"Chicken Soup for the Military
Wife's Soul." Jack Canfield, et al, Health Communications, Inc.,
2005, 330 pages.
Soup for the Military Wife's Soul," one of the latest installments
of the popular series, the authors write, "Virtually every
individual has been touched at some time by a relative, friend or
co-worker serving in the armed forces. … There are currently more
than 18 million spouses of the 30 million Americans who have served
in the U.S. armed forces. These are the 'silent ranks' that also
serve as they remain at home nurturing the family."
The resulting book is an inspiring
collection of stories, experiences and emotions that serve to
"rekindle the spirit" and recognize the unique bonds that these
families have forged in their relationships and in service of their
country. These entries inspire such sincerity and heartfelt love
that the reader cannot help but come away with a real appreciation
for these special people.
The stories are grouped together in
broad themes. These themes include:
- "Red, White and Blue" (stories of
- "I Miss You So" (coping with
separation and loss)
- "Raising Military Brats" (raising
the kids while Dad is away)
- "Holidays -- Military Style"
(always a difficult time of the year for military families)
- "Honey, We've Got Orders" (when
the order to deploy comes)
- "No Life Like It" (the life of a
military spouse is like no other)
- "United We Stand" (the strength
derived from the military fraternity)
- "An Officer at the Door" (when a
loved one loses their life in service to our country)
- "Beyond the Call of Duty" and
"Living Your Dream"
This book is recommended to everyone
as a reminder to us all that the defense of our nation is dependent
on the greatest fighting force in the world -- the men and women of
the United States military.
[to top of second column in
"The African-American Writer's
Guide to Successful Self-Publishing." Takesha D. Powell, Amber
Books, 2004, 146 pages.
What does it takes to get published
in today's competitive environment? Plenty, according to author and
editor Takesha Powell. Powell should know; she is the former
managing editor of Black Elegance and Belle magazines as well as the
former editor in chief of Jive/Intimacy magazines. In her new book,
"The African-American Writer's Guide to Successful Self-Publishing,"
she shares her expertise and secrets that can help an aspiring
author become a published author.
Powell explains the carefully
thought-out process authors should follow in trying to craft and
sell their book or other writings. Starting with "Why Self-Publish"
and ending with "Getting Your Self-Published Book to the Market,"
Powell discusses every aspect of getting one's book published.
She emphasizes the four key steps to
successful self-publishing -- marketing, distribution, publicity and
the Internet. Using these four steps Powell shares her experience
with the reader and describes how to get the word out on your book,
manage your career, gain exposure, captivate your audience and score
that first sale. Within these chapters she includes bits of wisdom
that can make the difference between your work getting published and
getting filed away in a drawer. (One favorite bit of wisdom: Use the
book "The Writer's Market" for information on literary agents. This
book is available at the Lincoln Public Library District.)
The writer's life can be a rewarding
one but, as Powell points out, it can also be difficult. In an
inspiring passage in the book's "Epilogue," she notes: "There are
many subsequent struggles in being a writer. Time, little or no pay,
and strict deadlines make it seem, whether or not, worthless at
times -- but it isn't. The key to sticking with this writing game is
to do it for the sake of communicating, getting your point across."
Although the emphasis of this book
is on self-publishing for African-Americans (such as the lists of
websites, publishing industry contacts and successful self-published
authors) this book is recommended to anyone who is considering a
career in writing and seeks professional guidance and quality
information on the business of self-publishing.