Hi friends! I haven't had the time to post here on my blog as of late as I was taking on the monumental task of publishing my first book! Its been an exciting journey and I want to thank everyone for their support over the last year. This project would have never been possible without the courageous contributors who joined me in telling their stories.
30 adoptees, from different countries and states in the U.S. all came together for this project.
We have an Australian-born contributor, a Canadian-born contributor and a contributor born in Hong Kong. The age ranges of adoptees are from 20's to 70's. Some of the authors are writers for Lost Daughters, some are first-time authors and many who already have published books out. I will be featuring each writer on a blog tour in the coming weeks and months. We will hi-light each of the author's other writings on adoption or in some cases, their books and articles in other genres.
Last week was an exciting moment when I opened the box from Amazon to see the Proof copy of the Adoptee Survival Guide. Here it is:
I am asking my readers to please like the Facebook page for The Adoptee Survival Guide. You can also see a sneak peek of all the writers and their essays there.
I want to personally thank the following people for their help in making this project possible:
Carlynne Hershberger and Jake Mumma for donating their beautiful artistic talents in creating the chameleons used on the front and back cover and on the chapter pages.
Diane Christian of The An-Ya Project who mentored me along in this project and gave me very helpful information and completely understood what I was going through. She also wrote a nice blurb for the back of the book.
Angela Manuszak who read the book prior to publication and gave valuable feedback.
Carla Becker who also read the book prior to publication and wrote a lovely review.
Rayne Wolfe for being willing to join me in this project without knowing me at all! And for also mentoring me and being my personal cheerleader.
Elle Cuardaigh for being the brilliant person that she is and helping me when I was in a jam.
Joanne Bennett for listening to me and cheering me on when I was ready to yank out my hair over formatting issues (and for using her magic wand!)
Denise Haugen and Sherry Hardin for being supportive behind-the-scenes, non-adoptee friends.
Laura Dennis for doing such a great job on Adoption Reunion in the Social Media Age which I used as a guide for setting up this book.
Richard Hill of the The DNA Testing Advisor who also wrote a nice blurb for the back of the book and was the reason I embarked on DNA testing myself.
Dr. Joyce Maguire Pavao for writing a nice blurb for the book and serving as a role model.
Amanda H.L. Transue-Woolston of The Declassified Adoptee who invited me to write for the Lost Daughters and has served as a role model for me and many others in the adoptee community.
Of course, I am grateful to all of the contributors to The Adoptee Survival Guide, which without their compassionate and talented writing, this book would not have been possible.
A SPECIAL THANK YOU to my husband Mark Grubb and very patient family. Mark is my rock and picked up the slack that was our house, our meals, our minor child, etc.
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