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Kickstarter supporters helped publish 'Ebb from the Shoreline - Finding Cancer and Courage', a love and loss memoir in 2014.
Kickstarter supporters helped publish 'Ebb from the Shoreline - Finding Cancer and Courage', a love and loss memoir in 2014.
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Ebb from the Shoreline - A Memoir

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STRETCH GOAL! With another $500, all backers $35 and over will get a full size print of the cover artwork which is an original, commissioned piece by Kristi Connelly.

Ebb from the Shoreline is a memoir detailing my love and loss story.  I began writing it shortly after the death of my first husband Kevin.  While he was battling Angiosarcoma, a rare cancer, he encouraged me to share our story with the world beyond the blog I had created for our friends and family to follow Kevin's prognosis.   This blog bloomed to thousands of readers and gave me a connection with many other families in similar circumstances.  After he died, I found it cathartic to write out our stories and to reminisce over the short life we had together.  The first draft of this memoir was completed after 4 years in 2012, and in 2013 I hired an editor to begin working through the purged memories I had put into writing. With the advice of some fellow writers, I determined that self-publishing would be the best route for my story to be shared due to the strong support and encouragement I have received from friends, family and within the grief and cancer communities in which I am involved.  I realized I would need significant funds to have the story properly edited, formatted, published, printed and marketed, which is why this Kickstarter campaign was formed.

Ebb from the Shoreline: How I found hope in love, anticipation and loss is a memoir that tells the story of how I fell for an internet love over a thousand miles away,

Kevin at his home in Winnipeg, Manitoba
Kevin at his home in Winnipeg, Manitoba

despite my prior dating history telling me to walk away. As our love grew, we balanced our long distance relationship,

Kevin and I just before he proposed to me in Missoula, Montana
Kevin and I just before he proposed to me in Missoula, Montana

 battled U.S. immigration, fought through financial setbacks, and were finally smooth sailing

Kevin and I just after we were wed in Lancaster, PA
Kevin and I just after we were wed in Lancaster, PA

 when a rare cancer diagnosis forced us both to leave our jobs and rely on friends, family and faith to see us through an intense 4 month battle with cancer that ended in my husband’s death. 

The last photo of us together the night before he died at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, MD.
The last photo of us together the night before he died at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, MD.

Funds from this Kickstarter campaign will be used for editing, formatting, printing, publishing (digital and print), video and art services, marketing, and travel and promotion purposes.  The book will cater to those who are interested in online dating, have struggled in a long distance relationship, and families who have faced intense struggles due to illness.

Risks and challenges

I am working with an editor who has worked on several projects in the memoir/non fiction category. She is a trusted mentor and has helped me work through through many of the writing and emotional challenges I have faced while fleshing out my story. I am working closely with a self publishing consultant to ensure that the progression from editing to print/publishing goes smoothly. While I do not anticipate there to be a delay in publishing (anticipated print date Spring 2014), this is a new journey for me and I am still navigating the self publishing process. I will consult her to overcome any delays that arise and to keep the project on schedule as much as possible.

Marketing and promotion will be over an extended period of time depending upon the willingness of book stores and other organizations to share my book, and my ability to travel during time off from my full time job and on free weekends. I will use my community and nonprofit ties to secure some readings throughout my community and I have several speaking opportunities available to me right now. Once these areas have been saturated, I will move onto more national and international venues by working with local rotary clubs and through nonprofit networking, such as the grief and cancer communities in which I am involved, to further promote the book.

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