After a two-year search, the creative team at Paul McCartney: In The Beatles has selected Alice Peck to serve as the book’s editor. As these things often happen, it was a strange quirk of fate that landed Alice upon our doorstep (in-box?). I was actually looking for an interior design/layout artist for the project, and I found a fellow who looked interesting enough, only to find that he had done the cover and interior design for an award winning book that a friend of mine had written (Not Only Women Bleed, by the late Dick Wagner).
Surprised by this bit of serendipity, I took a deeper look. In perusing his website, I very coincidentally came across a listing for editors that were attached to his site in the body of something he was displaying. I visited the page and found a long list of freelance book editors. I had a cursory look and had almost decided to move on, but something told me I should dig a bit deeper. By some luck of the draw, the first editor on the page was one Alice Peck. I visited her website, and I felt as if I had been directed there by some semi-divine providence. The first news item was related to an award won by a book that Alice had recently edited and co-written. The book was by one of my favorite writers, Lama Surya Das.
This made me smile on several levels – Lama Surya Das is a great writer, has published a substantial list of successful books that are very close to my heart, and I knew that he was also wise in the way of words and books.
This was only the beginning, and I discovered a litany of spiritual and philosophical works in Alice Peck’s resume that were not just cool in terms of their content, but they had also been written by some pre-eminent scholars and authors. The icing on the cake was the discovery that Alice was an excellent author in her own right (she co-wrote Surya Das’s Make Me One With Everything). In 2016, she published Be More Tree: A journey of wisdom, symbols, healing, and renewal (https://www.amazon.com/Be-More-Tree-journey-symbols/dp/1782493387). I don’t even feel the need to mention that way back in 1985, Alice had been responsible for the purchase and screenplay development of the movie, A Few Good Men, or her involvement in the television version of Dune. Oh yeah, great stuff.
Some due diligence and a great phone conversation with Alice confirmed my prescient thought that I had found what the universe wanted me to find, and we have agreed to work together on Paul McCartney: In The Beatles. This is perhaps the most important choice I will make in this process. When she mentioned that she was a big Lou Reed fan, I knew we had a deal. There are more assignments and exciting announcements that will be made in the next few days/weeks as we ramp up the backside of getting this book to market, but none will be more exciting than having Alice Peck on the team at Good Mojo Press. We are not just blessed, we are also well chuffed!