On Your Feet: A Dancer’s Handbook For Self-care
So the self-published author has a book that has been spared real critical analysis, and is sometimes “edited” by a firm that is not particularly interested in a superior book. There is also the problem of distribution if the book is only available online, as many school boards and libraries have to buy through accredited bookstores.
All that being said, there are always a few that stand out as worthy of mention.
One of the best, and a great example of when self-publishing works, is On Your Feet: A Dancer’s Handbook for Self-Care by Dawn Nichol. This charming little book, professionally designed, well written, clearly and simply illustrated, might have had trouble finding a traditional publisher because of its limited market, so self-publishing makes sense. The author gives the editor almost equal billing, and – most important – the author knows her subject, obviously cares about it, and knows how to share her knowledge.
In fact, On Your Feet could be read by any athlete, as there is a wealth of information about giving one’s body optimum care. The common problems, from Achilles tendonitis to shin splints, are described, with cause, prevention and treatment. Stretches are explained, and pain management is addressed, with descriptions of pain. When to use ice, heat, or a vascular flush; when to rest and when to work through the injury – every detail imaginable is here. Add to this sensible, no-nonsense material on nutrition and cross-training, and On Your Feet becomes invaluable.
On Your Feet can be ordered through www.dancershandbook.com – a gift for aspiring ballerinas, perhaps? mRb