I thank you for reading and commenting on last week’s post (and for inquiring about my book), just as I thank the cranes for comforting me and putting things in perspective earlier this year.
Even before the close of my three-day sojourn in the Sandhill Cranes’ presence in March, I resolved not to put away my fully written and partly edited manuscript in a drawer from which it might never reemerge. But instead of subjecting myself to more rejections from established publishers, and to avoid a long delay, I decided to self-publish, even if that step immediately lessens the value of my book in some readers’ and critics’ eyes, and possibly pigeonholes me as a wannabe who didn’t make the cut.
With the help of a professional copyeditor, book and cover designer, indexer, and publishing coach, I kept on revising my words, labeling photos, choosing page layouts and fonts, and stumbling through the process of applying for an ISBN, a LCCN, and a Colorado sales tax license. After months of feeling like a fish out of water, my husband and I picked up the finished product at the printing facility in Aurora just outside of Denver on July 23.
Places and People of the Pikes Peak Region: Exploring 14 Signature Sites is a collection of 14 separate yet interconnected essays. Each examines a natural or manmade landmark, the person for whom it is named, and the relevant historical context. Every chapter includes historic and/or present-day photographs and the book’s narrative is complemented by a bibliography, chronology, appendices, and index.
As my book’s acknowledgments make clear, I could not have written it without the help of many. I won’t reiterate every thank you here, but I would like to express my deep appreciation to a few friends and fellow writers who took many hours out of their busy schedules to read different iterations of my manuscript, and made suggestions to better it.
Thank you, Andrea!
Andrea J. blogs at Between Urban and Wild, and read not only one of my earliest almost-essays, but also my almost-final book rendition, before creating a beautifully detailed index and composing a generous blurb.
Thank you, Andy!
Andy B.’s bird’s eye perspective is honed by many hours spent flying either jets or other flying machines, and he has a knack for not losing sight of the big picture. His second calling in life is to be a cheerleader.
Thank you, Rebecca!
When not teaching Shakespeare to her college students, Rebecca L. spends as much time with birds as possible, and I always cherish to be part of that experience whenever our schedules mesh. Her verdict after reading a later copy of my manuscript encouraged me to continue.
Last but not least, thank you, Mike!
My husband should be listed as my co-author, as he has read and reread countless corrections and revisions. Furthermore, he has had to listen to all my fears and anxieties, both before the printing of the book, as well as afterward, because of some missing but luckily not crucial information from the copyright page, typos I overlooked, second thoughts about having included some details and left out others, and because of mounting fears that the book will be either ignored or discredited. Maybe some of you writers can relate to my mixed emotions at this stage.
Because of the regional character of the book, whose readership likely will be center around residents or visitors of the Pikes Peak region, because of my belief in the importance of local, independent bookstores, and because of the fact that I have never read an e-book in my life, at present, the book is only available as a paperback and can be purchased directly through me, or from one of the area book sellers, who are listed on the page “My Book,” available on my blog’s menu.