From the Author
This book's essayists include award-winning authors, a Peabody winner, and columnists for American Baby
, The Washington Post
, Texas Observer
and MSN Money. Their articles have appeared in thousands of national outlets including The New York Times
, NPR, O: the Oprah Magazine
, Real Simple
, Food & Wine, Health, Prevention, Chicago Tribune, National Geographic Traveler, Town & Country, Self, AARP, The Christian Science Monitor, Ladies' Home Journal, Woman's Day, Family Circle, Marie Claire, Newsweek, The Los Angeles Times, Women's Health, The Wall Street Journal
The authors are Amy Mayer, Amy Pengra, Andrea King Collier, Beverly Burmeier, D. Cameron Lawrence, Carol Brzozowski, Cathleen McCarthy, Denise Schipani, Emily Rogan, Emma Johnson, Iris Chinook, Jody Mace, Joene Hendry, Judy Gruen, Karen Hammond, Kathy Borrus, Kristen Stewart, Lisa K. Harris, Marijke Vroomen-Durning, Meredith Resnick, Monica Bhide, Ruth Pennebaker, Sarah E. Ludwig, Sarah Zobel and Wendy Helfenbaum. It was edited by Amy Paturel, Beverly Burmeier, Gwen Moran, Jennie L Phipps, Meredith Resnick and Paul Vachon.
About the Author
Freelance Success is an online community of talented writers and editors who help each other make a living and find satisfaction in the challenging and occasionally isolating independent editorial world.
Many of its members take great pleasure in writing personal essays, but selling them isn't often easy. The number of markets that use essays has declined, and essays are a very individual thing. A writer favorite may not be an editor's choice.
Two years ago on our very active forums, we tossed around the idea of publishing a book of essays, pieces that we wanted to see in print because we thought they said something special. Out of this discussion came a plan for a cooperative publishing effort followed by months of work by several dozen people.
With Fits, Starts & Matters of the Heart
finally in hand, we offer a special thank you to Amy Paturel, who pushed and pushed until this project saw print; Beverly Burmeier, who made a lot of tough but smart content choices; Denise Schipani, who tirelessly edited the selected essays; and Paul Vachon, who promoted this book before there was anything to promote.
We also offer a round of applause and a good bottle of champagne for designer Jason Munninghoff, who came up with a cover we all good agree on.
Thanks also to the essay writers for being patient and to the many committee members who embraced even the most tedious work with enthusiasm.
Creating the first book published Freelance Success has been a learning experience. We hope you enjoy the result.
Jennie L. Phipps
Editor & Publisher