How an Idea Becomes a Dream – Colors of Naples and the Amalfi Coast

I’m so excited I can hardly stand it.  Colors of Naples and the Amalfi Coast is complete and available for pre-order on Amazon! The printing company will not have the books ready until the end of May, but everything else is complete.

Colors of Naples and the Amalfi Coast by Margie MiklasFor at least ten years I have had a dream of publishing a book of my travel photos. When I travel I love to capture the moment with my camera and create memories forever. So many times I have been asked if there are photos in my books.  Since the answer is no, my blog has been the place where anyone can see these photos.

My other two books are published through CreateSpace, and my research has shown that photos do not print with high enough quality by CreateSpace. In addition, the paper is not appropriate for photos, so I have always opted to not include photos in my books, other than the covers.

Many of my friends have always encouraged me to include photos or create a photo book, but the price point for sale has always been too high. I knew that I couldn’t sell a book of my photography if it was priced at $50 or $60.

Thanks to my friend Jill Farrell and author Sherry Rentschler, I decided to check out some companies who specialize in printing photo books. Even Blurb, which I have found to have wonderful quality, could not price a book in  the range I needed. Enter JoAnn Locktov and Dream of Venice.

As soon as I had my first hands-on experience with this wonderful hardcover work, edited by  JoAnn Locktov, with photography by Charles Christopher, I knew that this was the kind of book I wanted to publish and I hoped that I could feasibly do it.

I sought out information from JoAnn, who was more than gracious and helpful, responding to my inquiries about the printing company,  Friesens from Canada, and the publishing process. This is offset printing, a completely different process from print-on-demand.  Thank you so much, JoAnn, for all of your help.

That was  in January, and once I realized that I could publish a photography book with a reasonable selling price, I had made a decision. I knew I needed to set a deadline before my trip to Italy. After  discussing this with Almut, my editor, we thought we could achieve the goal together. I had earned from experience that once the writing is done the editing process can take months. Thank you Almut, for your effficiency.

After talking with Brad,  the ever-knowing and patient technical support person at Friesens, I realized that I needed to learn how to use Adobe InDesign in order to create my book. That process can be another entire blog post. Suffice it to say that with the help of online tutorials from,  and many phone calls to Brad, I achieved the goal.

So here we are, a few months later, and I am elated! What I am really thrilled about is having created a book which features the people, streets, traditions, places, and history of Naples and the Amalfi Coast. Naples rarely receives its due, and the Amalfi Coast has become my favorite place in Italy.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Tina, from Discover Napoli Destinations.  She wrote the foreword to this book, and if it weren’t for her, I never would have visited Naples in the first place. After  experiencing  Naples with Tina, I was inspired to write a book which focuses on the good aspects of Naples. Grazie, Tina.

Stay tuned for my next post, which will feature Tina. Ciao.

About Margie Miklas

An award-winning author, Margie Miklas writes medical thrillers and travel memoirs about Italy, a place which has captured her passion for travel. She is also the creator and owner of the travel blog, Margie in Italy, and a contributing writer for an Italian-American newspaper. A retired critical-care nurse, she enjoys spending time with her family, including her three cats. Her favorite place is the beach, and she likes learning new computer skills, when she is not writing. A member of the Florida Writers Association, Margie makes her home in Florida.
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10 Responses to How an Idea Becomes a Dream – Colors of Naples and the Amalfi Coast

  1. Printing offset yields high quality so that was a good choice. Good luck with your sales!


  2. imarancher says:

    I am so excited! Can’t wait to see the finished product. Count me in for this one and the ones that follow.


  3. ishitasood says:

    I am so thrilled for you Margie. Congratulations once again! Can’t wait for my copy..Tears of joy! 🙂


  4. fragmeo5 says:

    MARGIE!!!! I am SO SO happy to read this wonderfully exciting news!!!! Congratulations, me dear friend!! I simply cannot wait to receive my copy! You’re amazing! And I’m so delighted to call you Friend! Can’t wait to see it 😃😃😃

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  5. It was my great pleasure Margie. Thank you for your very kind words. I am thrilled for you!


  6. lorapat says:

    Congratulations on making your dream become a reality. I hope orders pour in. I’m certain it is a lovely book; your photography is so excellent. Lois Patton


  7. Jill says:

    Congratulations, Margie!!! Your photography is so beautiful and spirited with the great beauty of people and places and landscapes. It was such fun encouraging you 🙂 I’m so looking forward to receiving my copy on order now!!!!!


  8. gene hull says:

    Margie … looks wonderful!


  9. Diana says:

    Whoohoo!!! Congrats!


  10. I’m so excited for you Margie…and for me…when I share your book with my Italian family!


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