We enjoy following the evolving stories of our Grommet friends and love hearing how they are shaking things up, making a difference or following their dreams. In the case of our pal Audrey McClelland, it's all three! Here to share her new book, we sat down for a little Q&A with Audrey (plus we have a giveaway, details at end of the post!).
The last time we spoke you were telling us about your fashion vlog and your 365 days of fashion project, tell us -- what's new with you?
Well, I'm excited to announce that my book (that I co-authored with Colleen Padilla) The Digital Mom Handbook is coming out July 26th! This has kind of taken over my life right now. We started thinking about the idea of this book back in October of 2009... so to know that it's almost ready to be released, it's truly a dream come true.
How did you like the process of writing a book? Any surprises?
You know, it's funny... I've written another book before, Preconception Plain & Simple, with my mom, but we self-published, we never actively looked for a publisher. It was much, much different -- we had to do everything (I mean, everything). This time around with The Digital Mom Handbook was a DREAM. It was hard work, yes... but it was good hard work. Colleen and I knew what we wanted to share, so it was just a matter of making sure everything we wanted in the book, made it in the book. Having an editor helped tremendously because we were guided through the whole process. We each took a stab at different chapters, and then came together to make it work as one. The biggest surprise for me throughout the process was seeing the amount of edits that went back and forth... everything is so thorough, and it was incredible to see that. Not to mention, this is "our" baby, and it was amazing to see people care about it as much as we did.
The journey has been amazing. You know, when I was working at Donna Karan, I always dreamed of doing something on my own. When I started blogging, I remember actually thinking, "Oh... so this is what I've been wanting to do my whole life." I just LOVED It! I felt like I finally figured it all out in terms of what I was supposed to be doing with my life. So when the book came along, I just felt very excited. It's an extension of myself and I just really felt so much information about the digital mom world needed to be shared. The digital mom community means so much to me, and I just wanted to be able to support it in the best way possible.
Is there a book tour in the works? Anything else you want to share with us?
We have a few things in the works. For anyone who orders our book before July 26th (the day our book will officially be released) we have a special offer for them. You'll have access to an exclusive online seminar with me and Colleen. We'll discuss the book LIVE, share tips and advice and take questions from the readers during our webinar. I'm very excited about this!! And we're going to be doing Digital Mom Handbook seminars throughout the country towards the end of 2011 and into 2012, so stay tuned for cities where we will be.
Audrey, thank you for sharing this update with us -- the Daily Grommet gang is enjoying watching your (digital) story evolve!
Want to learn more about The Digital Mom Handbook? Read more and preorder your copy here. We are also giving one away right here on the Daily Grommet blog! Just leave a comment for a chance to win a copy.
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