Hit a major snag with the “content evaluation” part of XLIBRIS production. Anyone else run into that?
I am trying to work it out but we may not be able to come to agreement and if so the book will not be published by them even though we have a contract. Last year they suggested a 2nd Edition of this book knowing its title and content; I did not change either the title or a word of the content, though I was unable to acquire new rights to all the illustrations and deleted those. Now they are objecting to discussions of discrimination and asking me to disguise identities and circumstances? Surely I will be able to convince them that because the entire book is about discrimination, because it was thoroughly researched and documented, because it was printed by a reputable academic press, and because it revolved around public hearings and an official court consent decree, that it is not necessary to hide identities or circumstances. And we are talking about something that occurred in 1970-73. I can’t believe I spent an entire year working on this only to run upon this roadblock.
If any writer out there has a suggestion for me, I’d appreciate it. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2nd Edition of Women, Power, and AT&T is finally in the hands of the publisher. Kathryn@19 is in final draft. All this managed to happen while I was overly engaged in politics. Plus enjoying a wonderful summer in Mt. Gretna.
Both the 2nd edition of Women, Power, and AT&T and the first draft of Woman of My Dreams are about to be in the hands of XLIBRIS.
I’ve discovered putting out a second edition of the AT&T book is not so easy when the first was done over 10 years ago by a different publisher and in effect in a different publishing world. I’ve written a new preface and acquired new permissions and in some cases new originals for the illustrations. And, I had to drop one important picture because not every newspaper company has figured out how to give permission at reasonable cost for “on demand” publishing!
At the same time, Woman of My Dreams has captivated me. My family archives hold much too much information, but I have been able to focus on one year – 1923 – and on one person – my mother Kathryn. In the summer of 1923, her Grandmother took her on a train trip across the country – I have both their diaries and last year took basically the same journey. In Kathryn’s 1923 diary, she shares her dreams with the woman she hopes to be someday.
Have several books active at the moment, two with Xlibris:
2nd Edition of Women, Power, and AT&T: Winning Rights in the Workplace
WOMAN OF MY DREAMS – the working title of my real-life novel!
And have found an archival setting at Elizabethtown College for the materials used to create Dear Coach: Letters Home from WW II
Getting excited about putting the words to paper for the real-life novel about Kathryn in 1923.
What better place to be than here in the bend of time and space known as Mount Gretna! From here I can go back to the 1890’s and connect with Rebecca, my great grandmother, or go forward and support the progressive women candidates of the future. Moonlight and I can go hiking in the woods, yet I can have the New York Times delivered each morning.