How Do You Work with a Faraway Author?

February 2006
by Moira F. Harris

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Some of our authors we’ve
never met. They’re dead. We have joked about how pleasant it was to work on
their books, how agreeable they were about editing, and how they never asked
for royalties. We trust they liked the resulting books as much as the
book-buying public did, but then we’ll never know for sure. Marion Shaw, whose
book on the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893 we published, died in 1901, and
Elizabeth Taylor, whose volume of travel essays we were proud to compile, died
in 1931.


Our other authors have been people
we could meet and sit around a table with over coffee; together, we planned how
their work would be published. There is an exception, however. The co-author of
a title we will be publishing in 2006 is very much alive and we hope to meet
her someday, but we haven’t been able to manage that so far. How we have worked
together, despite the distance between us, is the subject of this account.


About Sicily from Japan


For a book about Sicilian popular
art, I needed a Sicilian co-author. We wanted someone who knew the field, could
write, and was interested in a new approach. Our topic, the gloriously painted
Sicilian cart or carretto,
had been described often—in Italian, French, German, and Sicilian—but,
never, so far as we could tell, in the English language for an American
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