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Arcadia Publishing to pick up Bond Hill

Self-Publishing Bond Hill with on-demand printer lulu.com has been great but I haven’t been as inclined or motivated to self-promotion as I might have been only a few years ago. So the idea of finding a publisher to pick up my book to promote and distribute seemed like a great idea. Good thing for local historians there is Arcadia Publishing. A professor friend of mine from the University of Cincinnati published his lecture ntoes on the history of Cincinnati with them and I’ve generally been impressed by their packaging and honored for my work to be listed in their catalog. There will likely be a trade-off of course, and I will be keen to see what compromises I may have to make with my book as it currently stands with how Arcadia wants to develop it. I’m especially interested in continuing to offer Bond Hill through lulu.com as the edition closest to my raw thesis research.

The process for publishing with Arcadia has been fairly straightforward. I emailed the publisher with a description of my work and in the publisher’s reply I was asked some questions such as where I was from and whether I was niterested in attending book signings and had a relationship with any local historical societies. Passing the questionnaire back over email, my answers were reviewed by the publisher and after a little back and forth (there was some concern that since I was currently working post-graduation in Washington, DC that I wouldn’t be able to help promote the book effectively in Cincinnati) I was sent by mail an official Arcadia Publishing Book Proposal to complete and mail back to them with 20 sample images and illustrations. Arcadia moves very quickly! Just about a week after receiving my book proposal they callled me that they were interested in publishing and were wondering how quickly I could get all the materials ready for publishing. Thanks to my work with lulu, my answer was that all of my materials are ready. The book may be published as early as July 2005! I’ll probably add a few more things to my text about suburban history, building associations, 19th century commuters and the aspirations of country living, and cooperatives before submitting the draft to them.

About Aharon N. Varady


Aharon's Omphalos is the hobbit hole of Aharon Varady, founding director of the Open Siddur Project. He is a community planner and environmental educator working to improve stewardship of the Public Domain, be it the physical and natural commons of urban park systems or the creative and cultural commons of libraries and museums. His advocacy for open-source strategies in the Jewish community has been written about in the Atlantic Magazine, Tablet, and Haaretz. He is particularly interested in pedagogies for advancing ecological wisdom, developing creative and emotional intelligence, and realizing effective theurgical praxes . He welcomes your comments, personal messages, and kind words. If you find my work helpful to your own or you'd simply like to support me, please consider donating via my Patreon account.

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