Friday, October 30, 2009

Writer Spotlight: Justin and Gary VanRiper


NAME: Gary Allen VanRiper
CITY OF RESIDENCE: Camden, N.Y.
FIELD: Author, photographer, pastor, Adirondack 46’er
EMPLOYER: The Wesleyan Church and Adirondack Kids Press, Ltd.

NAME: Justin Robert VanRiper
CITY OF RESIDENCE: Camden, N.Y.
FIELD: College Student

Q. What were your main writing & publishing accomplishments this past year?
A. This summer of 2009 we officially hit a major milestone for The Adirondack Kids® series of books with 100,000 copies in print.

Q. What new projects are you working on for the upcoming year?
A. We are excited as The Adirondack Kids® #10 is scheduled to be released in 2010, which is the 10th anniversary for the series. We have just confirmed plans with Old Forge Lake Cruises (http://oldforgelakecruises.com/) for an Adirondack Kids Family Day (Cruise & Book Party) on Saturday, June 5, 2010. We are also working on an art retrospective (10 years of original Adirondack Kids artwork) to be shown at the Old Forge Arts Center. Details on these and other 10th anniversary events will be on our official website and Facebook site and on twitter. We are also working on The Adirondack Kids #1 to be produced as an audio book.

Q. What are your upcoming public appearances?
A. During the public school year, nearly all of our appearances are at schools where I talk to elementary school children about reading & writing. Book signings and other public appearances can be found as they are scheduled on our official website: www.adirondackkids.com or by following me on twitter at adirondackkids

Q. If you were to write a book with one other person in the world, who would it be and what would you write? 
Gary: Other than Justin? Actually, I am working right now with our daughter, Sarah, on a work of fiction, also set in the Adirondacks.

Justin: I do like writing fantasy – but would write solo.

Q. What do you like the most about living in and/or writing about the Adirondack region?
Gary: I am so thankful to have access to one of the most beautiful and interesting spaces on this planet – the Adirondacks. My plan is to hike and photograph as many of the 6 million acres that I can while I still have my health – my legs underneath me. Regarding writing, it is the juxtaposition of the ancient with the modern that creates such a dramatic landscape in which to develop and set characters loose.

Justin: I like how close the Adirondacks are for vacation!

ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Gary Allen VanRiper is a husband, step father, foster father, adoptive father, pastor, writer, photographer and Adirondack 46'er. He has won multiple awards in journalism, photojournalism and in 2004-2005 won with The Adirondack Kids® co-author, Justin VanRiper, the Adirondack Literary Award for Best Children’s book for Islands in the Sky. He recently narrated chapters for an Audio CD to accompany the field guide, Birding the Great Lakes Seaway Trail – and he hosts a weekly segment, Adirondack Journal, on the popular regional television show, Mohawk Valley Living. In the spring of 2010, Gary and his wife Carol, are headed as photojournalists to Zambia in Africa as short term missionaries for Global Partners.

Justin Robert VanRiper is a sophomore at Houghton College in Houghton, New York. He is majoring in psychology and is in the Army ROTC program currently aspiring to be an Army Chaplain.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Professional Development: Book TV a helpful resource

There are a good number of resources available for writers and small publishers, both at home and online.

I like to refer people first to the Adirondack Center for Writing, based at Paul Smith’s College, because that is our local resource for writers, and, for a very small staff, they do an extraordinary amount of work to help writers of all ages improve their craft. Yet, as small business owners, we know that market research and professional development is an ongoing process that always takes us well beyond the geographical boundaries of our region. The Internet is full of industry news and ideas to help writers write better, publish, and get paid for their work.

One great resource is Book TV, a product of the C-SPAN2 cable television network. Sunday morning is a great time to flip on Book TV and watch non-fiction authors tell us about their latest books (I’m partial to non-fiction). The video usually comes from an event at a bookstore. At the very least, watching Book TV is a tremendous motivating tool. I’ve seen people watch the videos and say, “I can do that. That should be me up there.”

The Book TV web site is a helpful place to find all the network’s video features, links to book fairs, and News About Books. Some of the latest News blurbs are: Publisher Sets EBook Price at $35; 2009 National Book Award Finalists Announced; Libraries Start “Lending” EBooks; Textbooks Go Digital; and Book Sales Are Down in 2009. Now, tell me, you’d probably click on a few of these stories, right? Each is a link to another web site with the news story.

The online Book TV news story I recently found most interesting was tagged “Authors Look for Novel Ways to Promote Books.” Click on the link, and it takes you to the Washington Post web site. The article, written by Neely Tucker and published on Sept. 24, 2009, had the headline: “On Web, A Most Novel Approach: With Promotion Money Tight, Authors Take to Online Sites To Toot Their Own Horns.” One focus of the article was the story of Kelly Corrigan, author of “The Middle Place,” who took marketing into her own hands, and, with the help of a web site, a video trailer, a YouTube video of her reading samples of her book, and countless hours pounding the pavement peddling her books, she hand-sold between 2,000 and 3,000 copies of her book. Within a year, her book sold 80,000 copies in hardcover and 260,000 copies in paperback and was on the New York Times bestseller list for 20 weeks, topping off at the No. 2 spot.

Stories like this really motivate me to get out there and write, publish and sell my books. There is so much to learn from others, and there are thousands of resources to tap. Have fun exploring!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Adirondack Attic: Long Lake stoneware cooler


(Editor’s Note: The following is a sample of an “Adirondack Attic” story, by Andy Flynn, originally published in newspapers in November 2007 and re-printed in “New York State’s Mountain Heritage: Adirondack Attic, Volume 5.” See a photo of the artifact on the cover of the book.)

Exploring one of the Adirondack Museum’s storage areas, I stumbled upon a piece of White’s stoneware made in Utica. The tag attached to the object reads: “John Lamere / Long Lake / Oct. 31, 1958.”

The cooler is not the typical stoneware jug spun on a potter’s wheel. It is made from a mold, as there are relief illustrations on the front and back, including some markings that help tell the story of this object. On the front, in a banner, are the words, “LONDON/ WHISKEY / CLUB.” The illustration around the lower half of the cooler features polo players on horses, and the word “POLO” is located in the center below one of the horses and just above the cooler spout hole (actually, the hole has been plugged and painted green). Originally white stoneware with a Bristol glaze, the illustrations and lettering were accented with cobalt blue glaze by the manufacturer. A past owner, however, had painted parts of the cooler green, red and brown. On the back of the cooler, the name of the distributor is highlighted in blue lettering on a banner: “JOHN P. / SHEEHAN / UTICA, N.Y. / SOLE ACTS.” It held about 3 gallons of liquid and the manufacturer was “White’s Utica,” circa 1880.

White’s Pottery was known by many names throughout its history, producing a wide variety of stoneware items from 1838 to 1907, including jugs, crocks, coffee pots, pitchers, beer steins, water coolers, butter crocks, butter churns, cheese jars, lager glasses, mugs, canteens, punch bowls, bean pots, humidors, match safes, umbrella stands, and vases.

Noah White (1793-1865) moved to Utica in 1828, three years after the entire length of the Erie Canal opened. Utica was an important hub of commerce along the canal, which stretched from Albany to Buffalo. White worked as a laborer and a boat captain until 1834, when he entered the pottery business under Samuel Addington. White was on his own by 1839.

(Read more about this stoneware cooler in “New York State’s Mountain Heritage: Adirondack Attic, Volume 5.” Buy now at the Hungry Bear Publishing Book Store. $18.00)

Copyright 2007 Andy Flynn/Hungry Bear Publishing

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Special Event: Chronicle Book Fair Nov. 1 in Glens Falls

The largest book fair in the Adirondack North Country region – the 14th Annual Chronicle Book Fair – will be held this weekend, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1 at the Queensbury Hotel in downtown Glens Falls. It promises to be another successful event, with wall-to-wall authors and booksellers (about 120 vendors) ready to sell visitors and residents stacks of reading material for the winter or bags full of Christmas gifts.

Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend the Chronicle Book Fair this year as I will be working on a layout project for the local newspaper (deadline is looming for the annual Winter Guide). I have been selling my books at the book fair for the past several years, and I will miss the camaraderie of my fellow authors and the hospitality of the hosts, Chronicle Arts Editor Cathy DeDe and Editor Mark Frost.

In any case, I hope you are able to get to the Queensbury Hotel Sunday. The first floor will be packed with authors, and the best thing about this event, for visitors, is that admission is free. That in itself is admirable and something that should not be overlooked since authors give presentations all day long: readings, book signings, children’s activities, demonstrations, slide-illustrated talks. It’s free entertainment, a great opportunity to bring the kids along and open their eyes to the world of Adirondack literature: children’s books, regional history, travel books, Adirondack titles, hiking guides, photography, poetry, mystery and detective novels, science fiction, cook books, antique and used books. This is an event that has a conference feel to it, in a comfortable way, and gives readers complete access to their favorite local authors.

The headline author this year is John F. Ross, author of the ground-breaking new book “War on the Run: The Epic Story of Robert Rogers and the Conquest of America’s First Frontier.” Ross will speak at 1 p.m. in the Warren Room of the Queensbury Hotel, and he will be available all day to sign books.

Some of the authors who have signed up for presentations include photographers Carl Heilman II, Mark Bowie and Paul Gibaldi. Authors will include: “Dr. Dan” O’Keeffe, Glens Falls physician; Gail Fraser, author of the hugely popular Lumby series of mysteries; Teri Gay, who wrote a new history of the Suffrage movement in the North Country; children’s author-illustrators Sheri Amsel, Bruce Hiscock, Tatine Rehm, Frieda Toth, Marika McCoola and Marlene Newman; and Bill Gates, with his numerous histories of Bolton Landing and Lake George.

The full program and schedule of events will be printed in the Oct. 29 issue of The Chronicle For more information, call (518) 792-1126.

(Thanks to Cathy DeDe for providing the above information.)

Monday, October 26, 2009

Andy’s Desk: Improved blog keeps people connected to Adirondack writers

Welcome back to the Adirondack Writer blog, which I launched in 2007 and discontinued briefly from spring 2009 until the re-launch on Oct. 21, 2009. I hope to make this site a place for all people – readers and writers – to stay connected to professional writers in the Adirondack North Country region of New York state. When I say writers, I mean published authors and poets, journalists, columnists, professional bloggers, storytellers and musicians. You’ll find some photographers in there as well because some of them are also writers and/or have published books.

WHY TURN OFF THE ORIGINAL BLOG?
Fact is, when newspapers began dropping my “Adirondack Attic” column in the fall of 2008 and then in the spring of 2009, I had a lot of soul-searching to do, as a writer, and I had to figure out how to continue writing and continue to get paid for my work.

So I discontinued my column and began working with the Adirondack Museum, singer/songwriter Dan Berggren and North Country Public Radio to develop an “Adirondack Attic” radio series to begin in January 2010. We’re still working on the pilot. I had been writing the weekly column for several northern New York newspapers for more than six years. It had become so much a part of me, writing stories nonstop every week since 2003 (more than 300 in all), that simply shutting it off was both a relief and a crisis of the soul. Who was I without the column? Well, after thinking about it, I wasn’t going to give up the storytelling; I was only changing the media (going back to my roots in public radio). And, after all, I had collected those columns in five books, a series called “New York State’s Mountain Heritage: Adirondack Attic,” with a sixth book ready to be printed in the spring of 2010. I had essentially written six books in six years.

WHY TURN ON THE BLOG AGAIN?
I finally realized that without the column, I am still an author and publisher. I am still an Adirondack writer. I go to most of the author fairs in the region and see many of my author friends every summer (at Hoss’s Country Corner, the Adirondack Reader, etc.). I sign books at bookstores and stay connected with readers at lectures throughout the region on the Adirondack lecture circuit during my summer/fall book tour every year. And I still get paid for my work.

There is a community of professional writers in the Adirondack region, with different genres, styles and employers (many are retired, some have day jobs, and some are full-time freelancers). Yet there isn’t one place on the Internet that people can stay connected to them, as a whole. I wanted to create such a web site, one that gives updates on Adirondack writers – bios, accomplishments, features, news, etc. I envision it as being a way for writers to promote themselves and their work; a place for readers to get informed about the writing community; a place for writers to learn about other writers; and a place for writers to learn about professional development and special event opportunities. This is the new vision for the new Adirondack Writer blog.

At the same time, the subtitle of this blog is “Adirondack literature from a writer’s perspective.” That writer will be me at many times, yet it will include posts from other writers from time to time. I’ll give an update on my career once a week. Plus, I’ll post Writer News, Special Events, Book Reviews, Industry News, Professional Development news, Writer Spotlights, Publisher Spotlights, Performer’s Corner (musicians and storytellers), and “Adirondack Attic” stories from my archives.

YEAR OF REINVENTION
This has been a year of reinventing myself, partly because of the changes in my Adirondack Attic History Project but mainly because I left my public relations job at the NYS Adirondack Park Agency Visitor Interpretive Center in Paul Smiths in June 2009. I decided to take the plunge and write/publish full time. I currently operate my company, Hungry Bear Publishing, with my wife, Dawn, who left her banking job a year ago. Hungry Bear Publishing is the home of the “Adirondack Attic” book series and the Meet the Town community guide series. So Dawn and I have taken the plunge together, holding hands like Thelma and Louise, driving off a cliff and looking for something better in the next life. I hope we find it.

Friday, October 23, 2009

ABA asks DOJ to investigate Wal-Mart, Amazon.com and Target

On October 22, 2009, the American Booksellers Association (ABA) Board of Directors sent a letter to the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (Assistant Attorney General Christine Varney and Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Matters Molly Boast) asking them to investigate allegations of illegal predatory pricing of books by Wal-Mart, Amazon.com and Target. The ABA contends that these practices are damaging to the book industry and harmful to consumers. Here is the letter:

Dear Ms. Varney and Ms. Boast,

We are writing on behalf of the American Booksellers Association, a 109-year-old trade organization representing the nation's locally owned, independent booksellers. A core part of our mission is devoted to making books as widely available to American consumers as possible. We ask that the Department of Justice investigate practices by Amazon.com, Wal-Mart, and Target that we believe constitute illegal predatory pricing that is damaging to the book industry and harmful to consumers. We are requesting a meeting with you to discuss this urgent issue at your earliest possible opportunity.

As reported in the consumer and trade press this past week, Amazon.com, WalMart.com, and Target.com have engaged in a price war in the pre-sale of new hardcover bestsellers, including books from John Grisham, Stephen King, Barbara Kingsolver, Sarah Palin, and James Patterson. These books typically retail for between $25 and $35. As of writing of this letter, all three competitors are selling these and other titles for between $8.98 and $9.00.

Publishers sell these books to retailers at 45% - 50% off the suggested list price. For example, a $35 book, such as Mr. King's Under the Dome, costs a retailer $17.50 or more. News reports suggest that publishers are not offering special terms to these big box retailers, and that the retailers are, in fact, taking orders for these books at prices far below cost. (In the case of Mr. King's book, these retailers are losing as much as $8.50 on each unit sold.) We believe that Amazon.com, Wal-Mart, and Target are using these predatory pricing practices to attempt to win control of the market for hardcover bestsellers.

It's important to note that the book industry is unlike other retail sectors. Clothing, jewelry, appliances, and other commercial goods are typically sold at a net price, leaving the seller free to determine the retail price and the margin these products will earn. Because publishers print list prices indelibly on jacket covers, and because books are sold at a discount off that retail price, there is a ceiling on the amount of margin a book retailer can earn.

The suggested list price set by the publisher reflects manufacturing costs -- acquisition, editing, marketing, printing, binding, shipping, etc. -- which vary significantly from book to book. By selling each of these titles below the cost these retailers pay to the publishers, and at the same price as each other, and at the same price as all other titles in these pricing schemes, Amazon.com, Wal-Mart, and Target are devaluing the very concept of the book. Authors and publishers, and ultimately consumers, stand to lose a great deal if this practice continues and/or grows.

What's so troubling in the current situation is that none of the companies involved are engaged primarily in the sale of books. They're using our most important products -- mega bestsellers, which, ironically, are the most expensive books for publishers to bring to market -- as a loss leader to attract customers to buy other, more profitable merchandise. The entire book industry is in danger of becoming collateral damage in this war.

It's also important to note that this episode was precipitated by below-cost pricing of digital editions of new hardcover books by Amazon.com, many of those titles retailing for $9.99, and released simultaneously with the much higher-priced print editions. We believe the loss-leader pricing of digital content also bears scrutiny.

While on the surface it may seem that these lower prices will encourage more reading and a greater sharing of ideas in the culture, the reality is quite the opposite. Consider this quote from Mr. Grisham's agent, David Gernert, that appeared in the New York Times:

"If readers come to believe that the value of a new book is $10, publishing as we know it is over. If you can buy Stephen King's new novel or John Grisham's 'Ford County' for $10, why would you buy a brilliant first novel for $25? I think we underestimate the effect to which extremely discounted best sellers take the consumer's attention away from emerging writers."

For our members -- locally owned, independent bookstores -- the effect will be devastating. There is simply no way for ABA members to compete. The net result will be the closing of many independent bookstores, and a concentration of power in the book industry in very few hands. Bill Petrocelli, owner of Book Passage in Corte Madera, California, an ABA member, was also quoted in the New York Times:

"You have a choke point where millions of writers are trying to reach millions of readers. But if it all has to go through a narrow funnel where there are only four or five buyers deciding what's going to get published, the business is in trouble."

We would find these practices questionable were they taking place in the market for widgets. That they are taking place in the market for books is catastrophic. If left unchecked, these predatory pricing policies will devastate not only the book industry, but our collective ability to maintain a society where the widest range of ideas are always made available to the public, and will allow the few remaining mega booksellers to raise prices to consumers unchecked.

We urge that the DOJ investigate and request an opportunity to come to Washington to discuss this at your earliest convenience.

Sincerely,
ABA Board of Directors

Writer Spotlight: Brian Mann


The following is a Q&A with Brian Mann, author of "Welcome to the Homeland: A Journey to the Rural Heart of America's Conservative Revolution."

NAME: Brian Mann
CITY OF RESIDENCE: Saranac Lake, NY
FIELD: Journalist
EMPLOYER: North Country Public Radio (Adirondack Bureau chief) & Freelance

Q. What were your main writing and publishing accomplishments this past year?
A. This was the 10th anniversary of the Adirondack News bureau, so a lot of the funnest work was in celebration of that milestone. NCPR also won two national Edward R. Murrow Awards.

Q. What new projects are you working on for the upcoming year?
A. I'll be covering the "white nose syndrome" outbreak that's killing bats in the Northeast. I also hope to rededicate myself to more outdoor writing. Q. What are your upcoming public appearances?
A. I'll be speaking at an Adirondack Mountain Club event in the fall and taking part in an Adirondack Center for Writing seminar. But I hide out as much as I can when I'm off duty!
Q. If you were to write a book with one other person in the world, who would it be and what would you write?
A. Great question, but I'm a horrible collaborator. I love working with editors, who tighten and sharpen my writing. But putting my fingers on the keyboard is a very personal, private thing for me. The next book I'd love to write is about the demise of North American bats ... how's that for wonky!

Q. What do you like the most about living in and/or writing about the Adirondack region?

A. This landscape and community offers everything I want, from hard winter (which I love) to the open field country of the Champlain Valley (I spent part of my childhood in the Midwest) to the mountains and alpine country of the High Peaks (I also grew up in Alaska). People keep telling me I'm not really a local yet, but I think I've always been a local.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I grew up in Kansas and Alaska. For years I made my living butchering fish on the coast of the Gulf of Alaska. Then I started volunteering for public radio stations, where I learned my craft. We moved to the Adirondacks a decade ago. My wife Susan is a village trustee in Saranac Lake. My son Nicholas is an eighth grader. We feel blessed to be part of this community - and I feel blessed to be in a place with such a rich community of writers.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Adirondack Journalism Conference

The Adirondack Center for Writing, based at Paul Smith's College, is doing a great service to writers and editors by offering the ACW Journalism Conference on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009 at the Blue Mountain Center in Blue Mountain Lake. It promises to be informative and educational to writers and editors wishing to either continue their growth as professional journalists or to simply network with fellow newshounds. I'm hoping that students will take advantage of this unique opportunity as well.

When I worked at the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and Lake Placid News, first as a staff writer and then as an editor, I always enjoyed the journalist-only events, especially the awards ceremonies at the New York Press Association (for weeklies) and New York Newspaper Publishers Association (for dailies). We got a chance to network and learn from staffers at similar newspapers from around New York state.

The Adirondack journalism community is pretty tight-knit, and it's important to have that support, even with competing media organizations; however, there is so much we can learn from one another, and regional journalists rarely have a quiet time away from the news scene to work together and improve our skills together. This community is a pleasure to work with because it is generally not cut-throat like in bigger markets, which becomes apparent when a rude TV news crew shows up late and starts jumping in front of your camera shot at a news conference. Here in the Adirondacks, thank God, journalists are still courteous to each other. It speaks a lot to our small-town way of life and the people who live here.

I'm impressed with ACW's lineup of experienced presenters. Environmental journalist Jeff Goodell will give the keynote address, and other speakers will include Brian Mann, Adirondack News Bureau chief for North Country Public Radio; Mike Hill, Associated Press reporter in Albany; and Will Doolittle, projects editor for the Post-Star in Glens Falls.

Topics will include “How to Write A Compelling Story with a 24-hr Deadline;” “Tough Reporting in Small Towns,” how to effectively report tough stories even when they involve neighbors and friends; and “How to Make a Living as a Freelance Journalist,” strategies for building a sustainable income as a journalist working in the Adirondack North Country. This discussion will include nuts and bolts issues of multiple sales, quality control, contract arrangements, and deadline management. There will also be a “Blogging Panel Discussion” with John Warren of Adirondack Almanack and New York History, Brian Mann of The In Box, Lisa Bramen of Smithsonian Magazine: Food & Think, and Elizabeth Folwell of Adirondack Life magazine.

The conference will be held from 9:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. with lunch provided. The cost is $30 per person. Group discounts are available for three or more attending from the same newspaper or school. For more information, contact the Adirondack Center for Writing at (518) 327-6278.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Adirondack Trails with Tales

Black Dome Press released “Adirondack Trails with Tales: History Hikes through the Adirondack Park and the Lake George, Lake Champlain & Mohawk Valley Regions,” by Russell Dunn and Barbara Delaney, in May 2009. I had the honor of fact checking their chapter on the hike to the Adirondack Park Agency Visitor Interpretive Center at Paul Smiths, where I worked from 2001 to 2009 as the public relations specialist.

The book cover features an image of Winslow Homer’s oil painting, “Two Guides,” with Keene Valley guide Orson “Old Mountain” Phelps hiking in the Adirondack high peaks with fellow guide Charles Holt in the early 1870s. In their book, Russell and Barbara are your trusty Adirondack guides, taking us to places throughout New York’s North Country with history in mind. They are masterful storytellers, and even those not inclined to follow in their footsteps can appreciate this detailed volume of New York history, one chapter at a time.

I encourage you to take some of the authors’ “History Hikes” and re-live history. Heck, make your own memories, but don’t forget to bring along this wonderful book as your hiking companion. With directions, maps and photographs, it is an extremely user-friendly guidebook – not too bulky for the backpack and a perfect size for the car.

The hikes include: Valcour Island, Coon Mountain, Crown Point: Fort St. Frederic & His Majesty s Fort of Crown Point, Fort Ticonderoga, Ironville & Penfield Homestead, Rock Pond, Rogers Rock, Shelving Rock Mountain & Shelving Rock Falls, Prospect Mountain, Fort George and Bloody Pond, Cooper s Cave & Betar Byway, John Brown s Farm, Mt. Jo & Mt. Van Hoevenberg, Adirondac & Indian Pass, East Branch of the Ausable River & Adirondack Mountain Reserve, Santanoni, The Sagamore, Paul Smiths, Hooper Garnet Mine, Chimney Mountain, Kunjamuk Cave, Griffin, Griffin Falls, & Auger Falls, Moss Island, Tufa Caves & Waterfalls of Van Hornesville, Canajoharie Gorge, and Wolf Hollow.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Russell Dunn and Barbara Delaney, both New York State-licensed guides, are the authors of Trails with Tales: History Hikes through the Capital Region, Saratoga, Berkshires, Catskills & Hudson Valley (Black Dome Press, 2006). Dunn is also the author of an ongoing series of guidebooks to the waterfalls of eastern New York State and western New England, including Adirondack Waterfall Guide: New York's Cool Cascades (Black Dome Press, 2003), Catskill Region Waterfall Guide: Cool Cascades of the Catskills & Shawangunks (Black Dome Press, 2004), Hudson Valley Waterfall Guide: From Saratoga and the Capital Region to the Highlands and Palisades (Black Dome Press, 2005), Mohawk Region Waterfall Guide: From the Capital District to Cooperstown & Syracuse (Black Dome Press, 2007), and Berkshire Region Waterfall Guide: Cool Cascades of the Berkshire & Taconic Mountains (Black Dome Press, 2008). He is also the author of Adventures around the Great Sacandaga Lake (Nicholas K. Burns Publishing, 2002), and a soon-to-be-published guidebook on kayaking the waterways of the Capital District Region.

BOOK STATS

Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Black Dome Press
ISBN-10: 1883789648
ISBN-13: 978-1883789640
LAYOUT: 9 x 5.9 inches
LIST PRICE: $17.95