It’s a new year and I’m refocusing my efforts on my blogging. Last year got a little spotty as I had some big things going on (including a new baby).
But I’m looking at my writing and editing and taking stock of everything. So to kick things off, I thought I’d talk about some of the latest projects I’ve worked on. And then hopefully I’ll be better about posting from this starting point.
This past year I worked on a lot of different kinds of books as I started working for HOW Books (a graphic design imprint) having previously worked for Writer’s Digest Books. So it’s been a big shift in subject material. It’s been great to be exposed to different kinds of writing and to work on books that are visually oriented in addition to the writing itself.
One of the of Writer’s Digest projects that I finished up last year before moving to HOW was the 2013 edition of The Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market. It was exciting to finish up my work with the fantastic WD brand working on one of their signature books. The latest edition includes some great stuff: an interview with Christopher Golden, author of the Secret Journeys of Jack London series, Baltimore, or the Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire, and many others; an interview with science-fiction author Alan Dean Foster; and other great stuff.
Another book I worked on as a co-author for WD (along with Peter Archer and Jeff Gerke) was The Unofficial Hobbit Handbook, which is a fun book inspired by the new Hobbit movie that offers a sort of “what would a hobbit do” approach to everyday advice.
On the HOW side of things I had the pleasure of working on Success by Design by David Sherwin, a great guide to design processes and running a graphic design business; Toy Confidential by Aled Lewis, a fun and irreverent romp through the world of toys; The Web Designer’s Idea Book Volume 3 by Patrick McNeil, a compendium of the best examples of web design work in recent years, and An Illustrated Journey, by Danny Gregory (due in Feb), a collection of essays from illustrators and artists about the art of keeping travel sketchbooks.
It’s been a great year. I’ve worked on a lot of great projects and have worked with some fantastic authors. I’m looking forward to an exciting 2013. (And hopefully I’ll be a little better about blogging, this year). Onward.