Ever since I was a child, I have been told that I should write a book. I never had the courage. I never had the confidence. I never had the expertise. Until now. Today is the day when I’m presenting my book (My Book! My book!!!) to the world.
It almost feels as if I’ve given birth to a beautiful baby (at the age of 51, no less!), and now it’s time to show her off! You are bearing witness to a lifelong dream coming true. So, without further ado, I present to you:
Now I need your help. If you honor me by purchasing this book, please do so today. If Amazon notices a sudden jump in sales of my book, it will encourage them to showcase it in their brick and mortar stores. I also really need your help to promote the book to others.Tell your friends. Mention it on Facebook, Twitter, Reddit (Especially Reddit!), and any other way you can think of! I’d be grateful beyond words. And once you’ve read the book, it would be great if you would post a positive review on my Amazon page.
I have to admit, I’m proud. Isn’t she beautiful? I can’t stop gazing at her! And the best part about this project is that it has been surrounded by nothing but positive energy. I wouldn’t have continued this blog without the support of my most faithful readers, and many of you have therefore been mentioned in the acknowledgements of the book, which is an anthology inspired by The View from a Drawbridge.
I also couldn’t have done this without the confidence boost I got from being a part of an anthology by StoryCorps entitled Callings. That led to publicity in NPR’s Morning Edition, Parade Magazine, Shaping Sapiens Podcast, and the September 2016 edition of O Magazine. All of that excitement and attention made me think that maybe I could do this after all.
Because of that, one dollar from every book is going to be donated to StoryCorps to help them continue to be a positive force in the world.
And once I started thinking that my dream really could come true, the team that I needed to make this baby see the light of day seemed to materialize as if by magic. Deborah Drake coordinated everything, and also edited, designed, formatted, advised and otherwise held my hand throughout the process. Amy Sassenberg produced the amazing photographs. Vicky Autry drew the graphic which I’ve fallen in love with, Bronte Polette and Dan Murray provided a wealth of software knowledge that I’d have been lost without, and Amelia Isabel Torres was gracious enough to write the foreword.
The best part about this is this beautiful book-child of mine will be the first of many. A Bridgetender’s View is intended to be a series. Each one will deal with a different topic that I’ve discussed with frequency in this blog. I thought it was only fitting that the first one be about gratitude.
And dare I say it? This little book would make a wonderful Christmas gift for the people in your life whom you are most grateful for! Just a thought.
Thank you, every single one of you, for all your support! I tell you what, though, next time, I’m asking for an epidural!