In addition to information and updates on activities involving the marketing of my book, ODES ON ALI, I want to include regular posts under the title More On Ali. In these posts I will provide more on the great Muhammad Ali. Things on Ali that the average fan, or those less familiar with his career, might not know. Things that were not included in the book, as well as things involved in what is in the book. First up, the reason I chose the colors that make up the book cover. Red, white and black were the three colors Ali used for his trunks throughout his professional career. He predominantly wore white trunks with black trim with only a few exceptions. First, in his pro debut he appeared to have worn the USA emblazoned trunks from the Olympics. Then, in his first fight with Sonny Liston he wore white trunks with a black waist band and red side stripes. In his first reign as heavyweight champ he wore white trunks with red trim in some bouts. And of course, after his return from exile, in his bout with Oscar Bonavena and his first clash with Joe Frazier he wore red trunks with white trim. The only other variation was in his fight against Jimmy Ellis when he wore white trunks sans the black trim. So, I felt it was an appropriate tribute to choose a combination of red, white and black for the book’s cover.
Welcome to davidallenbates.com and my first blog posting. The website is davidallenbates.com because that’s my full given name (my middle name Allen is my maternal grandmother’s family name) and it was the domain name made available to me when I decided I needed one. When first deciding to finally market my writing I simply used David Bates as the byline on the articles, poems, and short stories that I penned and then attempted to peddle. So, everything that I have written and published prior to my book coming out is under David Bates. However, when I finally decided to write a book, I noticed there were several other authors named David Bates. So, as a tribute to my favorite author, Robert B. Parker, I decided to include my middle initial on any books that I published. Name recognition is a key element for any writer seeking success in the publishing world. The most successful authors are the ones whose name takes up more of the cover than the book title. Being a lifelong writer but first time author this definitely does not apply to me, which is why the David A. Bates on my book takes a back seat to the title. Plus the fact that the subject of my book is one of the most famous figures on the planet. So, even if it wasn’t my first book the title subject would still no doubt rate more cover space. So, to recap, the website’s David Allen, all of the books will be David A., and all other writings are just David. Oh yeah, and in person most of the people I know just call me Dave. Simple, right? Hopefully, all future efforts by this writer will be listed on this site leaving no doubts as to who penned them. Oh well, like my old grandpa (who called me Dave) used to say, “Call me anything you want, just don’t call me late for supper.”