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Recent updates for Replacement Child – a memoir

First, many thanks to Madeline Sharples, and her Choices blog for hosting me today for a guest post. I hope you’ll check it out!

You may also want to take a look at my ongoing blog on Psychology Today.

And, a couple of articles in Book Marketing Magazine. Check it out on iTunes–it’s a great new pub!

And here are some pics from some recent book happenings::IMG_0800IMG_0799IMG_0798IWWG

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My story in The Word @ASJA

 

In anticipation of my panel on memoir for 2013 ASJA Conference, I shared my writing journey to my memoir Replacement Child in The Word:

A Circuitous Road to Memoir

Find out more about the 2013 ASJA Conference.

 

The Search for Self for the Replacement Child; Captured in a Poem by Victor Hugo

In the literature and research I have read, there is agreement on at least one of the characteristics of the replacement child; the search for an individual identity apart from the child they have replaced, or have been born after. I can attest to this personally, in that the search for my own identity and for my role in my family was the strongest drive for me to write Replacement Child.

Looking at more academic studies of replacement children, I was struck by these selected lines from the poem “The One Who Returned” by Victor Hugo (1802 – 85) that are included in the article, “Life After Death: The Replacement Child’s Search for Self,” by Kristina Schellinski as part of her thesis for the Association of Graduate Analytical Psychologists in Geneva, Switzerland (2009).… Read more

Self-Published to Traditional #Publishing: The #Book Trailer


it was suggested to me by my publisher, Seal Press, that I consider creating a book trailer for the upcoming release of Replacement Child in March. Take a look and see what you think.

 

Excited to be Addressing the Westport Writers Workshop

If you are in the area, come join me in this discussion of transitioning to traditional publishing from my start as a self-published author on October 29 at the Westport Writers Workshop.

http://westport.patch.com/announcements/author-to-share-success-story-at-westport-writers-workshop-8bd034b5#photo-first

 

 

 

#Self-Published #Memoir to Traditional: Photo Choices

As I move closer to my publish date for Replacement Child on March 5th (Seal Press), all the details seem to be sweeping in on the fall breeze. I love this time of year, and it calms me just to look out my office window at the orange and gold leaves. Ahhh! Ok, that’s enough relaxation–back to work!

This week was dedicated to sifting through photos for the book and choosing carefully for the eight pages of photos that will be included. I’ve heard from readers of memoir that they love to see the pictures that illuminate a story, so I want to be sure to have the ones that readers will want to see.… Read more

#Self-Published to Traditional: One #Writer’s Journey: New Cover In!

 

Soooo—I haven’t written in a couple of weeks because nothing new was happening and I didn’t want to waste your time. But now things are heating up and I am getting excited—which means I need to blog to you.

As you see above, we have finalized the new cover for Replacement Child. I hope you like it! Also this week I got word that my publicist is on board and we are working on the plans going forward.

 New Release Date!

Also, the release date for #Replacement Child has been moved up to March 2013—so that is big news too.… Read more

It’s Just a Cover! #Self-Published to Traditional: One #Writer’s Journey blog

Well, it’s really not just a cover. The cover is the first impression your book makes on a reader. And we all know what they say about first impressions. For a book, it can mean the difference between being picked up and read or being left on the shelf. No one wants that. Not you. Not your publisher. Surely not your agent. So I can justify all the angst I feel about working on iterations of my new cover with my publisher.

Of course, the cover also has to reflect the content and feel of the book. You don’t want someone picking up your book expecting steamy sex scenes because of the naked man and woman on the cover only to be disappointed with, say, a deep dive into the relationship of a man with his dog.… Read more

#Copyedit: #Self-Published to Traditional: One #Writer’s Journey (3)

Copyedit!

Oh my! How quickly I forgot the torture of re-reading my manuscript. That might be an exaggeration, but getting back the copyedit from my publisher was like déjà vu all over again.  In all honesty, she did a fabulous job copyediting my book and had some very good catches.  We have a few minor disagreements in places, but nothing major.  It was, as the copyeditor said, “a light edit.” Our most substantial discussion is about commas.  But writers know that commas are the bane of our existence.  There are so many conflicting rules regarding simple series lists, complex listings and commas before conjunctions. … Read more

#Self-Publishing to Traditional: One #Writer’s Journey (2)

Letting Go Of Editing Fear

Writers tell me they are interested in hearing about the editing process with a traditional publisher after having self-published. What happens if you don’t agree with your new editor? What if you hate the newly designed cover? How do you negotiate? Or is that even an option?

I can only talk about my own experience so far, and I’ll share as much as possible here as things progress to publication. Right now my manuscript is being copy edited. That’s not to say it hasn’t been copy edited before. It has. At least four times by different eyes other than mine.… Read more