Did you know that Kathryn Stockett, author of “The Help,” sent her manuscript out to agents  60 times before it was finally accepted and published? It became a sensation right away, spent 100 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and studios fought for the film rights. Did the 60 or more acquisitions editors get fired for turning it down? Doubt it, but they must have eaten crow for a long time after for losing all that money!

I keep a news clipping with that information close at hand and as I currently wait to edit my manuscript, Craps & the Showgirl, and hopefully receive an offer, I look at the article and know how many writers go through the same thing every day.

My last article was sold to a magazine called Nevada in the West: A Magazine of Popular History in Summer of 2010. The magazine has wonderful stories of Nevada written by many folks who were actually involved in the history—like myself.

My story was about being hired in Hollywood as a showgirl to go to Reno and work at the famous Riverside Hotel.  There had been dancers there for years off and on, but apparently no showgirls. There was a difference in those days, so four of us were hired and were sent to join 16 dancers and numerous famous headliners with names like Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Joey Bishop and many more favorites of the transplanted mobsters from the East. Mobsters were Proprietors of every Casino I knew about.

The article has become an enlarged and precise chapter of my book, Craps & the Showgirl.

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