Author surprised by first books success

Monique Chiasson
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TRURO - A Truro resident has made the best sellers' list with her non-fiction book.
Dee Appleby's From Land and Sea Nova Scotia's Contemporary Landscape Artists was published by Nimbus and released in mid-October. It has been on the best sellers' list for three weeks and is almost sold out. There were 2,500 prints made and more may be reprinted in the spring.
"I never imagined the book would take off like this," said Appleby. "I really enjoy the success ... but it's not about me. It's about the 70 artists featured."
Those artists who are highlighted come from all over Nova Scotia, from Cape Breton to Yarmouth. A handful of artists in the book are from Colchester County, including Bruce Wood, Joy Laking, Marilyn Whalen and Alan Syliboy.
"The purpose of the book is to promote artists," said Appleby.
The book features a biography on each artist, three pictures of their artwork and a photo of them. The index in the back lists all the fine arts galleries in Nova Scotia.
Appleby has worked on the book for about two years when she began cataloging landscaping work by Nova Scotia artists. She took notice of the artists through her fine arts gallery, called The Gallery at Fox Harb'r, in that community.
"A lot of the artists were featured in the gallery ... (and) I've always loved landscape ... the rolling hills, lakes, rivers, pastures. Landscape is popular and most people would know at least one of the artists in the book."
Appleby feels the book is doing so well because landscaping art is "more dominant of all genres in Nova Scotia because it's so varied from the highlands of Cape Breton to Acadian forests, rugged shorelines, marshlands, farmland and historical villages."
With a best seller under her belt, Appleby is looking at doing a second book. Although she doesn't have specifics to share yet, she does divulge it will be on Nova Scotia in some form and expects it to take about two years to come to fruition.
"I learned doing a book requires a lot of action to detail, patience and working very closely with the publisher," she said. "This has given me the confidence to do a second book. Going into this one I knew nothing about publishing and now I do. It's a very complicated process."

mchiasson@trurodaily.com

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, TRURO, Cape Breton Yarmouth Colchester County

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