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Women in Publishing Summit and me

Hey everyone! I wanted to give you an update on the two things that are happening over here at the moment.

I was so fortunate to be asked to be part of the Women in Publishing Summit. If you’re unfamiliar, it’s a free online event that’s open to the public where over 40 women discuss different aspects of this crazy publishing life, whether they’re indies, traditional published, or industry professionals. It’s from March 2-8.

And I got to be part of it!

Me. Little ole me.

I’ve got receipts. That’s me!

I discussed how I used AuthorTube and #writestuff to create an online community and an author platform. It was a great conversation and I really look forward to y’all checking it out. I like to think I was personable, yet informative. (You’ll have to let me know if I pulled it off.)

The way it works, you can sign up for free and then you have access to the interviews and panel discusses for that day. You can also sign up for lifetime access to the workshops, but that’s explained more on the site. My interview is on Day 3, but if you click on this link, you can see all of the information that’s available. I’ve attended two years in a row and I’ve never regretted it.

Registration is open now! I hope you go over and sign up for it. I’ve learned so much from these sessions, whether it’s panel discussions or one-on-one interviews, like mine. These women are talented, successful, and sharing their knowledge and resources. I’m so honored to be a part of it, and I hope you’ll take advantage of this opportunity.

Have you done Women in Publishing Summit? What was your experience like? Share in the comments.

Aloha y’all!

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Book Review: My Other Ex

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Around here on Wednesdays, a couple times per month, I’m going to write up a book review. This time around, I’m going to tell you about an anthology that I was delighted to read: My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Losing and Leaving Friends.

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Have you ever lost a friend? Was that loss in some ways more painful than the end of a love affair?

There are somany ways that friendships can end, and this book describes 35 of them, from talented and accomplished contributors. At the heart of each essay is the recognition from each writer that she has lost something very real and very personal, a connection that will never be forgotten. Published by The  HerStories Project Press. Editors: Jessica Smock and Stephanie Spranger. Released Sept. 15, 2014

 

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed reading this book. These women were brutally honest, taking the blame when needed, questioning why or freely admitting to feeling less than admirably toward an ex-friend. There are a multitude of reasons that friends grow apart, and they run the gambit here.

The book is broken up into sections:

  • When We’re Young
  • When We’re Grown Up
  • Motherhood
  • Reconciliations
  • What We Learned

“It’s these soul-connecting friendships that we hope will survive the inevitable physical and emotional separations that happen over time. When they don’t, whether the loss is a slow burnout or a blowout that shatters the seemingly unbreakable bond so completely it can never be repaired, it’s a sort of death, and it’s just the worst, because it’s so damn confusing and incomplete.” from the foreword.

These aren’t stories about the friend gone to soon after a long bout with cancer. These are the friends whose relationships were so strong that it felt like we were sisters. We cried with each other through the triumphs and shed more tears during abject failures. We were positive that this was the friendship that was unshakable, unbreakable. When it did dissolve, it was devastating.

The thing about these stories, is we’ve all lived them. The details and the faces are different, but at some point in life you’ve had a friendship gone awry. You have had a childhood bestie, whom you’ve simply grown apart. The work friend, who you realize you don’t have anything in common with- was she ever truly a friend? Even when the experiences are a stark contrast from your own, the emotions behind the stories are easily relatable. Women can be our biggest support system and rivals all rolled into one.

My Other Ex allows you to explore the complexities of relationships with each other. The Good, The Bad and the sometimes heart wrenching. I definitely recommend reading this collection of true stories. You should buy two copies and send a copy to a friend.

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