Fourteen months ago, I completed the first draft of a manuscript I hoped would, before too long, become a published book. Initially, I imagined the actual writing of the manuscript to compose the bulk of the work required of me, but, upon investigation of the book publishing process, I discovered it to comprise a mere fraction of all that needs doing!
So, essentially, I went to school, and I invited you along with me! Through the counsel of a myriad articles, books, classes, conferences, pod casts, critique groups, and mentors, I launched a website, a blog, a facebook page, and a twitter account; I scrambled to craft an earth-shattering book proposal, brand, tagline, and logo; and I embarked upon the adventure of puzzling out the trick to securing an agent.
And it’s really been so much fun!
Through the summertime, my book proposal has been in the capable hands of Cindy Lambert of Somersault Group for editing, and my attention’s been focused on the development of that brand, tagline, and logo – the creation of an image that communicates the heart of my gestating book, as well as my life and work as a midwife.
As I mentioned in the recent blog post, “My Favorite Part,” and touched upon in last year’s story about my first (late) husband, “Homebirthing Daddy, Brent Woodard,” the theme that resonates through my soul is, truly, the pursuit of the health of the families I serve, followed by, even crowned with their immeasurable joy as they receive their precious new babies in an atmosphere of love, strength, and reverence!
Thanks to the help of Dick Bruso of Heard Above the Noise, Sarah York of The Doula Circle, and Carol Desmond of Satterlee, Stephens, Burke & Burke LLP a very lovely image has been settled upon, and it’s that which I present to you today.
The brand and tagline speak for themselves, I think, as, really, does the drawing. The drawing itself is a tracing of Brent’s hand, a tracing of my hand, a tracing of one of our son’s feet, and a tracing of one of our granddaughter’s feet ♥
Will you share what you think of it in the comments below, and tell which of these color schemes you like best?
I’ll select one to run with over the next couple weeks!
Most importantly, I want to express my many, many thanks to all of you for the help, support, and encouragement you’ve provided me these last twelve months! It’s been one wild ride!
Kim Woodard Osterholzer, Colorado Springs Homebirth Midwife and Author
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