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"There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and just open a vein."

Red Smith.

Indispensable support

Writing a book is hard work. It’s uplifting, frustrating, exhilarating and exhausting—sometimes all in the same hour. I’m not sure how much assistance  others need to accomplish the task but I know that I wouldn’t have progressed much beyond the starting blocks without the support (so far) of Rachel, Angela and Margaret. It would be remiss of me to not acknowledge and recommend them for their skills.


Editor: Rachel Small

Rachel has the unenviable task of not only correcting my grammar and syntax but also culling my verbosity. The excellence with which she achieves this is a measure of her capabilities as an editor. The fact that she hasn’t yelled at me yet is a measure of her patience and professionalism.

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Graphic artist: Angela Merzib

Angela developed the graphic images of my thirty nine characters.


Graphic artists: Karen Humphrey and Alexander Sakarev

Aside from being a superb graphic artist and small business owner, Karen is a friend who gingerly told me that my original cover design “just didn’t do anything for her.” I was already having doubts myself after a critique by a Reedsy cover design professional so Karen collaborated with Alex to produce a design that I really like and, most importantly, a lot of my severest critics like as well.


Memory supplement and fact checker: Margaret Best

Margaret’s  contribution is correcting, contributing and recalling where my memory has been found wanting. And I’m particularly grateful because contributing to my book usually means interrupting her botanical art. She was my business partner for many years before finally applying herself full-time to her lifelong love of art and, as one would expect of someone of her talent and dedication, she is now an internationally recognized botanical artist and teacher.

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