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Friday, February 17, 2012

A Snapshot in Time

A couple of years ago I was talking with a fellow writer at a conference about my coffee table book, Hotels to Remember. Although a great deal of work went into creating this book which features my original paintings for each of the hotels, my photographs taken at the hotel sites, and my writing, the book was outdated from almost the moment it came out. This was depressing to me.
"Don't worry," the other writer said. "Your book is a snapshot in time."
Since that time, I've thought a lot about what he said. Hotels are renovated and updated constantly. Names change as new owners purchase properties. Even the oldest and most historic hotels change as one chain replaces another. Any book written about wonderful and historic hotels has to be a "snapshot in time."
Last fall, my publisher decided to consider the possibilities of that title. She elected to create A Snapshot in Time as the title for a new series of books which is actually a smaller version of Hotels to Remember, focusing on each individual hotel. Each new title has a slick beautiful hard cover. Each hotel has its own book.
So far, there are three books. The Jefferson Hotel was the first. The Homestead and Hilltop House followed soon after.
I love these little books because people will have the opportunity to collect them as a memory of a visit to a special property. And it's good to know they are A Snapshot in Time.
I'm glad another writer took the time to share his thoughts with me. Without that, I might still be sulking about the way hotels change all too fast!

A Snapshot in Time

2 comments:

Melissa Sugar said...

I love that, "A snapshot in Time". It is so true. Everything is always changing so it is worthwhile to collect snapshots of moments in time. Thank you for visiting my blog.

Monti said...

Thanks, Melissa for your comments. Everything is indeed a snapshot in time!