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With a contract for RECLAIMING JOY, I can now legitimately call myself an author with a forthcoming book. Those words have very specific meaning in the publishing world, and I have to pinch myself to make sure I haven’t dreamed it.

After having an unfinished manuscript hanging over my head for more than three years, I am not quite sure what I do next. I know a lot of work is ahead—permissions, manuscript revisions, decisions on page and cover design, marketing—but for now I am enjoying the lull.

Resources for Widows

One of the last steps in preparing my manuscript for submission to the publisher was compiling a list of all the helpful books I read on my journey from grief to joy. I have posted the bibliography here. While the list includes widows’ memoirs (and widowers’, if we count C.S. Lewis) and self-help books, I also read a lot of books on developing the positive attributes everyone needs to have a happy and fulfilling life.

Programs Available

I am scheduled to give my first “author talk” November 1, and this week I wrote the 30-minute presentation, “The Why and How of Writing a Book.” In the process, I revisited my early notes and my first draft for the first time since I wrote them and was surprised by how much made it to the sixth and final draft. I enjoy speaking to clubs and church groups and look forward to more opportunities after the Holidays. I especially want to work on a presentation for the new year: “Resolved: To Claim Joy in 2018.”

If you need a program or want more information, feel free to contact me at [email protected]. You can learn more about my topics here.

In case you missed my announcement on Facebook, I am delighted that an imprint of the Baylor University Press will publish RECLAIMING JOY, inspired by the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Philippians, in 2018.