‘My Wyoming’ – Here is Your Chance to Contribute to New Statewide Book

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Bill Sniffin
Bill Sniffin

Our most recent Wyoming book was so successful and so much fun that we are now planning on doing another one in 2014.

The new one is called My Wyoming: Stories and Photos of 101 Favorite Places. We are asking people from all over the state to submit stories or suggestions of their favorite places that they would like included in the book.

Format will be similar to Wyoming’s 7 Greatest Natural Wonders, which was published in 2012 with a second printing in 2013.  That book concerned itself only with “natural” settings.  

The new book will be both about favorite natural and man-made places in Wyoming.  I can see special emphasis on places like the Oregon Trail, the Medicine Wheel, Frontier Days, Fort Laramie and such. Format of the new book will be identical to the earlier book featuring 14 fold-outs and the most outstanding photography ever seen of in Wyoming.

Last time, we used 31 photographers and seven writers. The book sold 14,000 copies in about 15-month period. It was certainly one of the best-selling books of its type ever done in the state.

We plan to go back to those original 31 photographers plus solicit additional photographers to submit.  As for writers, we will also solicit those same original seven writers but will open up it to everyone in Wyoming to write something nice about their favorite places.  We will try to match up their stories with the photos to make it an even more pleasant reading experience.

The stories should be from 150 to 500 words in length and those that do not make it in the book will be included in a web site called www.mywyomingbook.com. We would like the stories to be “personal” with you telling us how your feel abou the places and what wonderful experiences or events occurred there that make you love these places so much.

Please send your stories or photos or ideas to:

Back during my years as a member of Wyoming Travel Commission, I always liked the way we divided the state into four regions for tourism purposes.  Randy Wagner, a former director of the commission, helped me recall the make-up of those regions. They go like this:  “North” was Park, Hot Springs, Washakie, Big Horn, Sheridan, Johnson, Campbell, Crook and Weston.  “Central” was Fremont, Natrona, Converse, Niobrara, Platte and Goshen.  “South” was Uinta, Sweetwater, Carbon, Albany and Laramie.  “West” was Lincoln, Sublette, Teton and Yellowstone National Park.  

We also will be offering businesses the chance to buy books in quantities and have their own custom cover printed so that they can give them out to their customers.  This was a very successful program with the last book.

The book also proved to be an effective fund-raiser for clubs and organizations and school groups back in 2012 and 2013 as it was an easy “sell” when going door-to-door raising money in Wyoming.  That first book was something that everybody wanted and I think this new book might even be more popular.

That earlier book, Wyoming’s 7 Greatest Natural Wonders, obviously found a perfect niche among folks who love the state. But as the guy who put it all together, it was frustrating with all the great photos that I sifted through that were not “natural.”  We sorted through 2,500 photos to come up with a final total of 200 but it was stunning the quality of the photos that could not be included because of some man-made aspect to them.

Thus, I have been chomping at the bit to do another book, which will include lots of photos of folks at events and places that did not qualify for that first book.  We also will still include a lot of “natural” scenes because Wyoming has an abundance of such places and we will be matching photos with essays submitted.

Two examples of this would be Randy Wagner’s vast array of incredible images of the Oregon Trail.  Another would be Fred Pflughoft’s pictures of the lodges of Yellowstone Park. Both Scott Copeland and Jeff Vanuga have amazing images of petroglyphs, which could not be used in the last book because they are man-made.

I am really excited about this project and we are hoping to have published copies of the book available to the public during the fall of 2014.

We are soliciting your stories and your photos of your favorite places.  You are invited to join in the fun.

Check out Bill Sniffin’s columns at www.billsniffin.com.  He is a longtime Wyoming journalist from Lander who has written four books. His most recent book is “Wyoming’s 7 Greatest Natural Wonders” which is available at www.wyomingwonders.com.

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