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Today I had the good fortune of driving my sixteen-year-old son to an appointment thirty-five minutes from our home. Now that the boys are driving, our time together in the car is priceless. Seventy minutes with just him alone was jackpot-worthy. I couldn’t wait. We took our seats, fastened seatbelts, and I watched as he held onto his cell phone swiping and scrolling and typing away.
Mom wasn't easy in her early seventies. I have to believe that we had her for her very best years and now she's kicking back watching us from above and all around just tickled by the accomplishments and growth of her kids and grandkids. For the grandkids I'd wish for another twenty years. One hundred would've suited her just fine. To them, she'd be ageless and easy and fun, talking Heat and Dolphins while serving matzah ball soup and asking about school. For us, it might have been, well, challenging.
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Whether you self-publish or take the traditional route, check out my guest post on playing nice in the sandbox. www.weheartwriting.com.
“I would never send my child to that school,” said my friend after I toured the local public high school in my community. And while I don’t need to make this rather weighty decision for another year, this is how we moms are trained to act in the era when high school seniors such as Suzie Lee Weiss are outlining the harsh realities facing college applicants in razor sharp Wall Street Journal op-eds. That’s a topic for a different blog.
As promised, and in keeping with my tradition to PAY IT FORWARD, I am sharing some tips on how to succeed in publishing your first book.
Today I had the honor of speaking at West Boca Raton High School to the 11th grade Honors English class. Their amazing teacher, Lauren Schneider, decided to change things up. The kids read THE MOURNING AFTER in class this past month, and we had a thoughtful discussion about the book and how it came to life. I had a feeling the kids were going to teach me more than I could ever teach them. They did not disappoint.
So you want to write a book? Today it is easier than ever to see your words in print. While easy doesn't always translate into success, it means that there are choices. You need to pick the one that is best for you. Such was the discussion at the recent Miami Beach JCC Author Panel. Thank you to Books & Books' Mitch Kaplan for moderating, my fellow authors Nick Spill, Ellen Brazer, and Joshua Max Feldman, and for the wonderful group of attendees--all with writing on their minds.
To quote Judy Melinek, forensic pathologist and author of Working Stiff, book fair is "a lot like getting lost in a bookstore but with people instead of books!"