Friday, April 13, 2012

Childless by Marriage book publication date set

I know. I've been talking about it for years. I wasn't even pre-menopausal when I started this project, and now I'm post-menopausal. But it's coming. Childless by Marriage, the ebook, is scheduled to be released May 13, which happens to be Mother's Day.Instead of moping about your childless state, you can read this. I'm starting with a Kindle ebook, which will be very reasonably priced. In that format, we can easily work out the kinks--if we find any--before the paperback goes to press.

I'm currently tweaking the formatting and stressing out over how my family, especially my stepchildren, will react. I worry about revealing so much of my life to everyone I know and everyone I don't know, but we need to tell our stories so people will understand what it's like to be childless in a world where most people have children.

Right now, I'm working with an artist on cover ideas. If you have suggestions, I'd love to hear them. I don't want anything cartoonish. There is occasional humor in the book, but being childless because you have a partner who can't or doesn't want to have babies with you is a serious matter. It deserves a dignified cover. So I welcome your ideas that I can share with Jeffery over the next week or so. He designed my Shoes Full of Sand cover, so I have faith that he'll come up with something wonderful.

So, ideas?

6 comments:

Professor said...

Oh my gosh, I can't wait! I totally understand your anxieties; I have it in my mind to write the story of my life, too, but I fear I couldn't do it unless I used a pen name and most of the people in my life were gone (which also means I hope never to have the opportunity to write it, though I probably should, like you say, to share the story). I admire your courage!
As for the cover... hmm... how do you photograph an absence? Perhaps an empty crib left on the curb by a home? Can't wait to see what you come up with. :)

l00zrr said...

perhaps a pomegranate incorporated into the cover somehow (whether bloom or otherwise)? It is the first thought that came to my mind.

Suelick said...

Umm, okay. Pomegranate. Maybe.

doubleme said...

How about a man holding a child's hand and woman's hand on a empty crib?

Suelick said...

Doubleme, I really like that idea. I'm passing it on to the artist.

doubleme said...

And the man & woman could be holding hands too.