Saturday, 31 May 2014

Bill Dalton on "The Founding of Moon Publications"

Many large publishers started as self-publishing ventures by individual writers, but that pattern is especially dominant in publishers of guidebooks for independent international travellers.

Arthur Frommer (“Europe on $5 A Day”), Tony and Maureen Wheeler (Lonely Planet), Hilary and Geoge Bradt (Bradt Travel Guides), and Bill Dalton (Indonesia Handbook and later Moon Handbooks) are only a few of the guidebook publishers who started as self-publishers.

Bill Dalton has a fascinating 3-part account of The Founding of Moon Publications this week in Moon’s blog.

I signed the publication contract for the first edition of The Practical Nomad: How to Travel Around the World in 1995 with Bill Dalton’s successor as Moon’s publisher, Bill Newlin. Since then Moon Publications has become part of Avalon Travel Publishing and then the Perseus Books Group, but Bill Newlin is still the publisher.

We’ve had our differences over the years, but we’re still friends, and I’m still proud to be part of the family of authors and the continuing tradition of the guidebook series that Bill Dalton founded.

Link | Posted by Edward on Saturday, 31 May 2014, 09:24 ( 9:24 AM)
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