Friday, October 05, 2012

Trail's End

After the roaring silence of my blog readers the other day, I informed my publisher today that proceeding with an updated Biking Illinois wouldn't be a good idea. She agreed with my reasons and seemed to hold nothing against me for backing out, which was kinder than I expected (I generally expect the worst so I'm pleasantly surprised when it doesn't happen).

So I guess this is the end of the line. Eight years ago this week, Trails Books contacted me to write Biking Illinois, right after my last computer consulting contract ended and right before I drove down to Tennessee for my Uncle Bob's memorial service. The original print run of 3,000 sold out years ago, and copies are going for $50 to $300(!!!) on Amazon.com. There won't be a second edition. My career as an author is quite possibly but not necessarily finished. Oddly enough, the only person who seems disappointed by this is my wife. I guess she liked the idea of me writing a book even though the subject matter didn't interest her and I blew a couple grand of her hard-earned pay researching it.

Thank you to everyone who bought a copy of Biking Illinois. I hope my book inspired you to explore the great roads and trails of Illinois.

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