On March 25, 2011, in Uncategorized, by Andrea

It’s been a busy couple of days around this viking household, and I’ve been very busy.

Yes, I’ve even been neglecting email.  I’m sorry.  It’s been hectic.

I have announcements.  They probably should be one separate posts, but I’m going to do them together because I should really be in bed now, still really should write something I meant to do on Monday, and I need to be up in 6 hours.

Announcement #1 -

Ethicon-Endo Surgery has invited me, along with a number of other bloggers (including several other BBG’s) to come to New York City.  I’m quite stoked on a number of levels, one of which is that they are footing the bill (can you say wow?) and the other being that I’ve never been to New York City.  Ever.  I’ve driven THROUGH NY on the way to Niagra Falls as a child (quite young at that), but I’ve never had the opportunity to see the City, and I’m all excited to do so.  The event itself is a joint event put on by EES and the Obesity Action Coalition (and if you’ve followed me for any length of time, you know I’m a staunch supporter of the OAC and the advocacy they represent).  So really, I’m really quite excited to go.

Plus! You know we can’t go to a new part of the country without meet-ups, right?  Beth has created a page over on Facebook — please go and RSVP, make suggestions, see who’s coming, etc.  Shaping up to be quite a fun little trip.  And quite honestly, I’m going to need that time off because….

Anouncement #2

This probably warrants its own post, but since it’s still within “planning stages” I’ll put it in with the NYC event.

The publisher and I are moving forward with publishing the Lab Tracker.  They will be sending me a contract to look over, peruse, nitpick, obsess, fret about, pop a few Prilosec and Carafate over, and (hopefully) sign.

This also means that I have a due date set for the final manuscript for the “official” second edition (despite what some of the Lab Trackers may say, they really can’t be considered second editions based on how little was changed from printings.. long story).  So expect to see a few fewer blog posts, more angst-filled facebook postings, questions about labs that SHOULD be included that were missed (yes, I know — copper was one..).

My deadline is April 22nd.  Keep in mind that I have the event in NYC in the middle of this, a Swedish Paskbord (Easter smorgasbord) meeting to prepare for and lead the business aspect of for the Swedish group we belong to in Raleigh (I’m the chair.. yes, they really are insane), and many, many, many doctor appointments.  But I wrote the original in 9 days, so surely?  Someone remind me to get refills of my Ativan, please?

Any questions you have about the publishing, I’ll be happy to answer as I have them.  If I don’t know, I’ll try to find out as it’s probably a good question and I probably should ask anyway.  I know many of the WLS community (for better or worse) are starting to write books.. not necessarily technical books such as this, and may have questions about this process.  I think it would be a bit different than the process one would go through with a self-publishing company, but I don’t mind answering what I can.

I can tell you that I have no idea right now when the book will be available for sale, what the cover will look like (although I’ve been told I need a head shot and a bio — oh Beth? time to work some more magic with your camera), how much it will cost, what the final size will be (they said were thinking 8 1/2 x 11 though for “ease of copying”), and are still looking at doing an e-edition (although not certain how that will work out).  I’m not even certain how I will handle sales from the time the manuscript gets to them to the point it is “published” — these are all questions that need to be asked.

If you’d tell me 7 years ago this is where I’d be today?  I’d smack you.  Seriously.



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8 Responses to “Announcements”

  1. JaimeK says:

    Congratulations on all of the above! My lab tracker is one of the best investments I have made in myself.

    Enjoy N.Y. as well…

  2. Loni says:

    Congratulations Andrea! That’s such great news for you :)

  3. Kellie says:

    Congratulations Andrea! I am so happy for you! If you need any help editing, let me know! :) (And I’m local, so I can take photos for you too – and then let Beth work her Photoshop magic if need be!)

  4. Julie says:

    Good thing come to those who wait and all that jazz. I’m really happy for youf or ALL of the above. :)

  5. Laurie says:

    WOOHOOO!!! So proud of you, my friend!! I can say I knew you when!!

  6. Melissa says:

    Congratulations, Andrea!! I am thrilled for your success! As I told you earlier this week, your work is important and oh so valuable!

  7. Penney says:

    YAY 4 PIPPI!!! I am so proud of you, girlie! Head shot, feh. Send them the bull riding picture. You rock. Have fun in NYC.

  8. Lorine - MauiGirl says:

    How exciting. Now I understand.

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