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Cellar Dwellers: The Worst Teams in Baseball History by Jonathan Weeks
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Title: Cellar Dwellers: The Worst Teams in Baseball History
Author: Jonathan Weeks
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
Publish Date: July 2012
ISBN: 978-0810885325

Tell us a little bit about your writing and educational background

Jonathan Weeks: I started out drawing and writing comic books when I was in elementary school. I was a member of my high school newspaper staff in Schenectady, New York. I wasn’t much of a reporter. I preferred writing reviews of movies I had seen and music I liked. I later majored in journalism for a semester at the Junior College of Albany. Somehow I ended up with a degree in psychology. It’s funny how life works.

What is your book about?

Jonathan Weeks: Baseball’s pathetic but sometimes loveable losers.

Why should readers read your book?

Jonathan Weeks: If you think about it, most of the baseball books out there are about great players and successful teams. The losers are interesting too-sometimes even more so. I particularly enjoyed writing about the 1962 Mets and 1899 Cleveland Spiders. The Mets had Casey Stengel as manager-one of my all time favorite baseball personalities. The Spiders were so bad they had to play most of their games on the road because nobody would pay to see them. Seriously.

Did you have any obstacles while writing this book? If so, what were they?

Jonathan Weeks: It’s challenging reading some of the old newspaper accounts. They’re written in an archaic style-very flowery and full of outdated lingo. At times it’s like reading a different language. You can’t tell what actually happened on the field.

What other book have you previously had published?

Baseball’s Most Notorious Personalities: A Gallery of Rogues

Are you working on any projects right now?

Jonathan Weeks: I have another baseball book set for release next June. It’s called Beyond Mudville: Fabulous Feats, Belligerent Behavior and Erratic Episodes on the Diamond. I’ve always been interested in unusual on-field events. I’ve been “collecting” offbeat anecdotes for years and finally put them all together. Beyond Mudville covers three centuries of baseball history. I also recently completed a baseball novel which is set during World War II. No one has offered to publish it yet, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed. I have several other projects planned for the future.

What is your advice for writers wanting to turn authors out there?

Jonathan Weeks: I keep hearing a lot of things about self-publishing nowadays. It’s a wide open market and it’s relatively easy to do. Fifty Shades of Grey was self-published before it was picked up by Vintage Books (a Random House imprint). Attaining that level of success is rare, but not impossible. I would recommend the self-publishing route to authors who have exhausted all other channels. I would definitely hire an editor to go over your work first though (there is a lot of garbage floating around in the world of self-publishing). I’ve considered doing it myself. Who knows? Maybe I will at some point in the future.

What made you become a writer?

Jonathan Weeks: I’m horrible at public speaking-I just get so nervous. I’ve always felt that I had a voice though. Writing was the most comfortable medium. And there is nothing like sitting down with a good book.

Who is your favorite author and why?

Jonathan Weeks: I read a lot of fiction in addition to baseball books. I love historical novels and I’m partial to Ken Follet. I have always been a fan of Stephen King-though nowadays I prefer his short stories over his novels.

Where can we find you?

Jonathan Weeks: jonathanweeks.blogspot.com

My blog is called Cellar Dwellers and I post weekly.

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