Sonny West and Marshall Terrill have surpassed the halfway mark with their new book on Elvis Presley called, “Still Taking Care of Business.” The collaboration, which started in 2002, is the follow-up to the 1977 book “Elvis: What Happened?” Terrill said he’s already written approximately 400 pages and suspects that number could double by the time he’s finished.
Currently, he’s working on a chapter called “Meet the Beatles,” about Presley’s historic rock ‘n’ roll summit with the Fab Four in 1965. Terrill expects to finish the first draft of the manuscript by summer 2005. “The trend these days is to write smaller books in the 200 to 250-page range, but we want Elvis fans to feel as if though they are getting their money’s worth,” Terrill said. “I think once we’re finished, people will be very surprised with the tone and the depth of the book, and get a better understanding of Sonny’s true feelings for Elvis.”
The new book will cover West’s 16 years with Elvis Presley from 1960 to 1976, the aftermath of “Elvis: What Happened?” to his thoughts today on Elvis, Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley. The book will feature several stories and anecdotes that have never been told before and will include many never seen before photos from West’s personal collection as well as photos donated from the Russ Howe Collection. The book will also include a section on former Memphis Mafia members called “Where Are They Now?” and an additional appendix called “The 100 Most Asked Questions about Elvis” in which West answers questions directly from Presley followers.
“I am very happy with the way this book is turning out and I’m taking my time to make sure all the facts are correct, and that it’s being told in the way that I want to tell it,” West said. “This book is a labor of love and is dedicated to a man I loved like a brother. My co-author Marshall Terrill and I are very much on the same page when it comes to this project.” Terrill is the author of eight books, including the 1993 best-seller, “Steve McQueen: Portrait of An American Rebel” and “Sergeant Presley.” His latest project, a definitive biography on basketball legend “Pistol” Pete Maravich, will be released in 2006.
The authors have enlisted veteran literary agent Tony Seidl of New York-based TD Media, who will shop the manuscript once it is finished and fully edited. Seidl, who has sold more than 150 books, specializes in celebrity biographies and autobiographies. He has brokered book and movie deals on subjects such as Elvis Presley, Bobby Darin, Eddie Fisher, Pete Maravich, Larry Holmes and Joe Frazier.
Terrill is seeking questions from Elvis fans for “The 100 Most Asked Questions about Elvis” at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Source: Email / Updated: Apr 9, 2005