The final proofreading on mountain book

The final proofreading has been done, and The Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina has been sent to the printer! I will be working with the sales and marketing staff of Arcadia Publishing to get publicity for this book of vintage postcards and get it on the shelves of strategic stores throughout the mountains and foothills of North Carolina. Publication is scheduled for August 25, 2014!

Publication Date: August 25, 2014

I have been notified by Arcadia Publishing that my vintage postcard book, The Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, will be published on Monday, August 25, 2014. Mark your calendars! In addition to being in stores throughout western North Carolina, the book will be available online. I will share those details later.

It is exciting to have a publication date scheduled, and it makes the book more real to me. This is a learning process. In the coming months, I will learn about marketing the book.

It’s in the mail!

No, really. This is a “red letter day.” As of this morning, the 210 vintage postcards and layout pages for my book, The Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, were shipped to Arcadia Publishing. The book’s text went to the publisher electronically yesterday. It’s time to take a deep breath, celebrate a little, and start working on the proposal for my next book.

The process of writing The Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina was a bit tedious at times as there were strict guidelines for the word count on each postcard caption, but it was a good writing exercise. The word count restrictions forced me to tighten up every sentence and delete every unnecessary word. This usually results in better writing. I hope you will agree when you read the book.

Watch my blog for the publication date.

Looking ahead to the next project

I’m in a holding pattern for the next week or so on The Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina vintage postcard book, so today I turned my attention to the piedmont section of the state. I was pleased to discover that I have enough postcards to consider proposing a piedmont postcards book for Arcadia Publishing. Something else to look forward to in 2014!

A Book of Vintage Postcards

A lot has happened since my last post. I signed a contract with Arcadia Publishing to write a book of vintage postcards called The Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. It will be a thrill to see my name as the author on the cover of a book!

The book will cover the mountains and foothills of North Carolina and the entire Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Doing the necessary research for the book has been educational for me. I have learned a lot about the mountains, but I have also learned that writing a vintage postcard book and writing a historical novel have more in common than one would think. Either book can only contain a small fraction of the details discovered during the research phase.

The text is completed for the book. Caption word counts have been checked and double-checked. Grammar has been examined against The Chicago Manual of Style. All that remains is assigning each postcard a number and cross-referencing those numbers.

Publication will be sometime in 2014. I’ll let you know when I have a publication date!