Today this Blog is hosting The Fantasy Patch Tour. Our guest is Stephen Geez.
A media thriller by Stephen Geez
Snippet featuring Frank dealing
“Perfect,” Frank pronounces. I have a small batch of rough sketches already, not bad for fifteen minutes. “Help me grab some stacks.” He’s rummaging through cabinets, gathering artwork, ’stats, story boards. “Make a pile of everything you have on the Aller-Tats.”
We load into his car and hit the road.
“You set out your stacks of work,” Frank says, “the tattoo stuff on top of two piles, the Wooter sketches you just made on top of a third. We’re going to talk about them maybe getting our tattoo biz, but if I steer it toward Wooter, act like whatever story I spin is gospel.”
We meet at Ferman’s hotel suite not far from the agency, per Frank’s request, so their people won’t speculate about what’s going on. He’s a smallish sort, a white guy with short-cropped graying hair and immaculate beard. He looks studious in his wire-rim spectacles, very relaxed, friendly, the kind who touches your arm while shaking hands. We sit on couches in the office area of his suite.
“You and Danté both have tremendous reputations, and have done some remarkable work,” Ferman says good-naturedly―he’s done some fast pre-meeting homework on who we are. “I’m glad to hear you’ve both landed running.” He’s glancing at my three piles, but being very subtle about it.
“But we don’t have the people to handle production and placement. You just bought out one of the best organizations in Chicago.”
“I’m glad you think so.”
“I know, because I put most of it together.”
“I’m planning to come in and dismantle your company,” Frank says matter-of-factly. “Thought you might want to know.”
“I see two of our clients on your piles,” Ferman says off-handedly. We could be chatting about the weather.
“This one’s in the bag,” Frank says, gesturing. “I need twenty of your best people to nationwide, on the shelves in three to five weeks.”
“That’s ambitious in the extreme,” Ferman says.
“Similar timetable,” Frank tosses out, “for a thirty-million-dollar launch about to be announced next week. I’ll need everybody on your top two floors for that.”
Ferman nods. “You would. If you’ve got the scratch to throw around, I can’t stop you from hiring some away, either. We’ll adjust. It’s the nature of our business.”
“Or we could cut a deal,” Frank says.
Yeah, I’m thinking, let’s cut a deal. All this huffery-puffery makes me nervous. We’re so far extended in our commitments and obligations, with such a huge payroll to cover already . . .
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Comment from Stephen Geez
Be sure to seize this chance to follow our wondrous host’s blog. Today is Day 5 of my 4 Wills Publishing blog tour to tout Fantasy Patch, my media thriller. Friends know I spent years as a big-agency executive producer for Fortune 100 clients, a role strikingly similar to my main character’s in this novel. Many nudged me knowingly, wanting to admit that Dante was based on me. Well, no, but I do imbue him with similarities to how I handle the creative side of that role. Really, Frank is at least as much like me in how he works the business side. I guess the combo of those two characters might sort of be based on me, or at least that version of me back in the day. I’d like to say they’re not. Let’s see if I say it. Please try to win a copy of the book. Thanks!
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Stephen Geez is a retired businessman, television producer, and music composer/producer who writes novels, essay collections, all manner of shorts, and industrial scripts. With University of Michigan bachelors and masters degrees including English Language & Literature, he’s a maven of language mechanics and literary styles who argues that any message is more compelling if told like a story.
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