It's EKKO’s Birthday!
In May of 2010 I lost my job, and that’s when I decided to go full steam with EKKO. Following the advice of my first editor, I started developing EKKO into a series. The first book was rewritten, and I started outlining books two and three.
December 2012, I put a business plan together and got a partner, and as fate would have it I acquired the best partner any entrepreneur could hope for in Michael Palitz, who, with my enduring appreciation, decided to come on board. Together we structured the series, the music, and the future of EKKO, then put our noses to the grindstone.
Somewhere in 2013, Nathan Juju became a larger part of the story so I wrote some songs that E, the lead singer, would want to sing, (we’re pretty good pals, he and I) and I was lucky enough to acquire some incredible musicians [Tim Thompson, Halley DeVestern, Ted Stafford, Dirk Kennedy] to help with the recordings.
Before we knew it - ‘Wholla’ ... Nathan juju had come to life.
In December 2014, as technology advanced, we followed suit and built the Multimedia books, housing the 1000 page EKKO Trilogy, and featuring the music of Nathan Juju.
May 2015, we took EKKO to the monster of all book fairs, BEA, held at Jacob Javits here in New York City. We pimped the Paperbacks, eBooks, Multimedia Books, Nathan Juju CDs, and oh yeah – buttloads of candy.
July of 2015, we got a film option (I’m sure it was the candy) and began developing EKKO into a movie. Now, you didn’t think this would all be so smooth – did you? Of course not. As fate would have it, that movie deal turned out to be, hmmm, not so swell. Seems EKKO ended up at the racetrack with Uncle Vinney. (Thanks Hollywood)
Last month we opened Talisman Productions Inc, our own production company, to handle the legals, logistics, and production of the EKKO Series.
None of this, let me repeat that, NONE of this would be possible without the support you guys have shown over the years. You are the true backbone of EKKO, and with every ounce of appreciation we have, we want to THANK YOU!
Now get out and enjoy this Fall weather!
My very best to you and yours,