I’m so excited I can hardly stand it. Colors of Naples and the Amalfi Coast is complete and available for pre-order on Amazon! The printing company will not have the books ready until the end of May, but everything else is complete.
For at least ten years I have had a dream of publishing a book of my travel photos. When I travel I love to capture the moment with my camera and create memories forever. So many times I have been asked if there are photos in my books. Since the answer is no, my blog has been the place where anyone can see these photos.
My other two books are published through CreateSpace, and my research has shown that photos do not print with high enough quality by CreateSpace. In addition, the paper is not appropriate for photos, so I have always opted to not include photos in my books, other than the covers.
Many of my friends have always encouraged me to include photos or create a photo book, but the price point for sale has always been too high. I knew that I couldn’t sell a book of my photography if it was priced at $50 or $60.
Thanks to my friend Jill Farrell and author Sherry Rentschler, I decided to check out some companies who specialize in printing photo books. Even Blurb, which I have found to have wonderful quality, could not price a book in the range I needed. Enter JoAnn Locktov and Dream of Venice.
As soon as I had my first hands-on experience with this wonderful hardcover work, edited by JoAnn Locktov, with photography by Charles Christopher, I knew that this was the kind of book I wanted to publish and I hoped that I could feasibly do it.
I sought out information from JoAnn, who was more than gracious and helpful, responding to my inquiries about the printing company, Friesens from Canada, and the publishing process. This is offset printing, a completely different process from print-on-demand. Thank you so much, JoAnn, for all of your help.
That was in January, and once I realized that I could publish a photography book with a reasonable selling price, I had made a decision. I knew I needed to set a deadline before my trip to Italy. After discussing this with Almut, my editor, we thought we could achieve the goal together. I had earned from experience that once the writing is done the editing process can take months. Thank you Almut, for your effficiency.
After talking with Brad, the ever-knowing and patient technical support person at Friesens, I realized that I needed to learn how to use Adobe InDesign in order to create my book. That process can be another entire blog post. Suffice it to say that with the help of online tutorials from Lynda.com, and many phone calls to Brad, I achieved the goal.
So here we are, a few months later, and I am elated! What I am really thrilled about is having created a book which features the people, streets, traditions, places, and history of Naples and the Amalfi Coast. Naples rarely receives its due, and the Amalfi Coast has become my favorite place in Italy.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Tina, from Discover Napoli Destinations. She wrote the foreword to this book, and if it weren’t for her, I never would have visited Naples in the first place. After experiencing Naples with Tina, I was inspired to write a book which focuses on the good aspects of Naples. Grazie, Tina.
Stay tuned for my next post, which will feature Tina. Ciao.