How exciting is this! Rather than a computer screen, a printed copy in a binder, a first formatted copy printed and folded in half to mimic a book, I can now hold the first proof of One of Us... and it feels so good.
When I hold this in my hands, I am reminded of the individuals who held me during difficult times. They accepted the fact that I had to remove myself when needed and sat in the pain with me at other times. This book is a reminder of the individuals who supported me when I felt violated by the legal system. A reminder of the individuals who stood by me when a newspaper article was more concerned about selling a story than reporting on a rape case with journalistic integrity. I am reminded of the hatred some individuals decided to show towards me in the comments yet I am also reminded of the individuals who thanked me for sharing or reached out to share their own stories with me.
When I hold One of Us in my hands, I am reminded that this book was never simply about me but rather shedding light on the injustices that many of us have experienced.
When I look at the words, the formatting, the piece of beautiful art this book truly is, I am thankful for the individuals who have volunteered their time and skills to help One of Us come to fruition. I am thankful for friends who read the manuscript and pointed out pieces that needed clarified so that the events and concepts were easier to understand. I am thankful for the graphic designers, copy-editors, media specialists, cartographer, and entrepreneurs who patiently worked with this project.
When I look at One of Us, I am amazed at all of the hard work that has lovingly been put into making this story come to life.
Writing a book was a learning experience and so has the publishing process. Right now, we are adjusting a few internal formatting items and will then request another proof. We are so very close to making One of Us publicly available on Amazon. I am ecstatic thinking about making a bulk order soon and having a celebratory book launch party!
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