November 10, 2017
If you are too far away for a signed book, here's a solution:
1. Purchase the book on your own (note the links in the sidebar on this page, or go to your own favorite)
2. Email me with a request for a book plate--what you want it to say and your postal address.
3. I mail the plate to you, you unseal the sticky side and place it inside the book, and Instant Personalized Gift!
November 9, 2017
Book signing at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in downtown Frederick. Thanks to bookstore manager Kari Stewart for including the book in the museum's great inventory! (and love the posters behind me)
October 24, 2017
Filmed an interview for Fairfax Channel 10 with Dianne Hennessy King. I was really impressed to see the studio and meet the people who volunteer their time to make the programs very professional (producer Ruth, director Sid, sound person Bob, and camera people Stephanie and Liz). Expect it to air, then be on Youtube, in November.
October 10, 2017
I send out an occasional newsletter that lists upcoming events and other information. Read the October issue. If you want to receive a copy next time (probably around mid-November), let me know.
October 9, 2017
Live interview (yikes) on Mike Slater's Biographer's Corner, AM 760 KFMB San Diego. He asks authors to list three characteristics about their subject. I listed: (1) dissatisfied (since Julia Wilbur would not accept the status quo); (2) gutsy; and (3) optimistic.
October 2, 2017
Interview on "A House Divided," part of Author's Voice at the Abraham Lincoln Book Shop in Chicago.
September 20, 2017
Next week, I am going multimedia. On Monday, Sept. 15, I am taping a program for the Story Hour with host Wendy Mann. It will air on WERA-FM and also be online. Later in the week, I fly to Chicago to participate in the Author's Voice, a webcast produced by the Abraham Lincoln Book Shop.
As someone more comfortable with the written than spoken word, I anticipate both these interviews with excitement with a dollop of dread. But, heck, if Julia Wilbur can tackle new things, so can I! Will post the links after they take place.
September 12, 2017
August 31, 2017
Book launch! A lovely evening the garden of Lloyd House in Old Town Alexandria, co-hosted with the Office of Historic Alexandria. Books sold out--with proceeds to the Alexandria Black History Museum. Friends, colleagues, neighbors, reviewers, volunteers all mixed, mingled, and celebrated the life of Julia Wilbur!
August 17, 2017
Attention, book clubs, classes, and other groups! I have created a Discussion Guide that includes 10 questions to consider as you read my book. You may view it online, or you can download it share or print out.
August 9, 2017
A Civil Life in an Uncivil Time in a Book Note in Civil War Books and Authors.
August 2, 2017
Please check out my August newsletter. Granted, much of the information is here and there on this website, but it compiles it into one convenient place.
July 20, 2017
The big reveal! (Although I wish I had closed the doors to my kitchen pantry.)
July 19, 2017
The light at the end of the tunnel is showing. I am starting to schedule events beginning in September. Although official pub date is supposedly September 1, people who pre-ordered from Amazon are getting word that the book will ship next week.
June 19, 2017
On July 13, 6 pm, I will be part of a panel to talk about the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers' Office on Seventh Street NW. I did research on the owner of the house, a woman named Susan Ireland. Others will talk about Barton's friends, coworkers, and family. More info and to pre-register here: http://www.clarabartonmuseum.org/event/associates2/
June 1, 2017
Index prepared (by a professional indexed), reviewed (by me), and submitted. The project editor told me that she was handing off the galleys and I would now deal with the marketing department.
May 4, 2017
The University of Nebraska Press Fall/Winter catalogue arrived in the mail today. See Page 39....
April 24, 2017
Proofed Galleys sent back to the publisher. I found an embarrassing number of author-created errors, despite previous reviews and a copy edit. But I caught them. (Hope there aren't others that I did not catch....)
April 6, 2017
Publisher sent the galley pages to proof. I have until the end of the month. Book is 300 pages including Endnotes and Bibliography but not the Index.
February 22, 2017
Publisher sent draft "cover text" (including blurbs & bio) for my review. A Civil Life in an Uncivil Time will be in the Potomac Books/University of Nebraska Press Fall-Winter 2017 catalog!
November 30, 2016
Manuscript received (see below), reviewed, re-reviewed (X many), then returned to the publisher's copyeditor tonight, to meet the deadline.
October 30, 2016
Copyedited manuscript received. About four weeks to review the editor's changes and give it a last thorough look before it goes to production.
October 6, 2016
My manuscript has its project editor and copy editor, with the plan to wrap up the editing stage of the process by mid-December.
September 15, 2016
With a very positive third-party review, my manuscript will soon be assigned to a project and copy editor at Potomac Books/University of Nebraska Press, my publisher!
August 31, 2016
I have a guest blog, "8 Tips to Meet a Deadline that Worked for Me," on She Writes. Give it a look if you have a looming deadline--or if creating a deadline will spur you to action.
August 1, 2016: Publication Progress
I received word from my publisher that the third-party reviewer will return comments in late August.