A TOAST TO MY HUSBAND!

images.jpgJust yesterday I found out that I will have to make a two minute (timed to the second) presentation on my book.  It is called an elevator pitch.  That two minutes will determine whether or not I will be asked back to do a book talk.  I love to write.  I love word-smithing.  I can go to sleep and wake up in the middle of the night with a fully formed poem, the words having eluded me the day before.  I love to take my time and think when I sit in front of my computer – typing as I am, correcting, revising.   I am not so comfortable speaking in front of strangers, let alone a large audience.  I like to make eye contact.  My heart may start to pound and interfere with my thoughts.  I may turn red.  I may become aware of my hands, my feet, my shoes – and you know about my shoes.  My mouth may get dry.  I may wish I had a prescription for Xanax.

Once again, my marriage proved serendipitous.  Just last week, Phil signed both of us up for ongoing workshops in public speaking.  The group is called Toastmasters and I joined last night.  Here’s to my Phil for knowing what to do to push me along the way!  I was told that my little speech was funny, down-to-earth, honest, and that I used vivid, unique descriptors so I guess I came across as the author of this book, which has been described as honest, down to earth, laugh out loud…I am raising my glass to life!

I WILL HAVE A BOOK IN MY HANDS NEXT WEEK!!!

63560842_Kindle Ready Front Cover JPEG_7094703 2.jpgTHIS BOOK WILL BE SHIPPED TO ME NEXT WEEK.  THEN I WILL GET A DATE WHEN IT WILL BE OFFICIALLY AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE ON AMAZON AND / OR KINDLE.

PLEASE CELEBRATE WITH ME.  I AM A STORY TELLER, AND WHILE I AM TELLING THE STORY OF MY LIFE, I RELIED ON SOME OF THE STORIES YOU SHARED WITH ME.   I COULD NOT HAVE WRITTEN THIS BOOK WITHOUT ALL OF YOU AND SOME OF YOU I ONLY MET ON FACEBOOK.

 

 

Editing Mistakes

In my book, RAGING AGAINST AGING, I wrote about the artist Bonnard who was caught touching up his own painting in the Louvre.  He was escorted out by security guards, his paints and brushes in hand.  I cannot believe that I am still finding mistakes – fewer and less glaring – but mistakes, nonetheless.  I had my piece edited by the author Sherry Suib Cohen, by two friends, my brother-in-law, and twice by my daughter.  I myself have edited my 140 page book at least 12 times.  A close friend, who was a professional book editor her entire life, edited it yet again and made 1,055 comments.  I accepted 98% of her suggestions.  And yet, I am still finding mistakes.  I left out a space after a period.  I forgot to add the “s” for a plural.  I used the past perfect instead of the simple past.

I don’t remember finding obvious mistakes in any of the books I read as a child.  And I read MANY, MANY books.  But just two weeks ago, CNN had a headline that read”WEEK Earnings…”

So, exactly when will my book be ready for publication?