Monday, November 12, 2007

Book Update

Dear Readers,
I'm happy to report good progress on the book and have two requests of you:
1) I'm looking to recruit a focus group to pre-review the finished manuscript and give gut-wrentchingly honest feedback. (I will most likely move ahead with self-publishing- I have an editor, I'm looking for feedback on content.) You do not have to be in my physical vicinity. I will email it out. You have to commit to reading it and giving your feedback. You'll also have to be willing to sign a confidentiality agreement. Just respond to this post if you are interested. The manuscripts will go out after Christmas, and the focus groups (facilitated by someone other than me) will be held (via email/yahoo group) in mid January. I'm looking for about 20-25 folks regionally, nationally, and internationally.
2) I'm looking for homebirth couples due next Spring and Summer to test my workshops on. These folks DO need to be in the Greater Kansas City vicinity or be willing to travel to my locale (I have access to very low cost accommodations). The weekend long workshop will be free and held in January (date tba). I will take 4-6 couples. Using my book as the text, the workshop will prepare them for a homebirth. This test workshop will require extensive feedback as well. I also plan a test workshop for doulas and childbirth educators on homebirth preparation, but I have enough local folks to use for that one.
Thanks everyone for your feedback and responsiveness. I know I've been like a cat hiding her kittens about the book, but I've felt an intense need to write in isolation. I'm just about ready to come out of hiding.


mm said...

Raises hand and asked if she can be the Canadian recruit?!!!!
ahem... I will beg if need be!

Laborpayne said...

Welcome aboard MM,
Just send me an email at so that I'll have your contact info, and I'll be in contact next month.
Thanks for volunteering.

Laurel said...

I'd be honored to read and give feedback, Sherry. Feel free to email me at

The Rogue Midwife said...

I too would love to read your book Sherry. You already have my email.

Mid-life Midwife said...

I would be happy to read your work. Let me know if you're interested.
-The lady with The Birth Project :)

kirsten said...

count me in!

p.s. where's that video/documentary I've been wsiting for???

lucyneiland said...

hi sherry, id love to read it too.

Midwifery is catching said...

I'd be happy to - I'm in Aus.

I am a Monkey's Momma said...

I'd love to do some extra curricular reading (ie, NOT speech therapy related)! Also, I'd like some more details about this workshop...I just made it to 19 days of high temps, so I'll be expecting somewhere mid July to mid August.