Thursday, September 20, 2018

Interview with Authors Rhonda & George Ostertag

Hiking New York: A Guide to the State’s Best Hiking Adventures, 4th Edition

This updated guidebook features seventy-five of the best trails the Empire State has to offer—from the 4,000-foot peaks of the Adirondacks and the lore of Rip Van Winkle’s Catskills, to the glacier-gouged landscape of the Finger Lakes region. Each featured hike includes detailed hike specs and descriptions, trailhead location and GPS coordinates, mile-by-mile directional cues, gorgeous full-color photography, and a detailed map.  For more info, see:  

1.      What really inspired you to write your book, to force you from taking an idea or experience and conveying it into a book?
New paths, new places, new discoveries. We're avid hikers and trails are a great way to meet and appreciate a state, to meet and appreciate New York.  And, why not bring others along for the journey?

2.      What is it about and whom do you believe is your targeted reader?
It's a guidebook to the trails of New York. Our primary readers are fellow hikers, but also anyone interested in New York's habitats and history, vistas and valleys, and known and unknown corners.

3.      What do you hope will be the everlasting thoughts for readers who finish your book? What should remain with them long after putting it down?
That there are great places to explore and Nature holds wonder.  Trails have value. They teach, open possibilities, and have a spiritual quality.

4.      What advice or words of wisdom do you have for fellow writers?
Write for love. But if you seek to publish, remember books are a business. Think costs, reader numbers, competition, promotion, product line, and make your books as appealing to the accountant as to the reader.

5.      What trends in the book world do you see and where do you think the book publishing industry is heading?
Book publishing must meet people in the venues they frequent, be it print, digital, or audio.  Fortunately, there remains a core market that prefers the tactile nature of turning a page.  We have no idea where publishing is heading, but we're on board for the ride.

6.      What great challenges did you have in writing your book?
Nature always throws some tricks our way.  Working on a deadline, we cannot always choose clear days and ideal conditions.  But that's part of the adventure. 

7.      If people can only buy one book this month, why should it be yours?
Daily life is hectic and the escape, pace and discovery of the trail provides a great counterbalance. And New York certainly has a diversity to be cherished.  

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