Well, today is our big day! For the past few weeks (and months!) we’ve been busily and excitedly preparing for our Launch Day: The HerStories Project: Women Explore the Joy, Pain, and Power of Female Friendship is now available!
On a personal note, let me say this: Self-publishing this book has been quite a journey. It has been challenging, frustrating at times, nerve-wracking, exhilarating, and ultimately- extremely gratifying. Watching the project evolve from an idea to a growing collection of contributors to an actual book that I could hold in my hands was thrilling. I’m not embarrassed to admit that when the book arrived in the mail, I jumped up and down and squealed like a maniac. I ran out into the driveway in my pajama bottoms (it was after 4:00 pm, after all) to greet my husband — clutching my book and shrieking, of course– as he came home from work. My oldest daughter was equally excited.
My writing partner and co-editor, Jessica Smock of School of Smock, and I are so proud of this book. It features 50 fantastic contributors, including a foreword from Jill Smokler of Scary Mommy. We think this collection of essays about women’s friendship is a reflection of just how important these relationships can be.
All women’s friendships tell a story: these sacred bonds define us, and contain our history within walls that are both fragile and powerful. The girlfriend who held your hand during a time of intense grief. The best friend who broke your heart. The woman who helped you find your footing and retain your sanity as a mother. The friendship that turned toxic. The person you don’t think you could survive without. The bonds of female friendship are among the most essential and distinct of all relationships. The friendships in the life of a woman serve as mirrors, reflecting who she was, how she has evolved, and revealing what she needs and craves in her life.
In this book, 50 women writers paint real pictures of friendship; in addition to paying homage to the beauty and power of their relationships, they share the gritty details of bitter friendship breakups and uncomfortable life transitions. This anthology will enable readers to find their own stories in the words of others, cause them to reflect on their own unique friendship history, and perhaps even inspire them to rekindle connections with women who have shaped them. The authors of this book share their stories of friendship loss, enduring bonds from childhood, navigating the transition to motherhood, and renegotiating the role of friendship in their adult lives. The diverse essays in this collection will evoke tears, laughter, and a deep recognition and appreciation for the friends with whom women everywhere share their lives.
You can learn more about our project and our fantastic contributors at The HerStories Project website, and our book is now available for purchase! We have been so amazed and humbled by the support we’ve received for this project. We couldn’t have gotten this far without all your encouragement, and today we are asking for your support once again. To help The HerStories Project have a successful Launch Day, you can:
- Buy a copy of our paperback here.
- Do some holiday shopping for your gal pals and pick up a gift copy as well! (We think this book makes a great present for girlfriends and sisters.)
- Download our e-book (FREE for the next few days!) on Amazon
- Share our big news on Facebook, Twitter, and with your friends.
- If you’re one of our early readers, we’d love some more reviews on our Amazon or Goodreads pages!
Again, we want to thank you so much for helping us to make this project become a reality. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions or comments at firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope you love this book as much as we do!
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