From the Grand Canyon to the Great Wall: I’m Published (Again)!

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This post was originally published in 2012. It has since been updated for accuracy of links and content. 

There’s something about the feel, the look, and even the smell of a book. I love turning the pages, feeling the cover, and devouring the text – on a plane, a beach, in a waiting room, lounging in bed, or anywhere else I happen to have a few moments to “escape”.

There’s something about the printed word, read off a good old fashioned piece of paper, that represents a pinnacle of success to many writers, should their words be immortalized in such a way.

There’s something about books. Multiple times a week, people tell me “you should write a book”! Never mind the fact that I’ve probably written the equivalent of a dozen books between this website and all the other places I’m regularly published in magazines and extensively online.

There’s just something about books.

I was lucky enough to have my words first immortalized in print as a co-author of 10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget, released in 2009.

And I’m pleased to announce the new release of my second co-authoring experience, in a book called From The Grand Canyon to the Great Wall: Travelers’ Best, Worst, and Most Ridiculous Stories From the Road.

From the Grand Canyon to the Great Wall book cover

The book is a compilation of 67 stories written by 54 different authors taking place in 45 different countries around the world. I have two stories being published in the book – one about a bizarre encounter I had on a side street Spain, and one about the rigours of romance on the road.

Getting Support as a Writer

With the release of my first book, I learned a few hard lessons about getting moral and professional support, especially while living abroad.

It has made me gun-shy about self-promotion in general; even more so when it comes to dealing with family and friends.

So I don’t want to flog this book on anybody – be you a stranger, a travel/writing colleague, or my mother (hi mum!).

I won’t keep track of who does and doesn’t order the book, so don’t worry – you’re not being watched.

I do believe, however, that From The Grand Canyon to the Great Wall is a fun read, and I expect you’ll enjoy it.

Thank you for your support!

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6 thoughts on “From the Grand Canyon to the Great Wall: I’m Published (Again)!”

  1. Conratulations Nora….very well done and yes there is something different about the feely touchy thing when you actually curl up with a book and hug a book in your hands…I am going to be sure to get a copy. BTW: I love the title ” From the Grand Canyon to the Great Wall”.
    Was this is a self-publish venture? or done through a publishing house…? what is your opinion on self-publishing? Reasom I am asking is that I am actually considering a sel-publish gig on a book I am writing…Thanks for your input, if any and Congrats again darling…well done

  2. Thanks, all!
    And @Baron’s – This was a hybrid between self-publishing and conventional publishing, if that makes sense….
    As for self-publishing, there’s a school of thought that says it’s the wave of the future. Regardless of whether something is self-published or house-published, I believe it ultimately boils down to marketing.
    They say that writing the book is the easy part….it’s getting the book out there that makes all the difference. And although a publishing house has a lot of marketing reach, they also have a lot of books to market, and it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle.

    Chris Guillebeau published a guide to publishing(!) that I’m reading, which outlines the pros and cons for both, and how to get started. So far I find it quite informative:


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