If you’ve been reading for a while, you already know that last year I started a new endeavor—a series of unconventional guidebooks called the 100 Locals series.
The idea, in a nutshell, is that the most interesting, best travel secrets come from locals. They know where to find the best views in the Cinque Terre, the quietest trails in the Swiss Alps, the best croissants in Paris.
And so last year I published four books full of interviews with local people who agreed to share their favorite pizzerias and cafes and thermal spas and wineries and cultural insights.
And you know what?
They’re doing really well.
They sell every day. Sales are growing steadily. I get emails saying thank you because the books led readers to an amazing sweet shop in Sicily or a favorite new café in Rome. And the reviews have been overwhelmingly good.
Writing a book (let alone four books) is a big gamble. It’s a lot of up-front work with no guaranteed pay-off. And there’s a special kind of awe when it looks like the gamble is going to pay off—even with plenty of work ahead of you.
So, as I may have mentioned before, this year I’m going to keep going. The next two country guides are both well underway and both scheduled to publish in the next six months.
Switzerland: 100 Locals Tell You Where to Go, What to Hike, & How to Fit In is the first in store, almost finished now, with just finishing touches, last-minute edits, paperback review copies, and eBook formatting ahead.
So it will publish on May 4, 2015—full of interviews with ski experts, mountain guides, Zurich hospitality professionals, born-and-raised Alp locals, and more.
And France won’t be far behind, scheduled to publish in August just in time to spend autumn in sunny Nice, glitzy Biarritz, cosmopolitan Paris, or the always-lovely French countryside.
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