Text: Julie Schwietert Collazo
Photos: Francisco Collazo
This is an exciting project for me for a few reasons.
First, while I have a couple guidebook credits to my name (Fodor’s Puerto Rico and Fodor’s Caribbean), I was not the sole author of those works; Moon New York State will be entirely my baby. Second, I’ll be collaborating with Francisco, who will be shooting all of the photos for the book. As you probably know, there’s no one with whom I enjoy working more than my husband. Third, the timing couldn’t be better: there’s no better time to do on-the-road research in New York than the summer.
It’ll be wheels to the road and hands to the keyboard for the next 12 weeks, and you’ll notice that most of the posts here will be related to guidebook work. These process-oriented posts will give you behind-the-scenes glimpses of what writing a guidebook entails.
Over on my other blog, CollazoProjects, you’ll find posts that are out-takes from our travels around the state: quirky attractions, delicious food, and overlooked places that may or may not make it into the guidebook but deserve coverage.
We’ll still be promoting the Pope book, which was just published in Spanish, Portuguese, and German. And I’ll still be writing about the processes related to that book, too: How do reviews of books affect authors? How do you make sure your book finds its legs once it’s published? Expect plenty of practical pointers… when I can find an Internet connection.
Have a question about any aspect of the guidebook writing process? Feel free to ask me here or on twitter.