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My book, Living in My Skin, Even if it’s Purple, is at the publishing house! I’m teetering between excitement and doubt while praying that the book will resemble my vision for it. What if I hate it? Maybe I should have done this; maybe I should have done that. After all that writing, you’d think the hard part would be over, but I feel it’s only beginning. It’s a one-man-pony show here—write, edit, revise (many times), submit, proof, publish, market, promote, and sell, sell, sell. Golly, that’s a lot of bags to strap on that pony! Can I do it? Will it be worth it? I’m fearful my book launch will flop. Excitement . . . doubt. Stay tuned!

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  1. Janet Riehl says


    We met at the St. Louis Writer’s Guild annual holiday dinner. You are brave to have published your book. Memoir is a terrain that’s not easy to navigate. I know you’d enjoy Story Circle Network and its blog Telling Her Stories.

    The point before publication was the most anxious part of the writing and publishing process for me. Finally, a friend said, “Janet, just let it go. Let it go out into the world and let it find it’s way.”

    “Sightlines: A Poet’s Diary” did just that. I can tell that your book is doing that too. I see you making a difference in readers’ lives however you continue to carry it into the world.

    “Living in My Skin” is a book of inspiration and hope. It’s a book about bridging differences. Surely we need that in our world. Perhaps now more than ever.

    Janet Riehl

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