Wednesday, January 14, 2009
The Heart of a Father - Publication Date Set!
Greetings, friends! I have some very exciting news to report regarding The Heart of a Father. I finally received all of the essays I have been waiting for! We are still in the process of editing the essays, but now the book has all of the material I feel it needed to be complete. It feels good to finally be at this point.
I have set Fathers Day 2009 as our publication date. We need time to get the book to the printer, to receive it and then send it out to reviewers. We still need to create the back cover -- which will depend up quotes from the reviews we get from early readers. We are hoping to receive some pre-publication publicity and book reviews in magazines and newspapers. Sometimes it feels like putting the book together was a piece of cake compared to the tasks we have before us -- and we aren't quite done putting the book together yet!
I am excited that we have agreed upon the front cover and that I have hired an interior designer to help with inserting art and photos in the book. I really needed extra help putting this book together. I did almost everything myself with The Heart of a Mother (except for hiring an excellent editor to work with me -- Michelle Jestice), and it was extremely time-consuming. With all of the other things I'm involved in now (robotics coach, swim official, having a senior in high school and taking Alex to college 5 days a week), I'm afraid it would take me over a year to get everything together. With the help of my dad and Sue, my interior designer, I am hopeful we'll get the book to the printer in a much more timely manner.
Once we send the book to the printer, Sue will post a pre-order form on the website. I am eager to see who wants to order the book. I am hopeful the heart community will welcome this new resource which shares so many heartfelt stories, expert advice and downright insightful experiences of men from around the world.