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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Articles on Publishing for Industry Magazines





 On occasion, I am asked to write for various book-and publishing-related magazines.

I find it interesting and fun, especially since they let me write about pretty much anything I want. Many others have shared ideas and business strategies with me, so I hope that my own experience and insights help others.

Since most or all of the readers of our books never see these articles, I thought it might be interesting to post one on occasion.

Here is the first, an article I called "Can I Sizzle You a Cigar?" It appeared in Book Business magazine.
 
I hope you enjoy it.
 
--tps

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

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A slew of new books arrived just yesterday, which as you can imagine is always a fun day at the office. Opening those boxes is a lot like Christmas--many times a year.

The Civil War Lover's Guide to New York City
, by Bill Morgan;


Battle of Big Bethel: Crucial Clash in Early Civil War Virginia, by J. Michael Cobb, Edward B. Hicks, and Wythe Holt; and

Robert E. Lee in War and Peace: The Photographic History of a confederate and American Icon, by Donald A. Hopkins, M.D.

I am of course excited by all three, but the Lee book intrigues me for many reasons, and one in particular.

As a kid I spent hours laying on my bedroom floor studying Roy Meredith's The Face of Robert E. Lee in Life and Legend (1947). It simply fascinated me. I recall usin
g a magnifying class to study the details (I used that same glass on the same floor to try and make sense of the ridiculously small map details in Murfin's Antietam study Gleam of Bayonets (which I loved, and still do to this day.)


Meredith's study is now 60+ years old and as I discovered from Dr. Hopkins's work, loaded with mistakes and woefully incomplete. Little did I know that one day I would publish what I sincerely believe is the definitive book on this topic.


Hopkins's new tome has every known Lee image, with tons of info on the photography, Lee himself, his history, and much much more. It is also professionally designed inside on photo-matte paper by Mason City friend Jim Zach, who has done many of our jackets and the inside of several books). It is also oversize at 7 x 10.

I sincerely hope you enjoy it.

--tps