American Public Media's Marketplace
PW Daily
Bonner Springs-Edwardsville Chieftain (MO)
Staten Island Live
Alfred Sun (NY)
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
KCUR-FM's "The Walt Bodine Show"
KCMO's "The KCMO Morning Show"
Real Simple
World Hum
World Wide Woodard
LJ Express
Publishers Weekly
Library Journal


  1. Success stories are always great to hear. Thank you for sharing this with us, Jane. And congrats to you and Matthew!

  2. What an amazing journey for you both, from the mere suggestion of an idea to these accolades. The wonderful effect of words ...