Almost Ready for Release!

“Girlhood in America: Personal Stories 1910 – 2010,” a book about girlhood through a century, is almost ready for release!

I’ve been climbing that steep self-publisher’s learning curve and I’m finally cruising.

When you sign a contract with a publishing house, you’re usually looking at two years before your pub date. You typically have twelve months to deliver the finished manuscript and then you wait another ten to twelve months while the book goes through production (including copy edit, author review, proofing, cover and interior design, titling and other essential marketing decisions). Self-publishing is the New World, a preferred route with many benefits for an author. And in that New World, it’s up to me to choose a quality editorial and design “staff,” buy the ISBNs for the print and ebook, register with the Library of Congress, and make decisions about the best avenues for exposure.

I am thrilled with my proofreader, a savvy New Yorker who knows the Chicago Manual like the back of her hand, and she’s quick. She loves the book and is thrilled to be working on it. We’re a good team. The cover designer I’ve selected is excellent, too. I expect to have a stunning book cover for the print and ebook.

You can pre-order the book and stay posted as the pub date nears. You won’t be added to any mailing lists, but you will be invited to the Bay Area launch party, which promises to be great fun, with readings by some of the girls featured in the book — their stories of life, from the 1920s to the 2000s.

I am so excited to share the book with you soon!