I guess being a niche (pun intended) author has its rewards. Today I turned in the manuscript (400 photographs and 60,000 words) for my 39th book, Forever New York: A Field Guide to New York Cemeteries and Their Residents (pub date fall 2011). Forever New York is my 5th cemetery related book.
About two months ago I got a call from Rita Braver, correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning. She said they'd like to do a segment on me and my cemetery books and photography that will air on October 31st (Halloween). (Editor's note: The show generally airs at 9:00 a.m. Eastern time, 7:00 a.m. Pacific, but check your local listings.) I often tell aspiring photographers and writers to find something obscure and become an expert. Specializing in an obscure topic doesn't often lead to blockbuster sales but it does often lead to steady sales within a niche market. My cemetery books appeal to historians, cemetery lovers and genealogists. I'm hoping that my exposure on CBS will boost the sales of the cemetery books and also result in some trickle-down sales of my other books. Stay tuned.