There's nothing better than to open email and find a message from people whose heart has been touched, memory stirred, or dream inspired by reading Finding PAX. When my editor, Jan Pogue, asked me bluntly what my goal was: Vanity book (Is this for YOU?); Official documentation (Is this every little detail about the boat?); or, Do you want to write a book that people will read? I chose the latter and quickly added, "and remember - not just her, but other boats and people in their lives. I want her story to touch their hearts."
Given the responses I get almost daily, it seems we met our goal. Editors are magic that way. For the first edition of my first book, mine sure was! I wouldn't trade the hybrid self-publishing option I chose and the editor/project manager I found to do it with.
Soon, I'll be embarking on a 2nd edition, with a different editor. Finding PAX will soon (touch wood) be under contract with a major publisher in London! I'll let you know who and dates to buy a copy, when I can later this summer.
For now, here's the latest review... received today from MacKenzie Drift Boat builder, adventurer, author... champion of wild rivers ... Greg Hatten. I've known Greg for a decade. Met him when he brought his first MacKenzie Drift Boat to the Wooden Boat Festival. Now, he's doing talks all over the country! Has written articles, books, and is the inspiring man behind the National Park Service's 100th anniversary "outrageous wooden boating adventure" series.
What joy it gives me to share our love of wooden boats with each other - and the world! Thank you, Greg!
"Kaci Cronkhite writes with pride and passion about the wooden boat she acquired and the quest to learn her history. That quest seemed quixotic at times but her persistence and obsession ultimately rewarded her with the clues to know the life story of the well-travelled and "buxom" boat named PAX. Finding PAX is a wonderful combination of mystery, intrigue, heartbreak, craftsmanship, and emotion all mixed together in a wooden boat story that had me rooting for the author, for the boat, and all the previous owners. Over the years, everyone who came in contact with PAX came under her spell and you will too if you read this wonderful, artfully crafted book." - Greg Hatten, 2017