Tuesday, August 7, 2012

As Dancers Among Us Turns the Page, I Pause to Reminisce

The other day I wrote an email to Workman Publishing editor in chief Suzie Bolotin. I wanted her to reconsider a certain photo that had been cut from the final version of Dancers Among Us. This is the response I received-

"Jordan, Jordan, Jordan- the barn doors, as they say, have closed."

Then it hit me. After three and a half years of shooting, a year of traveling around the country, and months of writing and editing, the creative process for Dancers Among Us is finished. The book is complete. We are awaiting the first galleys from the printer, and no significant changes will be made.

There is still lots of work to do- we are in the throws of collecting flattering blurbs for the cover (it's going amazingly well, by the way, but we could use a few more- anyone know Madonna?), in September I may be traveling to the mid-west to participate in the printing process, and of course there's the actual publishing of the book on October 21! So it's going to be a busy year. But as for creative work on the design and content of the book, the barn doors have closed.

I would be lying if I said I wasn't feeling sentimental. From the minute I met the folks at Workman, I knew I was having a once in a lifetime adventure. I've been introduced to many people at this great publishing house, and each one of them has been generous with their time and wildly excited about the photographs. I've been inspired by their enthusiasm.

Throughout the creative process, I worked tirelessly with Suzie and senior designer/editor Netta Rabin. In addition to being brilliant, they fully embody the central message of the book- love what you do, live a passionate life, and be alive. I don't know what the future holds for Dancers Among Us, but I know one thing for certain- this has been an experience I will cherish for the rest of my life.

Suzie, Jordan and Netta