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.