What are Sherpa Guides?

Sherpa Guides showcases an online collection of guidebooks produced by Lenz Design & Communications, Inc. that meet the the following criteria:

1. Excellent content.

2. Content geared to a positive purpose, i.e., conservation, historic preservation.

3. Available to purchase as a book (dead trees format).

All of the books were designed, edited, and in some cases written by the Lenz Design creative team for a publishing client. The Longstreet Highroad Guides were published by Longstreet Press, The Civil War In Georgia: An Illustrated Traveler's Guide was published by Infinity Associates, and the Wildlife Viewing Guide and Natural Georgia Series were published by the Georgia Wildlife Federation. Aquatic Fauna in Peril: The Southeastern Perspective was published by Lenz Design in 1997.

Even though Sherpa Guides are books that we have produced, that doesn't mean we wouldn't consider posting your book here as well as long as it meets our criteria. We can help you gain an audience and sell some books.

What's a Sherpa?

According to Webster's Third International Dictionary, Sherpas are "a Tibetan people living on the high southern slopes of the Himalayas and skilled in mountain climbing."

When Mount Everest was summitted for the first time May 29,1953 by Sir Edmund Hillary, helping him was a Sherpa named Tenzing Norgay. Many people know the name of Sir Edmund Hillary, many fewer have heard of Tenzing Norgay. Which is kind of like Lenz Design. We are in the background, quietly helping publishers reach the top of their respective summits.

Native Sherpas (frequently not using oxygen) carry a lot of the heavy stuff belonging to foreign mountain climbers (using oxygen) who spend a lot of money and leave a lot of lightweight trash on the mountainside trying to get to the top so they can brag to their friends.

So Sherpas have our respect. We think of this Web site as a way of helping people reach their goals.

Sherpa Manifesto

By putting these books on the web, Sherpa Guides hopes to gain exposure for the books while spreading the gospel of conservation and historic preservation. If we promote tourism, we want it to be eco-friendly. We also hope to attract book buyers, who will in turn support the activities of publishers who care about these issues.

Sherpa Guides pledges the following:

1. Maintain an excellent Web site. We will do our best to make sure the information is correct and up to date. If you find incorrect information, please let us know.

2. No blind links to 404 messages or to commercial sites. We may have links to commercial sites, but you will be warned. All Buy the Book links route you to the appropriate Amazon.com page to purchase the book.

Thank you for your support of Sherpa Guides!

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