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My dad was my literary secretary

Bert Stratton
Bert Stratton

By Bert Stratton |

(Editor’s note: Bert Stratton is the uncle of Jordon Rose, Rose Law Group founder and CEO, and Court Rich, partner, Rose Law Group.)

A New York editor wrote, “You should write a book.  After reading your wonderful essay in The New York Times this morning, I’ve spent the last couple of hours reading everything you’ve written that I could find online. You root your essays in your personal experience, but they have a universal appeal.”

The editor concluded, “A humorous book about real estate would have tremendous commercial appeal.”

Yes!  But what if I worked a year on the book, got a paltry advance, and only four people read the book?  Besides, I’ve already published a book. I published a novel in the 1970s about sex and college.  It was small press (my press). I gave a copy to Allen Ginsberg. You can find it on Google.  A Cold Night in Ann Arbor.


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