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Thursday, April 23, 2009

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DECEMBER 5th, 2010
CRADLE OF THE NORTH gets picked up by EPICENTER PRESS!
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After several re-writes, done at the suggestion of Lael Morgan (editor extraordinaire), Epicenter Press has picked up CRADLE OF THE NORTH, which is expected to be published in SPring of 2012. I received my official contract in November of 2010, stating that my final text was due at the publishers by December 1st, 2012. I sent it off in time, then dealt with the next phase -- coordinating the photos that would accompany the text. While writing the text was a cathartic experience, digging up even more memories through the boxes and folders of old slides an photographs from up to 30 years ago was another landmark event. Kieth Richards highly recommends the experience of writing one's autobiography, and I have to agree that it is an amazing experience to re-visit your earlier life with the wisdom of age on your side.
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I submitted the final copy of the text on time, and have had my photos digitized and sent off to the publisher. WHile looking through the envelopes of old slides, I even found some that I had not seen before. Or perhaps I just don't remember them in the rush of getitng other things done back then. It is good to have time to savor those moments, frozen in time on the tiny squares of celulose film.
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My next task is preparing a map for the book. I am getting help on this from Gray Mouse Graphics in Washington State. I used to draft maps with mylar and India ink and repidograph pens that constantly clogged up. Drafting is now a very different beast, done on computers that give the work a highly poslished look.
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I will be doing a press tour when the book coumes out in 2012, starting in Seattle and continuing up the various towns and communities of Alaska. After that, I plan to take the book around with me and speak to various groups and organizations in England, where I currently live.
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And so begins the journey of this book, from preparation to press. I find that writing, like exploring, is a real adventure that despite whatever plans I have made, once I take off, I don't entirely know where I will end up. I hope the journey of being this book's author will be as meaningful and thought-provoking as the experiences that created it.

--Mary Albanese 5th Dec, 2010
8:37 pm gmt 


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