Thursday, July 10, 2014

STL Books hosts launch 7/15 for two new "Not Your Mother's Book" anthologies

Our thanks to Linda O'Connell for sharing the story of how she and Dianna Graveman helped create these two new "Not Your Mother's Book" anthologies!

How did you become involved in developing Not Your Mother's Book...On FamilyI was recruited by Ken and Dahlynn McKowen of Publishing Syndicate to assist them in co-creating this anthology. Dahlynn and I had a previous relationship. She had worked for Chicken Soup for the Soul for ten years.

What was the process for acquiring stories? We solicited true, first-person stories through the Publishing Syndicate website, the WOW Principles Newsletter and through social media and other writer's sites. We received hundreds of stories from all over the world, and we selected 60-65 stories. They were read by me and several editors, but the publishers made final decisions.

How is NYMB different from most anthologies? The stories are not syrupy sweet or sad and sappy. They are a bit edgy, contemporary, humorous and real, confirming the fact that families are not always perfect. The family book contains stories by both men and women telling tales out of school. Some will make the reader nod in agreement, shake their head in disbelief or laugh out loud.

Did you collaborate or work alone? Dianna Graveman, a St. Louis writer, and I worked closely with the publishers to develop two separate books. It was a labor of love that lasted almost two years. Dianna co created Not Your Mother's Book...On Being a Mom. The stories in her book range from birth to empty nest and are about mothering in the modern age. These first-person accounts are relatable, fun poignant and funny.

Not Your Mother's Book...On Being a Mom is the seventh release, and Not Your Mother's Book...On Family is the eighth. has callouts for many new titles in development.

Do you have a book launch event scheduled? We are planning a joint book signing for both titles at STL Books, 100 West Jefferson, Kirkwood, MO on 7/15 from 6-9 p.m. There will be as many as two dozen contributors participating.

The books are also available at your local book retailer and online.

Linda O'Connell
Linda O'Connell is an accomplished writer and seasoned teacher from St. Louis, MO. A positive thinker, she writes from the heart, bares her soul and finds humor in everyday situations. Although she has won awards for poetry, inspirational prose and fiction, she prefers writing personal essays. Her true stories have been published in 22 Chicken Soup for the Soul books and many other anthologies and publications. Linda enjoys a hearty laugh, dark chocolate and walking on the beach.

Dianna Graveman
Dianna Graveman has worked as a teacher, manuscript editor, college instructor, and corporate training designer. She is coauthor of four regional histories and over 160 published articles for companies and publications that include Kirkus Media, CBS St. Louis, The American Surveyor Magazine, Teachers of Vision Magazine, and Writer’s Digest Books. Dianna teaches workshops and business writing seminars for the University of Missouri-St. Louis "Write Stuff" program and presents programs for libraries, writing conferences, schools, and businesses. She also provides editorial and design services through her company, 2 Rivers Communications & Design, and in partnership with Treehouse Author Services.

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