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Beth Anderson Feb 28th, 2001 07:20 AM

We will soon have (another) published author amidst our ranks!
Hi all! <BR> <BR>Some of you may know Gina Shaw, a regular in our community. She JUST signed a book deal! She will be researching and writing a book on travel in various cities for disabled travelers. Just thought you'd like to know... <BR> <BR>It's a work in progress, but the title may be: <BR> <BR>No Barriers: The Accessible Travel Guide to London (the working title). <BR> <BR>I am really thrilled for her, thought you all may be too! <BR> <BR>Beth

judyAR Feb 28th, 2001 07:39 AM

Gina, way to go. Beth, thanks for sharing her good news. After reading some of this group's trip reports, I think we must have quite a few budding authors out there.

Ed Feb 28th, 2001 07:42 AM

Well done, Gina! And a needed book. <BR> <BR>Ed

Dr. Betty Feb 28th, 2001 07:45 AM

Congratulations Gina! Thanks Beth for the heads up. That book and ones like it for other parts of Europe is really needed and will help countless people get to places they didn't know they could see. Gina, let me know when you're in Denver for a book signing. <BR>Dr. Betty

Beth Anderson Mar 1st, 2001 12:41 PM

Hey Gina - I'm so glad to hear the good news, and we're all waiting for the book for you to autograph now. <BR> <BR>How was New Orleans? I am heading to London tomorrow, whee! <BR> <BR>Beth

Judy Mar 1st, 2001 01:56 PM

Congrats Gina! That is wonderful. <BR>Beth: Have a great time!

nancy Mar 1st, 2001 03:47 PM

Beth! <BR>Have fun on your London visit!! <BR>You will need a vacation though, so you can catch up, and post your all your travels. <BR>You are falling behind there, girl :) <BR> <BR>Gina,( or Beth,) When would this book be available in stores? <BR>

Beth Anderson Mar 2nd, 2001 05:56 AM

Nancy: <BR> <BR>I know, it is sad - I have not even completely finished my other trip report. You saw the last draft, it's about there, but not quite. I'm afraid to post it, it is so long! <BR> <BR>:-)

Gina Mar 2nd, 2001 09:01 AM

Hi guys, <BR> <BR>Back from New Orleans (whew, what a time)! Beth, you're so nice to pass the word along. (Anybody think I should hire Beth as a publicist or something?) <BR> <BR>Anyway, thanks to everyone for the encouraging words. I'm very excited about this project and over the moon that a publisher has finally given the green light. When things are thoroughly signed, sealed and delivered I'll post all the details. Nancy, I would guess it probably won't be in stores until early next year, but I should know more about plans/timeline/stufflikethatthere in a week or so. <BR> <BR>Meanwhile, Beth is probably about to wing her way to London as we type. Have a great time and wave to Liberty's for me!

Bob Barker Mar 2nd, 2001 11:05 AM

Will you all say hi to Archie for me, too? I hope the twins are doing OK. Last I heard, one of them had mumps!!! Did you ever get that spot out of your carpet? <BR> <BR>Is this thread an ad in disguise or what?

Gina Mar 2nd, 2001 01:35 PM

Bob: hardly, since there's nothing for anyone to buy at the moment and won't be for quite some time yet. Beth was just thoughtful in wanting to share my good news with Fodor's folks, many of whom I consider good buddies in the world of travel planning.

nancy Mar 2nd, 2001 01:36 PM

Dear Mr.Barker, <BR>Are you still around? <BR>It has been so long since I have watched TV shows that I thought you had died! <BR>No, this is not an ad, or anything,. <BR>It maybe could be construed as a little bit of congradulatory "promotion"(if one is so inclined to think that way) <BR>But, Gina's book is not published yet, and if I had a friend who was going to be published, with a book as pertinent to travel as this one may be, what is the harm of letting people know about it? <BR>Gina and Beth are both regular contributors to the site, and I think are just passing on good info. <BR>If they come back and say ; <BR>Gina's book can be prchased for $XX , and one can get it from XX bookstore, or website, then yes, that might be construed as an ad. <BR> <BR>Otherwise ,I think it is great because I am sure there are many people out there that will benefit from this kind of info. <BR> <BR>

Bob Barker Mar 2nd, 2001 01:49 PM

Maybe that's why Beth who started this thread responded to her own original post announcing the book deal as though she had just heard the news...? <BR> <BR>Guess what's behind door number 2. Gina and her pals. <BR> <BR>It's OK. I am just helping by topping this thing again. But it seems obvious.

Gina Mar 2nd, 2001 02:18 PM

If you want to think that this is some sort of sinister advertising plot, Bob, fine. But it isn't. <BR> <BR>Here's exactly what happened, and you can believe me or not. I was in New Orleans for Mardi Gras when I heard the good news from my agent. I e-mailed a bunch of my good friends when I had a moment, including Beth A. and Monica P. from this board. Beth e-mailed back a bit later saying she'd tell folks on the board. I almost asked her not to, because I figured one or more cynics would react the way "Bob" has, but then I honestly forgot about that whole piece of things. (Those of you who have been to New Orleans for Mardi Gras can probably imagine that it's easy to get distracted.) <BR> <BR>I don't intend to "advertise" on this board when there actually is something to advertise, which as I've said isn't going to be for awhile yet and by that point this thread will be long gone. As I said before, Beth was just being kind and trying to share good news with people we both like and who share our interest in travel. It's too bad that some folks see crass motives in everything. <BR> <BR>Anyway, thanks Nancy, Dr. Betty, Ed, and both Judys for your kind words. This is a project that means a lot to me, and it brings me so much joy to be working on it with my dad, who is disabled and who's the inspiration for the project in the first place.

Buyer Mar 2nd, 2001 02:25 PM

Wow, when I first read this post I wondered how long it would be until someone wigged out about advertising!!! Now don't get me wrong, I get kind of upset when someone tries to solicit me when I visit this site, but come on... this book isn't even out yet.... and I know from experience that, No offence to Gina... just because she signed a deal doesn't mean that the book will be available for purchase this year, next year or maybe ever. Not once in any post was there a link to some website where I could buy this unpublished book so in my mind that does not indicate advertising (no product to sell yet)... I think it's nice and I wish her success

Ben Haines Mar 2nd, 2001 02:54 PM

Fodors <BR> <BR>Such a book has been in print since 1996. It is "Access in London: a guide for people who have problems getting around", written by Gordon Couch, William Forrester and Justin Irwin, Quiller Press, 46 Lillie Road, London SW6 1TN, 1996, 310 pages, 7 pounds 95 pence, ISBN 1-89916318-2. They sent about fifty students to look at each tourist attraction, and also at travel, accomodation, entertainment, and loos. The result is excellent. <BR> <BR>Ben Haines, London <BR> <BR>

Gina Mar 2nd, 2001 03:00 PM

Ben's right, it's an excellent book and I frequently recommend it to people. We used it on the first trip my Dad and I took to London together a few years ago. (In fact, Ben, you're the one who originally found it for me!) They also have an excellent guide for Paris, published in 1994. I wish they were able to update these books more frequently, though, because things have changed so much in the intervening time since publication.

Monica Mar 2nd, 2001 03:11 PM

Hi Gina! <BR> <BR>I got your email but could not get access to the complete email. Something was wrong with my computer, because Anne sent me something the other day and I couldn't get the whole document. <BR> <BR>Anyway, CONGRATS! I wish you great success. As always, keep me posted on your writings. <BR> <BR>(Hi Beth!)

Dawn Mar 2nd, 2001 03:21 PM

Congrats Gina! <BR> <BR>I don't even know you but I think this news is great! <BR> <BR>I'm not sure what exactly the issue is with people advertising. Ok, so it's not allowed here, for whatever reason, but isn't it ones choice to decide if they want to act on an advertisement? Who cares?

Hugh Ingcome Mar 2nd, 2001 04:31 PM

Hi, Tina. Hi, Joan. Hi, Betsy. Hi, Luvvy. Hi, Toots. Hi, Topsy.

judyAR Mar 2nd, 2001 09:54 PM

Although I can see why some of you might be hesitant about posting this, I was hoping to hear about books (travel or "travel-based" fiction) other Fodorites have written. I think most of us would enjoy reading something by someone we almost know. (My email address is not entirely correct...)

beth Mar 5th, 2001 02:48 AM

oh brudder. <BR> <BR>no good deed goes unpunished. <BR> <BR>the reason I re-posted, oh cynical one - and you know who you are, is merely because Gina zapped me a mail from the road, I sent out a HIP HIP HOORAY post (as most people on this forum are quite nice and LIKE to hear of other's good fortune...) and I REPOSTED the day I did because I expected her to be home from New Orleans that day and hoped she would be able to check the board and see it... <BR> <BR>no ulterior motives, no adverts here. heck, the Gina has to start her RESEARCH soon from what I understand... <BR> <BR>there you have it! <BR> <BR>the sunny day beckons...

beth Mar 5th, 2001 02:50 AM

whoops, not 'the Gina' - I started a diff thought and didn't complete it (or erase it all!) <BR> <BR>d'oh! <BR> <BR>:-)

Dr. Henry Frankenstein Mar 5th, 2001 04:23 AM

The threat that wouldn't die!!!! <BR> <BR>It's alive! ... It's alive! ... It's alive!!!!!!

Igor Mar 5th, 2001 04:42 AM

You mean "the THREAD that wouldn't die," don't you Master? <BR> <BR>

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