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November 2012

I wish I'd thought of that!

AstronomySpaceSouthwest-Cover-smallFriends and colleagues have kindly passed on the word about my new co-authored e-guidebook, A Traveler's Guide to Astronomy and Space in the Southwest. Some clever phrases of theirs I plan to steal:

  • Helen Fields: "Nerd it up with this guide!"
  • Polly Shulman: "It's Sirius fun!" and "Go geek guidebook!"
  • Christie Aschwanden: "Your essential guide to astronomy in the Southwest"
  • Sarah Webb: "Like astronomy, the Southwest and travel? @chelseawald and Cyril Emery have written an e-book for you."

But not only were people clever, they were effective. First-day sales put the book at #1 in this category on Amazon:  Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Nonfiction > Travel > United States > Regions > West > Mountain

So, maybe that's because our amazingly supportive family and friends bought the book, but it's a great start.  If you want to check to see whether we kept that ranking, the Amazon page is

The book's website, where people can submit their own sample itineraries as well as corrections and omissions is

Spreading the word is hard, so if you have more clever ways of saying "Buy this book!" please help me out by letting me know.