Around mid-June, 2019, a longtime Jeff Davis County resident, Glen Solomon, who was a well-known sportsman and author of short stories, gave Bill Prince a manuscript for a book he was writing.
Bill is also a Jeff Davis County resident, Executive Minister at Biblical Principles, Inc., a Hazlehurst based non-profit organization. Glen wanted Bill to evaluate his progress on the manuscript and possibly to help him get it published. Bill has been a writer of short stories and an editor of three books which the organization for which he is executive has successfully published. Being familiar with Glen’s writings, as Bill read the manuscript, he was not surprised to conclude quickly that it should be published. There were sentences and paragraphs in the manuscript that were crying out to be published.
After a very successful freelance writing career with Georgia Outdoor News magazine that spanned 15 years, Glen sadly passed away at just 52 years of age Aug. 16, 2019. After a successful hog hunt at Big Hammock WMA, Glen was experiencing chest pains and drove himself to Appling Heath Care in Baxley with what he told his wife over the phone were chest pains. Shortly after arriving, Glen went home to be with the Lord.
It did not take long for a plan to develop whereby Bill would push forward with the publishing of Glen’s manuscript. After sharing the concept for this book with Ms. Cindy, Glen’s widow and Glen’s son Corey, Bill was given encouragement by Glen’s family to proceed.
The team that came together to assemble Glen’s Book finished its preparation by Thanksgiving, 2019, and sent the files to the publisher. Glen Solomon’s book, Hunting on the Fly, containing over 200 pages of Glen’s previously unpublished manuscript, reprints of several of his GON stories, and over 60 color photos was published nationally in late December by the company, Published by Parables, of Chalmette, La.
The most exciting part of the story is that the team that got the work done to publish Glen’s book did the work and paid all the expenses for the charitable benefit of Ms. Cindy, Glen’s widow, a Hazlehurst resident, who now owns the copyright for Hunting on the Fly, and will receive any author’s revenue from its sale. So, when you buy a copy of Glen’s book you are contributing to a charitable cause, the benefit of Glen’s widow.
The book is now available for purchase at Googes’in Hazlehurst, Satilla Feed and Outdoors in Blackshear, Griffin Farm Supply in Broxton and from thebowmancompany.com online, and from other online book sellers such as Amazon.com. The book and the story of its origin is tentatively scheduled for presentation at the March, 2020, meeting of the Friends of the Jeff Davis Library.