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How to Pitch Your Photo Book to Trade Publishers: Susan Middleton’s Spineless

October 9, 2015

By Conor Risch


A Pink Brittle Star. Susan Middleton’s editor, Eric Himmel at Abrams, says her work stands out as “an attempt to incorporate some esthetic values that are not simply from the realm of traditional nature photography.”

In 2006, Susan Middleton began her work photographing marine invertebrates while aboard a research vessel that was exploring the French Frigate Shoals, 500 miles west of Honolulu, Hawaii. Even then, bobbing in the Pacific with scientists from around the world, she knew she was working on a book. With several previous titles to her credit, Middleton tends to be “book-oriented,”...

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