Anatomy of a Book-The Last Mile

Backing Jill’s Toyota Highlander up the loading ramp at DCG One (one of Seattle’s largest commercial printers) yesterday, I was about to take possession of 980 copies of Miracles In Montanare: Ten Years in Tuscany. The nice young man brought out a shrink-wrapped pallet of boxes on a pallet jack. A little re-organizing was in order to make his “shipment” fit in my pedestrian SUV. Once I found our common …

Anatomy of a Book-Anticipation

Holding the first book in my hands! The culmination of 10 years of envisioning, planning and work. Two days ago, Publisher Ethan Yarbrough of Iron Twine Press walked through my front door with a medium-sized box under his arm. I knew what was coming. This moment was a decade in the making. As I pulled the first flap back and then the second, a moment of emotion gave me pause. It felt …

Anatomy of a Book-Choosing stories for Ten Years in Tuscany

Due to good fortune and a set of special friendships that lighten the credit card hit, Jill, Daniela, and I are able to spend nearly a month each summer in Tuscany. With every trip to the old country, I keep a list of experiences that occur during our stay, subjects and events I will want to write about. With few exceptions, that list is never less than 20 new stories. …

Anatomy of a Book-Ten Years in Tuscany

1000 covers, printed at DCG One in Seattle, await their journey to the bindery. What began on January 25th, 2004 as a blog to stay in touch with our friends on native soil is about to become a complete volume of literary work. Miracles in Montanare: Ten Years in Tuscany, or the idea of writing a book in general, has been a core life goal of mine since 1987. As we near …