As the person who had a dream of creating a book of stories by women for women to help inspire others, it is now a dream about to be reality. I knew in 2009 that I wanted to put this book together. So I put out the word that I wanted chapter submissions. None came for a long time. There seemed to be interest, but months went by without a single entry.
Then I got my first one from Andrea Costantine who later became my business partner in the project. Her story moved me to tears, and I knew that if I had a book of stories as moving as hers, it would be a dream come true. So I kept asking.
I got feedback that people wanted to give me their story but were stuck in how to get it down on paper. Some had never made the story public before. So Andrea put on a writing workshop in January of 2010, and we set a submission deadline for early February.
The combination of the workshop and a deadline worked. I set the intention of 50 chapters, and we received 49 that we accepted into the book.
The smartest thing I did along the way was to ask Andrea to partner with me. I know I could have done it alone, but it may have taken a few more years! It is hard to do a big project like this alone. Together we utilized each other’s strengths and spur each other on.
Setting deadlines for our contributors and for ourselves has helped immensely to get the project to a finished state. Andrea can attest that I would have massaged the book for a few more months editing night and day and re-reading and polishing and then looking at it one last time again.
Finally I did let it go to print. I knew that in order for an amazing positive ripple effect to occur, it had to be released to the public. Those stories will impact others only if read, and I am ready for them to be read. I am ready for each and every one of the contributors to be recognized for their courage to stare their story and for helping others to realize that they are not alone.
August 25th feels like a due date of my third baby. (I already have two teenage girls). Like real babies, this birth has the possibility to change my life and the world as it moves around into the hands of readers everywhere.
I trust that the little errors that I might have missed in editing will be overlooked in the big picture of the wisdom and healing potential that those stories can provide.
Please celebrate these brave women with your support. Spread the word and let the ripple effects begin!