Communion Of Dreams


All systems are “Go.”
March 9, 2011, 12:18 pm
Filed under: Alzheimer's, Publishing, Writing stuff

So, the discussion has been had. Information has been gathered. Tactics and strategies have been considered. Preliminary schedules have been drawn up. Problems anticipated. Pros and cons debated.

We’re going to do it. We’re going to publish Her Final Year ourselves.

Or, more accurately, we’re going to form our own publishing group, and publish it under the auspices of that organization. Fortunately, in this day and age the actual mechanisms for doing so are already in place and do not require massive investment in plant and equipment.

I won’t trouble going into detail. But we hope to have the book ready by this summer. Wish us luck – there’s a lot of work ahead.

A first component of this will be getting some “beta” readers – I need several people who are willing to completely read the manuscript, tell me whether the book “works” for you or not. I am not asking for editing – just general feedback (we can discuss this further). I would need this feedback in the next couple of weeks in order for it to be of use. If you are willing, and agree to not pass any portion of the book on to anyone else, please contact me directly – I will send you a pdf version of the book. And when the final version goes to press, you will be thanked in the acknowledgments and sent your choice of an e-version or hardcopy version of the book.

Exciting, eh? I’ll probably post here about different aspects of the whole process.

Jim Downey

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I’ll read it.

Comment by Sarah CD

I have read at least 35 books on AD and AD caregiving. Was in support group with your Martha (the good lady wife) would be happy to read your book. Plan to buy it anyway.

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