To my generous and kind backers,
I wanted to share with you my exciting news regarding the publication of my book, Forty Years in the Wilderness: My Journey to Authentic Living.
Shortly after the Kickstarter campaign was successfully funded last July, 2013, I returned home to Jerusalem, Israel. I secured a beautiful airy and quiet apartment that allowed me to diligently focus on reviewing with my editor all the chapters that I had previously written. After we completed this initial work I devoted the next 6 months to writing and writing, and more writing! The creative energies in Jerusalem poured forth and at times I could not keep up with my own thoughts. After each chapter my editor in Seattle reviewed the content and did her magic. By the end of February I completed all 42 chapters, the preface, prologue, and epilogue. At that point my editor reviewed the entire manuscript in its entirety with additional final edits.
I then had the book carefully proofread twice by a professional of the highest caliber.
At that point with twice edited and twice proofread manuscript “in hand” I then did what any first time writer who is self publishing would do. I froze! I had to ask myself if I am really ready to go through with this and bring my personal 40 year memoir to the world. I meditated and sought Divine guidance and the answer was a huge “of course!”
I began working with the various people involved in the final stages of self-publishing one’s memoir. This included working with a graphic designer for the book cover, the micro publisher for the book layout, who as well has the account with the printing company to arrange for the sample copy and for the advance printing of a limited number of copies, and coordinating the launch and readings with my public relations and social media manager. Once the proof copy is approved I can then confirm with Amazon.com the necessary steps to offer the book for sale online.
All of this work, and indeed it has been work whose value knows no bounds, and a learning experience I could never have imagined, leads me to share with all of you very exciting news. With deep gratitude to G-d and to all of you, I will be launching my book Monday evening, 12 May, at 8pm, in Seattle at Congregation Beth Shalom, 6800 35th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115.
For those who have donated at levels that include receiving either a soft-copy or limited hard-copy I would be blessed and humbled to personally give you your signed copy at the launch. If for any reason you are unable to make it to the launch I will be giving some readings at other venues and you are encouraged to stop by at that time. I will post the official schedule at a later date.
For those who are unable to attend either the launch or a reading in the Seattle area, fulfillment of your book will be sent afterwards.
I would like to invite all of you to continue to follow my journey by “liking” the book’s Facebook page, 40 Years in the Wilderness , where you can see current updates, book reading and launch announcements and other exciting news!
Looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible to personally extend to you my immense gratitude.
With many blessings,