On December 9, 2014, at the gracious invitation of Alan Saliwanchik, Mark gave a presentation at Sinclair Community College (the largest community college in the country). The audience was a local “service club", Ta-Wa-Si, (roughly translated as “Friend/Helper”) of about 100 business people.
He spoke for approximately 45 minutes, talking about the re-release of "Last at Bat", and about where he and his team are in the process of bringing the novel to the screen—hint—Crowd Funding and The Search for Dylan Michael, both commencing spring 2015.
During his appearance, two videos were shown, “Last at Bat” Sizzle trailer and the World Premiere of Los Angeles based Producer/Director Jijo Reed’s teaser trailer, “The Search for Dylan Michael”.
The audience was particularly receptive, posing several comments and questions at the conclusion of Mark’s presentation:
"This is the first time I have heard of these two things (crowd funding and talent search) being done together, great concept--I think it will be successful."
"Great stuff, looking forward to hearing more about this."
"My grandkids are too young, but we have neighbor boys that play ball, I think they'll be interested."
"Damn, if I was 12 years old I'd be all over this. Need a player 52?"
"Could I nominate more than one player?"
"Great idea, man, you could have a monster on your hands."
"How much did those videos cost? They looked very expensive. Top notch."
"Great videos. Very professional."
"Wow, those videos were really cool."
"Loved Last at Bat. I read it in two days. Couldn't put it down."
"Last at Bat sounds like a great story. I'll take two books, please."
"Really good presentation."
"When will the movie come out, I want to see it."
It was a fun afternoon, we met a lot of really nice people, and continued to enjoy a great reception to “Last at Bat” and upcoming plans. Our many thanks to Ta-Wa-Si and Mr. Saliwanchik for a wonderful lunch and warm reception.
If you, or someone you know would like to have Mark speak to your group, please contact Mark’s Marketing Director, Jan Burden, (937-266-2779), or Media Consultant, Joanne Houston (937-681-7210) or via firstname.lastname@example.org.
We had to share the review - thank you so much!
"I am a huge baseball fan, having both sons play the game I have an understanding of what it takes. So when I was given the book Last At Bat, by Mark Donahue, I was looking forward to reading it and I wasn't disappointed.
The story of Dylan Micheal and Matt Wolf is one of strength, endurance, passion and love of the game baseball. In the story you will read about men who have all that and the talent to play MLB. Donahue paints a picture with colorful characters, a strong sense of family and the lengths some will go to for a total stranger, just because it's the right thing to do. A triumph over tragedy story that will leave you with hope in the kindness of others."
Matt didn’t say anything. He simply picked up one of the bats and swung it slowly like he had with the piece of wood weeks before. Then he increased the length of the arc of the bat until the air in the room hissed with the power and speed of his swing.
At first, he swung the bat right-handed, but then he effortlessly switched to the left-handed position and swung with the same smoothness and control as the bat sliced through the air like a scythe.
After his final swing, Matt held his follow-through and gazed out the window into the distance as if following the flight of an imaginary ball and hearing the roar of a crowd. At the same time, sunlight streamed into the tool shed, mixed with sawdust in the air, and distorted Matt’s face and body. The result was a golden, shimmering image that appeared ethereal and other worldly.
Transfixed and speechless by what he saw, Sonny was not sure how to react. Finally, it was Matt who said, "Yep, I think I may have played some ball in my day.”
When we caught up with Mark, he was putting the finishing touches on his second novel, Golden Reich, Operation Rebirth, slated for publication later this year. He graciously sat down with us one afternoon to discuss how and why he made the transition from a career in business to author, why he thinks LAB has enjoyed such universal appeal, and what his fans can expect in the future from this master story teller.