Monday, February 20, 2012

Super Cool Essay Book

I don't remember how I first came across DeNae Handy and her blog, My Read Life Was Backordered. I do remember laughing myself silly reading several posts, coming close to wetting my pants more than once.

The first time I met her in real life was about a year and a half ago at the Casual Bloggers Conference, where we were both speaking. She was as fun, funny, and awesome in person as she was on her blog. Turns out, DeNae is a great writer as well as a great person and friend.

Several months ago, DeNae asked me if I'd like to be part of an essay collection with a bunch of really cool people. The book would be about our livesour real, normal, Mormon lives, complete with the chaos of motherhood (or fatherhood), the highs and the lows of faith and family. Nothing saccharine or preachy, just great essays about what it's like being who we are.

I immediately said yes, and the final book will be available really soon, to premiere at the Story @ Home conference (where DeNae and I are both teaching again . . . how 'bout that).

The collection is titled Tell Me Who I Am, and the cover is a gorgeous watercolor by contributor Jana Parkin.

Other contributors besides Jana and yours truly include a lot of names (and blogs) you may recognize:
Michelle Budge, Gideon Burton, and, of course, DeNae herself.

I read it. I laughed. I shed a few tears. It's a great collection with a ton of variety.

Here's the awesome news:
It's available for pre-order now, at a significant discount, and bulk orders (20 or more) get even more off. Individual orders get 30% off, which, with shipping, is still less than the book all by itself. (Quite the steal.)

Just click on the PayPal order button thingy in the sidebar. For more information about ordering, check out DeNae's post about the book HERE. And to read more about what inspired to book, read THIS POST.


Stephanie Black said...

Spam morning in blogger, huh? :)

Congratulations on the new essay book! It looks fascinating, and I love the picture on the cover.

Susan Anderson said...

Sounds like a winner!


Unknown said...

You just made my year, my darling friend. Can't wait to see you next week. And I can't wait to hear what people have to say about your contributions to this book. My favorite? 'The Heart Has Its Language.' Your fans are going to love that one! I know, because I am one, and I do!!

Unknown said...

(p.s. Thought you'd like to know, you pulled a 'DeNae' in your linking. Chris Clark's link currently takes you to Steph's site. That's one of my best tricks. People should always click on my links, just to see what magical land they wind up in.)


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