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Generation Ex is now available! Order online here:
Today I approved the script for the audio versions of Generation Ex. The book manuscript is 65,000 words; the audio is only 30,000. Where were these guys when I was cutting from 120,000! I think the folks at Brilliance Audio did a great job capturing the good stuff!
publicist called and scheduled my first two interviews. The first one
is next Thursday with ParentingTeenagers.org.
The other is a LIVE interview with wwjc.com.
Check my schedule for exact
What a surreal day. My doorbell rang and when I
opened the door, I found 4 boxes from WaterBrook. At last, I hold in my
hand a REAL copy of Generation Ex. The folks
at WaterBrook did a great copy with the cover, the interior design, the
paper...everything. I can't wait for you to read it. Pre-buy your copy
today at any of these sites:
first press release went out today. Read
I'm honored to be receiving some great early reviews of Generation
Ex. You can read them here.
Next week is a big one in the young life of Generation Ex. It will
be introduced to the sales team on Wednesday morning. From there, the
team will be talking to book buyers everywhere. Exciting stuff!
Great news! The folks love the book. My goal has always been to balance
honesty with grace. I'm so pleased that my parents deemed my efforts a
success. The counselor also gave an enthusiastic thumbs up! So the final
draft is on its way out the door. Praise God!
My final draft is nearly done. I'm sending manuscripts to my mom, dad
and stepdad to review before turning it in. I'm also sending it to a counselor
to get a "professional" perspective. Let the nailbiting begin!
I will be presenting a workshop with my writer's group at the Calvin College
Festival of Faith and Writing! Our panel will help shed light on
an author role in promotion. If you're a writer at heart, mark your calendar
now for April 22-25. Learn more here.
Fun fact: the conference is the weekend after Generation Ex releases.
Wow! The design team at WaterBrook came up with a killer cover. Check
it out here and let me
know what you think. The message
board is always open.
The initial marketing phase as begun. Here's a first look at the back
cover copy for Generation Ex.
a Book for Adult Children of Divorce
Written by an Adult Child of Divorce.
One of the hardest truths about divorce is that every split will
have lifelong effects on the children caught in the crossfire. It
is common knowledge that children suffer during a divorce. Yet our
most significant insecurities, questions, and doubts may not show
up for years, until as adults we seek out our own intimate relationships.
In fact, millions of adult children of divorce feel lost, displaced,
or unwanted years after the ink has dried on their parents' divorce
decree. Like them, you may fear abandonment, betrayal, or failure
in your own marriage. You may feel emotionally insecure despite
academic or professional success, or you may notice that your parents'
divorce affects you more each year, not less. You are not alone.
Through research, interviews, and personal stories, Generation Ex
will help you to understand the effect of your parents' divorce
on your identity, faith, and relationships-especially marriage-and
will give you the tools you need to create a dramatically different
INCLUDES QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION.
Jen Abbas is an adult child of divorce who has dedicated herself
to discovering how children of divorce can change the patterns of
their past. Currently the copy and content chief for a national
retailer, Jen makes her home in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Her website
At long last,
this project has an official name: Generation Ex: Adult Children of
Divorce and the Healing of Our Pain. I'm so glad to have that settled.
I could publish a whole book of rejected title ideas! :-) Kudos to the
last! My new website is launched! With the rush to make my deadline, I
had to put it aside for a few weeks but at last, here it is! I think my
webmaster did an incredible job. If you're looking for a web guru, Kevin
comes highly recommended.
Click here for his website.
My editor emailed me today to say she has started reading! I'll admit,
I'm a little nervous. This is my first book. For seven years it's been
a constant dream, and for the last 18 months it has taken up most of my
non-working, non-sleeping hours. It seems so surreal to be done with that
most difficult phase of being disciplined to write it out. Now to have
it in someone else's hands is really scary. I really want her to like
it. I take comfort in knowing that her job is to help me create the most
clear, concise and compelling book possible. I should receive her comments
the first week of March. I'll check in thenů.
This day has long since been circled on my calendarMANUSCRIPT DUE
DATE! And by the grace of God, I made it! As of 9:45 this morning, my
first draft is on its way to my editor.