Birthing a book

Oh, the village it took to help me get my book out into the world! As many of you know, I have worked on my labor of love “Hot Flashes Cool Insights – Your Fashion, Beauty, Health & Mindset Guide to Menopause” for 2 years now. She’s ready! The official launch date of the book will be Thursday, September 26th.

I am filled with joy and, yes, a little trepidation too. I hope you love her as much as I do.The process of putting together a project and then sending it out into the world is a daunting one. It’s also liberating to wrap it up and present it to the masses.

I had no idea when I started the book how many changes it would put me through. The clear days of creative flow as well as the stormy days of creative doubt. I suppose it’s the nature of the feast we dine on when we decide that we must feed our creative soul.

I am still digesting the full impact of why the cover design proved to be such a hurdle for me. The end result is beautiful! The start of the process was unsettling for me. It is not my intent to disparage, in any way, the talent of the first two graphic designers I hired. They are very talented people indeed. Its just that we were not on the same page about conveying my vision. I seriously started to doubt myself and was, in fact, even told that I was not communicating clearly and didn’t know what I wanted. What I wanted was a creative collaborator who “got me” and understood the underlying message of my mission. Someone who could convey via imagery how I wanted women to feel when they see the book.

The significance of how important the cover was to me started to reveal itself. It was representative of how I present myself to the world. I ended up with my photo on the cover, not because of ego, but because I couldn’t find a “stock photo” of a woman in menopause that was well represented. They were all frumpy, grumpy angry looking women. You can read more about this in the final chapter of my book.

I swear I could write a book about what it’s like to write a book! To put together the final pieces, i.e. the cover design, asking for endorsements and the courage to simply say “it’s done, it’s ready, it may not be perfect, but it’s done” was like running the last half of the marathon.  Overcoming the three-headed monster aka fear, doubt, insecurity is character building of that I am certain.

And, so my dearest Hot Flashionistas, I humbly ask for your support and your spirited celebration as I birth my book. May she serve you well.