The blood, sweat, toil, and tears that go into making a book, whether fiction or travel, are hard to describe. But there is an incandescent moment when you hold the proof in your hands for the first time and feel the satisfaction of authorship. Over the past year I have concentrated on two projects, both of which have now been completed.Short Stories Weekend in the Luberon and Other Stories ($9.49 including shipping)is Dixon's first book of short fiction, and fourth self-published book.
After assuring myself that the text was clean and getting an appropriate photograph for the cover (one of my own iPhone photos) I worked with CreateSpace to design the book and provide a final proof.Nonfiction His second piece of news is the May 15 publication of Markets of Paris, Second Edition ($12.63 including shipping), by Dixon and his collaborator, Marjorie Williams, a food writer from Cambridge, MA. To create this updated version of his first book by the same title, published in 2007, Dixon said, "I went to Paris for three weeks in April and May 2011 to revisit flea markets, antique markets, clothing markets—the non-food markets that make Paris such an important destination for market lovers." The Little Bookroom, which publishes travel books about off-the-beaten path places in the world's "best-loved cities" such as Paris. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review wrote of this new edition of Markets of Paris:
There's shopping, and then there's shopping in Paris. For those fortunate enough to have the problem of finding the best Parisian goods, be it cheese, clothing, botanical prints or porcelain, there's Markets of Paris.Dixon's first nonfiction book was Markets of Provence: A Culinary Tour of Southern France (William Morrow Cookbooks, 1996). Congratulate — and Help Publicize — the Expert Besides being a wonderful writer, Dixon is also a wonderful person. If either of these recent books or his past novels sound like something you're writing and would like to publish, consider following his lead and taking the plunge. And as always, help out a fellow writer by passing along his good news. If you've got happy news of your own, let me know and I'll be happy to post it. Happy writing!