Our Next Big Project: Moon Guide to New York State

Text: Julie Schwietert Collazo
Photos: Francisco Collazo
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Moon New York State, 5th edition.
Moon New York State, 5th edition.
The ink on the contract is barely dry, but since the contract is signed, I can now share news about our next big project: I’ve been chosen to author Moon Handbook’s travel guide to New York State. Picking up where previous author Sascha Zuger left off, I’ll carry the book forward into its sixth edition and beyond.

This is an exciting project for me for a few reasons.

First, while I have a couple guidebook credits to my name (Fodor’s Puerto Rico and Fodor’s Caribbean), I was not the sole author of those works; Moon New York State will be entirely my baby. Second, I’ll be collaborating with Francisco, who will be shooting all of the photos for the book. As you probably know, there’s no one with whom I enjoy working more than my husband. Third, the timing couldn’t be better: there’s no better time to do on-the-road research in New York than the summer.

It’ll be wheels to the road and hands to the keyboard for the next 12 weeks, and you’ll notice that most of the posts here on CollazoProjects will be about New York State- consider them out-takes from our travels around the state.

View of Rochester.
View of Rochester.
Over on my other blog, CuadernoInedito, you’ll find posts that are more process-oriented: How does a guidebook get written? How does it get researched? Who determines the organization of material? If you’re a writer or photographer, you might find these especially interesting.

We’ll still be promoting the Pope book, which was just published in Spanish, Portuguese, and German (more languages coming in the next few months).

But back to New York State: Have a tip or recommendation about a favorite place? A question you want to ask about the state’s history, culture, or attractions? Feel free to leave comments here or chat with us on twitter or facebook. We’ll also be posting photos from our research trips on instagram and flickr.

This Week: Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Bolivia: Publications & Projects

Text: Julie Schwietert Collazo
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Projects begun months and even years ago are finally coming to fruition.

My photo essay about scientific research at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base was published by DISCOVER Magazine about a week and a half ago; it subsequently hit the front page of Digg. I started working on this piece almost two years ago, so it was gratifying to see everything finally come together.

A travel feature about our trip on Puerto Rico’s Ruta Panoramica appears in the September issue of Latina Magazine, which just hit newsstands today. Hope you’ll pick it up and read it! The article also features a couple of Francisco’s photos.

And speaking of the Ruta Panoramica, that’s one of the subjects I wrote about for Fodor’s Puerto Rico, 6th edition. The guide book should have appeared on bookstore shelves around the US this past Friday. If you decide to buy one, we wouldn’t mind if you clicked through from here:

Francisco’s been keeping his camera busy; in addition to covering the Carlos Varela, Garifuna Soul, and Susana Baca performances at Lincoln Center last week, he was also credentialed to shoot the Larry Harlow, Ruben Blades, Adonis Puentes show a few nights later. It was a pretty big deal– this marked the first time Harlow’s suite “La Raza Latina” has ever been performed live. The photos of Susana Baca are particularly good; you can see them all here.

Together, we’re working on (finally) completing an iPhone app for San Juan, Puerto Rico, which will be available soon through iTunes. To promote the app and to share more advice and insight into Puerto Rico, we’re also in the process of setting up a new website- PuertoRicoTravelGuides.com. We’re also on Twitter: @PRTravelGuides.

Finally, I’ve just published an article over on MatadorChange about a female Bolivian wrestler who has dismantled gender barriers in her country. The article, accompanied by Francisco’s photos, represents the first piece in a new editorial vision we’re rolling out at Matador. Expect to see “deeper” feature-length articles about the issues Francisco and I have always cared about- the environment, immigration, social justice, and the like.