If my research into a subject determines that there are ideas worth publishing, it becomes a project. I intend to publish the projects listed on this page in some form, and one of the benefits of having a Troy Street Publishing is that I can proceed when a traditional publisher might not. I can target niche reading audiences, and turn a project into a published title at a lower cost.
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to projects. The goal is to publish, but that might mean as a print book or an e-book, or as a video, or as a blog series. It’s not only a process of what to create, but also of how to create it.
Not all projects succeed. I spent two years on a project to document the early years of the technology and defense industries on the Route 128 ring following World War II, but eventually abandoned the idea because I brought neither a trove of new content nor a distinctive voice to the subject. I believe, however, that the projects listed on this page can succeed.
The first project is of course the already published first volume of The Boston Jazz Chronicles: Faces, Places, and Nightlife 1937–1962. There is an old saying that you never finish a book, you just send it to the printer sometimes. That’s the case here—I’m still researching the people and places of part 1, while an in-process part 2 explores the 1960s through the 1980s. On What, And Give Up Show Business? I am working as a collaborator with Boston music impresario Fred Taylor on the story of his life in the music business. Boston 1930 goes behind the big local stories of that time to look at Boston in the later years of Prohibition and the early years of the Depression.
A project isn’t always text-based. I maintain a YouTube channel that combines out-of-print recordings with still images in a series of history-flavored music videos, with the goal of keeping this mostly forgotten music alive.
In addition, there is work for others, including researching and writing for magazines and online journals. For more information, visit the Editorial and Research Services page.
Here are the links to each of these projects:
The Boston Jazz Chronicles, Parts 1 and 2
The Boston Jazz Chronicles YouTube Channel
What, And Give Up Show Business?