New Publisher Takes the Helm at Granite Peak Publications

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The Yellowstone Treasures guidebook was created by a mother and daughter team, Janet and Beth Chapple. Now author Janet is turning over the publisher's hat to editor Beth, who has great plans for Granite Peak Publications.

Earlier this month, Janet Chapple announced: “As of today I have turned over the publisher's hat to my daughter Beth.” At age 79 she has decided to focus on research and writing, leaving the practical matters of producing the full-color Yellowstone Treasures guidebook ( to others. She adds, “I feel that Beth will take GPP in new directions, especially where it comes to using social media and all the other Internet possibilities.” Granite Peak Publications may recruit writers to, in Janet’s words, “carry on the vision that first inspired me to produce Yellowstone Treasures, . . . to inform visitors and other interested readers about all the park’s wonders.”

“I am researching partnerships with other organizations that will get our content out to more people, such as campers, history buffs, and last-minute travelers,” Beth said. She also plans to create more short-form publications, on the model of Visiting Geyserland, the 48-page booklet of ten maps and hydrothermal area descriptions GPP published from 2008 to 2010. As Victor Hugo wrote, “There is nothing like a dream to create the future.”

Granite Peak Publications has published revised editions of the guidebook every three to five years since 2002, when Yellowstone Treasures won the Gold for Travel–Guides in ForeWord Magazine‘s Book of the Year Awards. Find out more at We may be open to publishing on other subjects relating to Greater Yellowstone.

About the Author:

Montana native Janet Chapple’s association with Yellowstone goes back to early childhood, when her parents worked at Old Faithful during four summers. She enjoyed a long career as a professional cellist in Rhode Island before creating Yellowstone Treasures. Read her news and views on Yellowstone on her blog,

About the Publisher:

Beth Chapple is a veteran freelance editor for book publishers and individual scholars. She has edited and helped in the production of all four editions of Yellowstone Treasures. She holds a B.A. in German Studies from Stanford University and an M.S. in Technical Communication from University of Washington. She served on the board of the Northwest Independent Editors Guild for eight years. A private pilot since 2004, Beth enjoys hiking and playing trumpet in her free time. She lives in Washington State.

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