As much as I have adored working with my previous co-author, Dr. Albert Klein, PharmD on two previous editions – it just wasn’t practical for this title. He’s now living and working in North Carolina, whereas – I don’t know when (and if) I’ll be returning to my beloved southern Virginia, which makes this sort of collaboration more difficult. Also, Dr. Klein, (by the nature of his background) is more of an expert on Colombian history, culture and Bogotá life than the rest of Latin America. (I always feel that the best way to get a glimpse of life is through the eyes of those who have lived it.)
But I do want to sincerely thank Albert for everything – (without him, I might not have been brave enough to publish at all!) It’s been a pleasure working with him – both on the books and in the hospital, so hopefully we can collaborate again in the future (Medellin, perhaps?)
In the meantime, I have a new co-author for the latest book, the ‘mini-gem’ guide to Mexicali. While it’s a more breezy style book compared to my other offerings, I still feel very fortunate to have enlisted some local assistance for the sections on culture, Mexicali life and local color. The input has been invaluable for me during the writing process – and will prove to be the same for readers, (I hope!)
I am also hoping to get a few additional contributors for other sections of the book to talk about issues in their respective areas of expertise. (It may be free but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be a quality product and a good read.) It’s not a done deal – and it may be difficult due to everyone’s busy schedules etc – but I am hoping it all comes together.
Once I get all of the specifics nailed down – I’ll post more about it here.
The rest of the book is going well – I am probably about 75% complete (and then the dreaded editing process!!) Depending on how horrible editing is – and time limitations – determines whether or not the Mexicali book becomes a e-book. (I find the e-book conversion process endlessly frustrating, particularly for a die-hard fan of footnotes like myself.)